Just realized I can start posting down here too!

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Just realized I can start posting down here too!
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Fri, 07-27-2012 - 10:21am

I finally have kids that fit in both categories!  DD22 got her bachelors in 2011 and her teaching credential this year.  She is trying to decide if she will do her masters this fall, or defer it for a year.  It's only 2 quarters, since she already had a year towards it in her credential program.  Right now she is job hunting for a teaching job (jr. or senior high).  I'm sure she'd appreciate any good vibes you want to throw her way.  She was hired to teach 6 weeks of summer school, which ended yesterday.  That gave her  a little experience, got her name out into that district and a letter of rec. from the principal.  She has put out 42 applications so far, had 3 interviews (thanks but no thanks) and gotten 2 rejection w/out interview emails.  She has an interview today and had a great phone screening interview yesterday and was told to be expecting a formal interview invitation next Thurs. If anything else, this is teaching her to be flexible and humble! Originally she only wanted to teach High school in the Sacramento area.  Now she has said she'll teach junior or senior and has extended her search as far north as Lake Tahoe, south to Monterey, and east to Fresno.  Here's hoping a principal see's her potential and gives her a chance!

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Re: Just realized I can start posting down here too!
Sun, 07-29-2012 - 6:30pm

I don't know how it is in Ca, but here in Il, to be a sub, you don't need to have a teaching certification.  All you need is a Bachelors degree.  HOWEVER, subs need to undergo a backround check to make sure they are not convicted felons or molesters.  And backround checks can take 1 to 2 MONTHS to process, since they need to go to the state capital.  If your dd thinks she might have to sub, she should look into getting certified NOW, so she can be available on the first day of school.

Also, besides casting a wider net, she should think about applying at schools with primarily low income or disadvantaged students.  First, fewer people apply to those schools.  2nd, the federal government, and often the state also, will grant tuition forgivness to teachers who've taught in those schools for a certain number of years.  Teaching math, science, ESL, Special Ed, and Mandarine Chinese(in many districts)  usually qualifies the person for more money.  But my daughter got 5K forgiven for teaching Art for 5 years, in a school with a population over 50% low income.  And she initially got the job because there were few good applicants.

Finally, tell her to recheck the job sites, like k12jobspot.com, frequently , especially as school start gets closer.  Often jobs get posted at the last minute because on registration day, a school ends up with more students than they had anticipated.  That is also how my dd got her teaching job.  It was posted in the middle of August, and school was due to start on Labor Day.  And altho they hired her prior to the start of school, their budget had not formally been increased to cover the necessary increase in faculty, so she began teaching her own class as a SUB in that school and became regular faculty 4 weeks into the school year.

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Thanks for all the great tips! Her credential is in secondary English, so she can teach junior or senior high. Here in CA, jobs are posted on Edjoin, and I know she checks that several times a day. One of her student teaching jobs was in an ELL classroom, so she is highlighting that in her resume. I think to sub in most districts here you have to be fingerprinted for each district. Her mentor teacher did give her the advice to get that done in all the districts she might want to sub in (she's fingerprinted and ready to go in 2 districts so far.) It would be nice if all the districts would share fingerprinting results and background checks with one another! She has an interview on Tuesday and another one on Thursday. I keep telling her that just getting a teaching interview these days is a big accomplishment!
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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 11:27pm
Hi camom - welcome to my section of the board! I think it's great that your dd has 2 interviews - will keep fingers and toes crossed for her! I hope she finds something soon.

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful


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Well today she had a second interview with the director of secondary schools (phone interview) She was told she would hear something from HR within 24 hours. Less than an hour later HR called and said she had been recommended for the job. Last hurdle is a meeting with the HR director on Wed. She got called for 2 more interviews this week, so she has 4 more interviews this week. Keeping my fingers crossed that at the end of the week she has a job!
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Wed, 08-01-2012 - 12:58am
Woohoo!!! Not only does it sound like she is about to be hired, but it is very impressive that she has gotten so many interviews. You must be SO proud - and rightly so!

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful