Being a teacher can be one of the most rewarding jobs out there, but it is also very challenging and frustrating at the same time.
Let me recap my journey thus far…
2008-2010 (Credential/Masters and student teaching grades 2nd/3rd)
2010- Daily Substitute (k-12)
2011-Long Term Substitute (1st)
2011-2012- Shared Temporary Contract (6th)
I have been progressing nicely, hoping that this year would open up to a Full Temporary Contract (they rarely give permanent contracts anymore, they don’t want to be tied into having to guarantee teachers jobs…it’s really just a budget thing)
So…I was hoping that with school starting next week, I would be getting a call and given an assignment or at least a chance to interview for a FT classroom role…
I received a call, but it wasn’t the one I was hoping to get…though I am grateful I got something…What I will be doing for the first month or so is going back a step to being a long term substitute for a Kindergarten/First grade classroom at a school I LOVE. It is one of my teaching friends that I am covering for, so that’s an added plus.
What I have learned is that the newer temp teachers rarely get called before school begins, but rather after all the students arrive and the enrollment is finalized. We have temp teachers who have been with the district for up to 9 years, so they are called first and then down the list…I am at the bottom of that list) So the district people are telling me that I could be called still, but it may take up to a month for them to place people…and if I don’t get called for a FT teaching job, then I should still hold onto hope that I can get a PT Intervention teaching job at one of the schools in the district. The good news…my BTSA coach (BTSA is super critical this year, need to complete it this year so my credential can get CLEARED!!!) said that I will definetely get BTSA completed and for me not to worry about that…Another added bonus is that I was invited to start a few days early and be a part of the new common core curriculum training and staff development day.
So what all that means is that Tuesday is my first official day back, I will start of as K/1 Teacher (FT long term sub) and will hope that a contract will be offerred to me after a month or so…all while being able to get my BTSA done…I think it is all working out well, not necessarily how I imagined it would, but I am hopeful it will be a great year and one that will put me in a good position by getting closer to that CLEARED credential!
On a side note, Charles will be starting 5th grade! I can’t believe he’s already that old, but we are excited to find out who his teacher is, who is classmates are and get started with the new year. We have been on vacation mode and will quickly switch back to our busy schedules and routines…
I will keep you posted on how things continue…to my teacher friends, have an excellent school year and best of luck with the common core and moving towards inquiry based learning…to my friends/family who have kiddos, may this school year be filled with lots of fun memories, warm and loving teachers, lots of growth academically and socially, and plenty of moments where they can feel proud of their accomplishments!
Love to all!