teacher-to-be needing advice

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Registered: 04-05-2003
teacher-to-be needing advice
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Sat, 04-05-2003 - 4:13pm
My Marine boyfriend has unofficially proposed and i'm "thinking about it". We've been together for a year and four months. I'm pretty convinced that he's the one, as far as love, compatibility and same values goes, but i'm a little concerned about my ability to have a meaningful career. However I'm graduating from college next year and I've been studying to be a high school english teacher. I was wondering if there are any military wives who are teachers now and would be willing to help me make a decision that I am comfortable with.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 7:53pm
Teaching is probably one of the best careers to have as a military wife. You can move often and basically pick up where you left off.

I met my husband when I was living in Germany... I moved to Germany for my job as a teacher with the DoD. First, I taught in Iceland for three years (teaching children of military personnel), then I got a transfer to Germany. After I met DH, we moved to Fort Benning, GA, Fort Bragg, NC, and now we're in TX. I've taught everywhere we've lived. (I'm not teaching now because I just had a baby. However, if I wanted a job I have no doubt I'd be hired in a hurry.)

If you end up living at Camp LeJeune in N.C., you'll definitely want to try to get a job on base. The schools there are run by the Dept. of Defense and pay more than the regular public schools off base.

Check out the Department of Defense Education Activity's website:

http://www.odedodea.edu

If you have any further questions regarding your future teaching career, please feel free to e-mail me at cl_melisca@yahoo.com

Good luck to you,

Melissa (army wife in TX)

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Registered: 03-29-2003
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 8:13pm
I'm not a teacher, "just" a Mom with kids at school. It is difficult to find good teachers who understand our highly mobile lifestyle. I think a "Military wife/teacher" would be a GREAT asset in any military community.
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Registered: 04-02-2003
Sun, 04-06-2003 - 12:11am
Melissa,

I just wanted to say that this is such a great reply! (I know, what a silly thing to post, but its the truth!!).

My gut reaction was to say, "If he's the one, go for it!" but that's not helpful at all is it?!

To the original poster (I can't remember your name, sorry!!), I admire your desire to make a sensible decision. It's nice to think that love is all we need, but other factors are always involved. It's better to know ahead of time what you'll be facing.

Sorry my advice isn't as great as Melissa's is!! :)

Take care,

Amy

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Sun, 04-06-2003 - 10:18am
I am not a teacher but I would think that a teaching career would be an easy career to find a job pretty much were ever you go. I know the pay veries but I would think even if you went overseas you could probably get a job working in the Department of Defense schools since I am sure the majority of the teachers are military spouses.

I live in Washington State near 2 military bases and I occassionally check the job listings for the schools. There seems to be job openings all the time. I was thinking of being a playground monitor because I basically only want to work while my children are in school. My ds has a slight learning disibility so I prefer to be at home when he gets home so that I have plenty of time to help him with his school work before I have to rush to prepare dinner. Anyway, I would say that a teacher would probably be a very flexible type of career to have because it seems like they are in demand no matter were you go.

~Vicky~