Re: Out of Luck?

    On 1/16/09, JN wrote:
    > Hi everyone,
    > Just wondering, would you consider the outlook for math as terrible
    > also? I have been told that it shouldn't be too difficult for me to
    > land a job once I graduate. Am I out of luck... or at least out of
    > Portland?
    > Thanks
    > On 12/11/08, TT wrote:
    >> In truth, why is anybody even bothering to go into teaching?
    >> Almost ALL of the states are hurting economically, districts are
    >> hurting and cutting back. As harsh as it sounds, try to find
    >> something else to do unless or until the economy bounces back.
    >> On 12/06/08, TeachinTucson wrote:
    >>> What I was told by a recruiter in Beaverton is that there is a
    >>> glut of teachers in the entire Northwest. Unless you have
    >>> something (or someone) that really sets you apart from the pack,
    >>> or you are ready and willing to relocate, I would advise that
    >>> you choose a different profession. Many people substitute for
    >>> years and never get hired full-time.
    >>> On 11/23/08, Brenda Parazoo wrote:
    >>>> I am nearly in the same boat as you. I'm accepted and ready
    >>>> to begin my MAT in January. I know people in the Central
    >>>> Oregon area who have not been able to get jobs at all. In
    >>>> fact, I know of an Education Assistant who is a certified
    >>>> teacher from California but never was able to land a job as a
    >>>> teacher here. We have at least 2 Universities graduating
    >>>> teachers every year here. The jobs aren't unlimited. I'm
    >>>> scared to have a $20,000+ loan to pay back, and then not be
    >>>> able to find a job to pay the loan off. I guess I would like
    >>>> some teachers from all over Oregon to answer the
    >>>> question... "Is it a bad time to get a teaching degree?"
    >>>> On 11/18/08, ~ a wrote:
    >>>>> Hello there, I am an undergraduate student at PSU, about
    >>>>> one year away from applying/entering PSU's Graduate School
    >>>>> of Education to receive my state certification for teaching
    >>>>> elementary ed. The posts I am reading here, and the hearsay
    >>>>> I have collected are painting a grim picture in terms of my
    >>>>> hopes to eventually land a teaching position in the
    >>>>> Portland area! I could consider working across the river in
    >>>>> Washington, I suppose, but moving out-of-state is not
    >>>>> really an option for me.
    >>>>> I am wondering if anyone on this board has any input,
    >>>>> advice, or suggestions to this aspiring young teacher.
    >>>>> Thanks! ~ a
    If you could get on as even a SUBSTITUTE it would be better than nothing.
    I know many teachers in large cities have had to resort to Food Stamps and
    waiting (where?) for Section 8 housing vouchers.

    My only advice to an aspiring young MATH teacher is to make sure you have
    a husband with a "real" job to support you, now more than ever. I realise
    now that even all the years I was growing up and looking at my high school
    math teachers and wanting to be like them, I never thought of the fact
    that they are all MARRIED. I don't know any single women who make ends
    meet on a teachers' salary and that's even if they are full-time. I have
    to go back to New York and it's more to find a HUSBAND than to find a job
    teaching in the Bronx (that too, but later).

    Math teachers are supposedly "in demand" in all the large crowded dirty
    cities. Where there's no place to live while you apply and process all
    that paperwork unless you're independently wealthy, NOT in all that
    student-loan debt, and hopefully have that full-time working husband to
    support you in the meantime.

    Everyone "needs" Math teachers. But not if you're on the edge of "broke"
    until you start getting paid.