Sunday, May 22, 2005

That's okay, I didn't really want to teach anyway.

http://www.detnews.com/2005/schools/0505/22/A01-189220.htm

Looks like SOMEONE may have to move out of state for a couple of years. Then again, I've been hearing that former graduates of my program have a slight advantage over "traditional" graduates, since we already have a few years of life and work experience under our belts. We can bring things to the table (in my case, my brief career in PR/advertising/marketing) that those who are right of college can't. Plus, I've already gained a couple of extra years working full-time with kids (parapro, nanny, etc), as opposed to the typical college "senior."

I just hope that, by the this time next year, the teaching job market in Michigan is looking a little better....

27 comments:

Jamie Dawn said...

I hope whatever teaching position you want will be available to you when the time comes.
In the mean time, if you'll be fleeing, CA is a nice state to live in. My bro is a teacher in S. Calif. and he loves it. Good luck to you!

Renee said...

Yeah Jen, that's why Kevin had to move to FL; he just couldn't find anything here (MI, not IN), and there was an abundance of openings down there.

Hopefully, like you said, it will look better next year, and your life experience should help!

Jen said...

Hey Fred (since I hope you'll read this at some point), I have a question for you. My dad wants to know if he could teach in Florida right now, given its current need for teachers. His Bachelors was Biology he has a Masters in Management Science (but, of course, no teaching related education at this point). He wants to move to FL to be closer to HIS parents. Hell, with his Masters, couldnt he even teach at the college level (community college is nothing else)? Tell me again, how much longer would he have to take education classes and become certified?

Anna said...

Wow, bummer of an article if you want to stay in MI. It's a GREAT article if you want to see more of the world before you settle down.
With your experience and presentation, I'm sure you'll be fine, Jen. Another good thing- you're also close to Ohio if you wanted to look there.

LocuTus of Borg said...

bummer ... but there are lots of teaching positions in FL, CA, TX, NC, MA, DC - it is hard when the population growth is not there in those states. and then don't even get me started on the funding that school are looking for and the constant battle with the government that creates!

Rob said...

LoB - you can't mention MA, she'll get all crazy.

Fred said...

Jen - there are tons of openings here in Florida. The pay sucks, but that's not why we're here, right?

Community colleges usually require an MA/MS plus at least 18 hours in the subject area.

For high school, your dad would have to move to a county that has an alternative certification program (ACP). In the Tampa Bay area, both Pinellas (St. Pete) and Hillsborough (Tampa) have such a program. Here's the link for Tampa: http://apps.sdhc.k12.fl.us/public/dept/staffdev/acp/index.htm

Before you can be hired in Tampa, you must have a BA/BS plus a number of hours in the field. I would suspect your father qualifies because of the Masters.

He then has to get lucky enough to get hired. Once that happens - he can enter the ACP program and has three years to complete all the requirements. That's how I got in. Cost to the participant is $500.

Here's the link to the actual positions open: http://apps.sdhc.k12.fl.us/hrdiv/Instructional_Positions/index.asp

Hope that helps!

Fred said...

Jen - I'm not too sure the ACP link was right. Try this:

http://apps.sdhc.k12.fl.us/public/dept/staffdev/acp/

Jen said...

Thanks Fred!

Jen said...

Oh my god, there's thousands of positions on that site!!!

And I know that the out of state schools are hiring right on the spot at these job fairs.

Jen said...

But there's no way I can move out of state by myself. I'd have to wrangle MIssy and Nikki to go with me or something.

Nik said...

Jen,
Move to Arizona or New Mexico and I'm so with ya! I've been looking into houses in those 2 states lately. Not likely that I'll ever move there though.

LocuTus of Borg said...

Well, if you decide to move to southern Florida, there a couple people you know down here :)

Jen said...

Nik, would you really move to AZ? That was actually another state I've considered.

And if you'd move to THOSE hot ass places, why not FL?

Nik said...

Jen, I'd only live in NM or AZ, nowhere else. Why, you ask? Here's why:
FL-- hurricanes
Cali-- earthquakes
Anywhere in the northeast--snow/cold

NM or AZ, what do you have to deal with there? Sandstorms and a lotta heat? Doesn't sound too bad to me. I know they have snow in some places there, but not where I would live!

Nik said...

After further review, I have found the perfect city in Arizona for me and you, Jen. Bullhead City, AZ!! It's perfect and incredibly pretty. It's in the NW corner right near both the Cali and NV (Vegas baby) border. Now I just have to find a house that's affordable but not crappy looking. lol

Renee said...

Oh I'm SO JEALOUS! I want to live in NM or AZ! I've always wanted an adobe house out there.

But I bitch when it gets 80º here, so I think I wouldn't be much fun to live with if it's in the 100's all the time.

And don't give me that bullshit about it being a dry heat, either. That's what everyone said about Vegas... it was 110 when we were there, and I don't give a shit WHAT anyone says, it was unbearable! Especially when coming out of the 60º casinos :-)

Jen said...

Dude, I would really do it, so dont toy with my emotions like that if you arent serious.

Jen said...

HOLY CRAP this is weird. After reading this thread, I looked up some neck coolers/cooling scarves on eBay (an AMAZING price, FYI, for those of you with soldiers...it's item #7159314224).

It took me a while to notice this seller's location...BULLHEAD CITY, AZ.

RIGHT AFTER READING NIKKI'S COMMENT ABOUT IT.

Weird.

Jen said...

Half the population in BC is 45 or older.

Could we find somewhere that I at least have a chance in HELL of meeting someone?

Renee said...

LOLOLOL! Oh hell, there's probably young people in a nearby town. And plus, you don't want them TOO young anyway. Older guys are much better. I'd do a 45-yr-old. Not that it makes it right, but I would :-)

Jen said...

Well hell, you're married to one, aren't you?

Nik said...

Jen--
BC is right near the Cali/Nevada, so there'll be tons of pretty maids lined up within a short drive from there!

Nik said...

Ooops, I forgot the word border in my post! And Jen, I'm semi-serious about moving out there eventually. After looking at what they have in my price range, not so sure about it anymore. Even a lot of the $150,000 houses are crappy looking. Not only that, but not too sure about the job market. So, who knows, I may do it, I may not.

Also, Renee, I'm with ya on the 45 year old thing. There are a few older musicians that I would so do!

Renee said...

LOL Jen! John's 35, not 45!

Cheers, Nikki!

Rob said...

Tramps.. all of ya. Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex... in every post.

Renee said...

And that's exactly why you keep coming back!