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Hello Folks,

I am an engineer considering a career change. I signed up for the Virginia "Career Changer Program" which allows one to switch from a professional to a teaching career in a short time. My interest is in teaching math and science. I passed the Praxis II secondary math (0061), Praxis II secondary physics (0265) tests and plan on taking the secondary chemistry test (0245) (I am not a glutton for punishment, I just want to get a job and I would be moving to VA with my family from out of state). I am interested in teaching in Northern VA, Loudoun or Fairfax Counties. I know budgets are tight. What do you think my odds of getting a teaching position are? Is there any bias for or against "Career Changers"? Thx.
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JudyP In my experience with Loudon County, I've never been granted an interview. Keep in mind, too, that there are still many school divisions that are facing further budgetary cuts which may include teaching positions. However, school divisions typically need math and science teachers. Good luck!!
Sep 30, 2009
Fred I did, and I regret it every waking second I am in the classroom. Go visit some of those schools, see how students behave and the effort they put into learning. It should make you think twice about becoming a "teacher"
Oct 3, 2009
Mom to Three Given these tough economic times, I do think that school divisions may well be applying closer scrutiny to a career changer so be sure you know yourself well before trying to sell yourself. While you may have a full-time job and not be able to sub, could you try your hand at tutoring one or two students in subjects you think you are skilled in to t...See More
Oct 18, 2009
Career Changer On 10/18/09, Mom to Three wrote: > Given these tough economic times, I do think that school > divisions may well be applying closer scrutiny to a career > changer so be sure you know yourself well before trying to sell > yourself. While you may have a full-time job and not be able > to sub, could you try your hand at tutoring one or ...See More
Oct 18, 2009
Career Changer Hello Mom to Three.....

Thank you for all the advice.

There ares so many laid off teachers willing to substitute in our area in Northern California that it is difficult to get substitute without experience. However, there are tutoring opportunities. I will pursue them.

In Virginia there is a "Career Switcher" program, an ...See More
Oct 18, 2009


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