Grades

    Re: How many hours a week do Kindergarten teachers work?
    Sherri

    On 6/14/16, thinkthinkthink wrote:
    >
    >
    > Hello!
    > I need to make a serious decision please. I really want
    > to become a Kindergarten teacher but always read
    horror
    > stories about teachers almost always working 60+ hours
    per
    > week. Unfortunately I have great caregiving
    responsibilities
    > in my family and that would be impossible for me to do.
    > However I was wondering if Kindergarten teachers work
    less
    > hours? I mean TOTAL including grading, planning,
    > parent/student meetings? Also, is it extremely hard to
    > become ONLY A KINDER teacher because of
    competition? Like
    > would I need to always teach other grades too? I am
    hoping
    > to finish school to become a Kinder teacher and maybe
    > substitute teach until I finally get a Kinder position. Do
    > you think this is realistic?
    > Thank you, I don't want to make a mistake pursuing this.
    > I am in between this or just trying to work my way up in
    > administrative type jobs as a career because I really
    can't
    > work over 40 hrs a week with my family situation. I really
    > want to do this but I'm also afraid that pursuing this may
    > take away from my husband's ability to go back to school
    how
    > much he would want to as well. Poor guy doesn't even
    have is
    > High School as he came from Mexico, he's been working
    so so
    > hard for us and I want to help him too. I'm thinking of
    > waitressing weekends (I've done this many years and
    make
    > good money in tips) and going to school part time but I'm
    > not sure if I should just get some full time administrative
    > entry job somewhere so he has more freedom for his
    school?
    > We also don't have health insurance right now so we'd
    need
    > to shell out lots for obama care...I feel very confused.
    > Also with the economy right now I keep reading how
    hard it
    > is for new teachers to find work.. I'm hoping subbing
    would
    > help hold us off until I could get a Kindergarten
    classroom.
    > As far as limited hours I can work.. Thing is when we
    > have kids (we don't have any but are almost 30 so I'm
    trying
    > to prepare) as far as hours devoted to caregiving it would
    > be similar a single mom. My husband is wonderful but he
    has
    > made it clear that he is very traditional and would always
    > be willing to provide for us completely (most likely he
    > would work 60-80 hrs a week) but it's clear he would
    leave
    > almost everything else to me (all housework, child care,
    > shopping etc etc). On top of that sometimes I need to
    help
    > my parents as they off and on get very ill, and I am their
    > only child. I know if I was working over 40 hrs a week as
    a
    > mother I would go insane (I greatly respect and admire
    moms
    > who do this but I am not that skilled). I LOVE young
    > children and I'm hoping Kindergarten wouldn't be more
    than
    > 40 hours full time or maybe I could even do 1/2 day?
    > I'm sorry this is so long. It's just I'm SO torn as we
    > agreed ABSOLUTELY NO student loans and have a very
    limited
    > income. Do you think I should pursue this or just start in
    a
    > clerical entry job somewhere and work my way up as
    much as
    > possible in hope that it would be enough (maybe
    Executive
    > Assistant or Senior Administrative Assistant in a
    University
    > thing?). I'm just scared that that may become a dead end
    and
    > then when we have kids it would be impossible for me to
    back
    > to school, so I feel like I NEED to make a decision now
    or
    > else.. I might sound entitled/ too picky but with our family
    > situation I honestly can't have a career that I would need
    > to work a lot of overtime even bringing it home. I'd also
    > love being a Preschool teacher but I don't think it would
    be
    > enough to live on. Help please from you wonderful
    teachers?
    > Thank you so much....
    >
    >
    You sound like a sweet and giving person. But as a K and
    1st grade teacher for 8 years, you don't sound like you
    have the time necessary to become a PRODUCTIVE
    teacher. You would be cheating either yourself or the
    students and neither can afford to be cheated. Might I
    suggest that you become a paraprofessional until your life
    settles and you can see more clearly.