8 years in this business: education

Last time, I broke the good news of getting a FULL TIME TEACHING POSITION as a middle school social studies/special education teacher.

Of course, now is when I get bombarded with calls for interviews right?

I received a call from another district to work at their middle school. I promptly said no thanks.

On top of that, I was asked if I still wanted to interview for my current position. I’m a long-term sub for a woman who retired. The application period doesn’t end until today at 4PM so they can’t interview till maybe Monday for the 1st round.

After much deliberation, I’ve decided to just part ways after 3+ years and start a new chapter in my journey.

Why it’s a winner:

  • It’s closer to home. Not a big deal, but everyone seems to think so.
  • I get to use BOTH credentials and therefore, keep them!
  • I only teach social studies! All the other interviews I’ve had were for English – I make it work, but I’m just not as good.
  • It’s a technology magnet school. I’m not clear on that yet, but that sounds good! I love technology!
  • I get a salary and one of the best salaries in the county at that! As a sub, I came in when teachers came in and left after they did yet I only got paid for the hours of teaching. That amounts to 1/3 of a starting teacher’s pay.
  • They want me there. I love the staff at my old school, but I would like to feel appreciated by the higher-ups.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane and recap the EIGHT years I’ve worked in education and watched my peers get jobs long ago. It’s pretty ridiculous because I’ve been recognized/won awards for being an awesome educator.

  • 3 years (from 19-21) as the lead tutor in AVID, a college-readiness program, at an urban-ish high school

I tutored them daily.


I went to their awards ceremonies and graduations.


And I even got to chaperone them on a college trip.



  • 1/2 year student teaching Social Studies (US History, World History Honors, & psych) where my window looked out to mountains and my students worked at places like “Moose Cafe.”





  • 1/2 year as a sub
  • 1 year as an assistant teacher at a preschool. It sucked.

They sure were cute though!




  • 2 years as an aide in Special Education


  • 1/2 year as a long-term sub in Social Studies (all levels) in Special Ed.


  • 1/2 year student teaching Special Education (senior English and basic Algebra)
  • 3 weeks subbing Special Ed World History, English 3, and English 2

I’ve loved every moment, except that year at the preschool, and have grown so much as a teacher with every opportunity.

Next week, I get my own classroom 2 weeks into their school year.

  • I picked up my hiring packet on Wednesday and was fingerprinted.
  • I got my TB test today and get it read on Saturday. Had I known earlier, I would’ve gotten it done and had the weekend to get ready.
  • The person who does contracts isn’t in on Monday so I’ll wait until Tuesday to sign.
  • …and I start Wednesday of next week, the day before Back to School night!

I’ll have to get in their quick and do amazing work in case I don’t love it, which would be unlikely, and want to try elsewhere next year.


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