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Mustang1718152 karma

I'm a guy that has been trying to get a full-time teaching job for the last five years. My specialization is in Social Studies, meaning there is a ton of competition for very few openings. I've made a name for myself in the two districts I sub in to where it feels like I have become a minor celebrity with students and staff of the four buildings I frequent, but there just haven't been openings.

I've found that nearly all advice for finding jobs is very different for when it applies to someone choosing to become a teacher. What advice would you give for someone like me? I'm willing to swap careers, as well, but I genuinely have no idea where to start.

Mustang171880 karma

This is my exact outlook, and I have been teaching for five years now. I have my full teaching license, but have been working as a sub due to Social Studies being incredibly competitive. Between my reputation with students and staff, I have a room full of people celebrate when they see me walk in. It's really weird, but also makes it really fun.

And I bring that part up because before I earned this reputation, I would have other teachers come in and say things like "They are taking advantage of you." I worked doing customer service and sales in an oil change place during college with co-workers who were the type to absolutely hate school. I've learned the best way to do pretty much anything is to handle it one-on-one and not yell. Give your students respect and it goes a very long way. It's how I get the "bad" kids to be my biggest supporters and then they get stuff done.

Mustang171845 karma

Not exactly near Cleveland itself, but there is one in a park near Hudson's high school. I once got called a "poser" by two middle-aged men in bandanas playing because I was catching Pokemon and didn't realize I was in their way. Good times.

Mustang171815 karma

I'm in Northeast Ohio. We are known very well for the teaching programs we have. We also have a vast number of colleges because of funding in the 1970s that makes it so that nowhere is more than half an hour away from a major university. This is great, but also makes it so the people that stay here have to fight tooth an nail for positions.

I have a Google Doc list that I share with my SO (she's also looking for a full-time teaching job, but teaches English instead) of just under 100 public schools within about an hour's drive that we check daily from April through August. I think we had maybe 6 openings that we were qualified for between the two of us. My greatest chance I had was when a 7th grade Social Studies teacher retired in the building that I student-taught and long-term subbed in multiple times this year, but a 6th grade teacher bumped up and I am only licensed for grades 7-12.

As for feedback, I get told that I am a qualified candidate, but there are just a ton of people applying. They usually mention that they are only interviewing 10 people out of 100+ applications for part-time openings, and 20 interviews for 200+ applicants for full-time.

I would move if possible, and I am not against it. I just ironically don't really have money to afford to do it. Teaching is also different than many careers in this area in that I would have to see if my teaching license transfers to another state. If it requires more college classes, I'm SOL because I pretty much just have cash each month to keep myself alive and that's about it. I keep my head above water by doing things like painting rooms and decks for my mother and car maintenance for my father. Quite embarrassing for someone about to turn 30.

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