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In pursuit of first classroom teaching position - advice?

In pursuit of first classroom teaching position - advice?

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Any new teachers out there have any ideas or unique advice for a career changer looking for her first classroom position? I live just outside of NYC and I am open to teaching in most schools - I am a "go-getter" and my resume is strong, but I haven't had much luck. Thoughts?

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Mglemot's picture

I was in your shoes two years ago as a career changer and new teacher who had just moved to a new city.
My advice is to tell everyone that you're a teacher and that you want to work. Networking is a powerful tool and word-of-mouth is a great way by which to get leads for job openings.
Also, keep an open mind. The position that comes along may not be what you're expecting. If, after careful consideration, you feel you can take on the challenge - jump in!

Elena's picture
Eighth grade ELA teacher from New York, NY

I am in my second year and am also looking for a job (excessed). Did you apply to New Visions? They are accepting applications until the 24th of this month. I just had a phone interview with them yesterday.

I don't know how you feel about charter schools, but there are a few that are still hiring that don't start until September.

Lisa Dabbs's picture
Lisa Dabbs
Educational Consultant. Author. Speaker. Blogger.

Thanks for sharing your needs with us. Here is a Pinterest Board that I started to support job searching
There is also a new chat on Twitter that you can join called #edhire
Here is their wiki with new resources that are growing
If you aren't on Twitter you can still access and follow the chat on line via tweetchat by typing in #edhire to follow along.

I've tweeted out your question and hoping to get more responses to you soon!


TODD SENTELL's picture
Author of the hilarious schoolhouse memoir, "Can't Wait to Get There. Can't Wait to Leave"

So you want to become a teacher? I'll bet you're good at telling stories; you like to inform; you're probably real organized and real well read; and you're probably pretty decisive and confident in yourself. I'll bet there are a few topics you know a whole lot about. But how will you handle yourself when a kid is rude and disrespectful to you? Every day? Sometimes six or seven at a time ... at the same time? How about when a parent is rude and disrespectful to you when you've done nothing to deserve it?

So you still want to become a teacher? I'll bet you're the kind of person who would make up your own mind about becoming a teacher. Good. You'll make a great teacher.

And you're willing to spend your own money, too. You love to go The School Box, even online. You love the way the place looks and smells. It's like a toy store for teachers. You feel creative and engaging and dedicated the moment you walk in. The teacher's section at Dollar Tree ain't bad, either. I learned early that kids will kill for stickers. Not other kids. You. They will rush your desk like the Pamplona running of the bulls for a sticker that says they did a good job.

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