Re: Where are the teaching jobs?

    Well, I am from the area and I hate to sound glib but the market here
    is totally saturated. That's not to say that finding a job is
    impossible but consider how many colleges are spitting graduates out
    in the area. (UC, Xavier, Miami, MSJ, NKU, Wright State, etc.) Aside
    from the poor economy, which is hitting -everyone- hard, tax levies in
    this area are not passing and major layoffs took place this spring in
    several districts. Governor Strickland has also been rallying to get
    Ed Choice voucher funding cut, which is going to really devastate the
    charter and private schools if he has his way. Riffing isn't just
    bad for the people who lose their jobs, but for the new teachers who
    will now compete against them in the job market along with all of the
    other new grads.

    Still, here's what I did this year. I bookmarked every school district
    website in the Northern Kentucky/ Southeast Indiana/Cincinnati area.
    Check their employment pages DAILY. If a position pops up, DON'T wait
    to write a resume, cover letter and call to inquire into the position.
    It's officially crunch-time and you would not be unwise to even have
    your materials overnight-delivered by the post office if you don't
    personally deliver them to the board offices yourself. Talk to anyone
    and everyone who is a teacher, was a teacher or knows a teacher. Get
    in touch with any teacher you ever did any field hours with. Of course
    you don't want to sound desperate to total strangers but don't be
    afraid to talk about your eagerness to get into the classroom this
    year in front of others. You just never know who might know someone
    or know of some position opening up.

    I was fortunate enough to receive two job offers this year. One was at
    a private school in Cincinnati and another at a public school in
    another city. When I sat down and really considered my options, I
    decided that the private school position in Cincinnati was too
    uncertain for me to turn down for the public school one. Had the
    public school position not opened up, however, you better believe I
    would have taken the private school one. I guess the point, like
    others have said, is that if you want to be a teacher badly enough, you
    will work with any kids at any building in any district. If you feel
    that taking a position at one of the tougher charter schools in
    Cincinnati is not something you're up for, you might consider looking
    into instructional assistant (aide) positions and long-term subbing
    positions. Only you know what you're willing to accept but at the
    same time, it never hurts to apply to anything and everything just in