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I'm currently teaching in NY, and am seriously considering a
move to Memphis.

My two biggest worries:
1- salary: Judging by the salary schedule I found on their
website, I would be taking a huge salary cut, and my salary
wouldn't increase much over time. Do they make salary
adjustments based on graduate or in-service credits? In my
district, you can boost your salary by about 1,000 each year
by taking classes.

I realize the cost of living is lower, but it goes wrong for
me within 2-3 years.. It seems that my current salary
already tops their max.

2- The 'rowdy' kids. I work in one of the worst districts in
NY state now- as far as rowdy kids go, but since I've been
here five years, our school has improved, and my reputation
has started to precede me. My kids aren't too horrible now;
but horrible is in the eye of the beholder. For example, the
worst behavior at my school is fighting, theft, and ...See More
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On 12/27/07, Christine wrote:
> I'm currently teaching in NY, and am seriously considering a
> move to Memphis.
>
> My two biggest worries:
> 1- salary: Judging by the salary schedule I found on their
> website, I would be taking a huge salary cut, and my salary
> wouldn't increas...See More
Jan 15, 2008
me /blockquote>

I'm curious about why you'd want to move to Memphis? I hope
you don't mean TN. You'd be doing yourself a great injustice.
I drive school buses here (25 year old woman) and I've never
known students who have such low standards. The parent's here
are completely absent when you need them to back you up with ...See More
Jan 17, 2008
Donna music/TN /blockquote>

I taught in Memphis until my daughter was born, in one of
those "high crime areas" (elementary music).

And I have to tell you, while it's a hard job, it's also an
extremely rewarding one. For many of those kids, school is the
most stable thing in their lives, and while you have some who
have really ...See More
Mar 6, 2008
tony /blockquote>

In addition, Memphis has made real efforts at
> reducing class size in inner city schools, so it's rare to
have
> an elementary class over 20 children, and primary grades are
> often under 15-16.
>
> Do not expect parental support, but if you've got a good
handle
> on classro...See More
Apr 22, 2008


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