why ask why me?

Sunday, May 20, 2007

job hunting 3

well, in addition to the multitude of comments on here, you should see the explosion of "advice" in my e-mail in-box...

some of you "lurkers" who are too pathetic to come out into the open that you had to send me anonymous e-mail "advice" seem to

1) not get that my blog is a place that i VENT and voice my inner voice that i don't voice to my family and friends




here are some details i have learned, both from when i originally interviewed & from others i know in the field of special education job hunting...

special ed hiring isn't the same as regular ed hiring..

most districts leave SPED placements to the SPED department to do interviews, hiring, and placements...

the number one reason they do this is because special education laws are so complex and changing that most principals don't WANT to know what they are. They almost never know the correct questions to ask a sped hire, let alone do they know what answer to to look for...the pedagogy is SO DIFFERENT that they CANNOT ask the same questions so - they don't know where to start, so they leave it to the "experts"

so typically - especially in urban districts - principals work/deal with the sped teachers who are hired by the SPED supervisors & placed in their schools, do their annual or semi-annual observations, and sign sped paperwork as needed - and of course they are there to deal with discipline issues

smaller schools and rural schools... that is a different story... in smaller districts, the principals are more involved w/ the sped paperwork process and have a little more of a clue about what is going on in those classrooms..

but since i am getting plenty of private e-mails with loads of advice of how to live my life and make decisions on how to job hunt:

before i even sent the application in, i had already done the following:

1) checked out all 3 papers online in the area of the school district and key word researched the district to see how all 3 of them presented them in the news... and yes, there were both positive & negative issues presented... but you have that in every district..

2) i checked out the district website - in depth... i checked out their salary scale - once they have conformation that i have 2 years experience i would get 3rd year experience w/ masters level pay - just as if i stay here.... & their benefits package is comparable (my district doesn't care how long you have taught - if it is your 1st year in the district, you get 1st year pay unless you buy in)... it IS a slightly lower pay scale than what i get now - however, i would NOT have to pay outrageous heating bills all winter long (does anyone remember that 10 foot blizzard?)- hell, it hit freezing LAST NIGHT

3) I checked out how the district is doing in regards to NCLB/AYP, on their site, through the news paper, AND through the state's ed page - it has made great strides and is moving in a positive direction -- it is investing TONS of $$ into teacher training... AND (esp to ME) they are providing an incentive program to all teachers working towards NTE certification as part of their NCLB/AYP initiative

4) The district has a hell of a lot more community involvement than the community i am in now...

5) I have been applying to schools since February.... granted i didn't mention anything... but this is the first bite - the last time I job hunted, I didn't get asked for a full time position until 2 DAYS before school started - and i am STILL STUCK HERE...

6) The area has a VERY LARGE Jewish poplulation as opposed to where i am (ie - basically just me), a very large & active alumnae group from my undergraduate university and i have send them an e-mail requesting feed back from members, my sorority & another intertational social action organization i am involved in through my home town and i have also requested info from them TOO - so right there are FIVE ways for me to become socially integrated into the community - as opposed to the area i am currently in; an area that is fine w/ interacial relationships but NOT interreligious

7) it is also a fairly decent sized metropolitan area - hell it has a real airport in it (ok, so where i now has a rinky-dink one too)

8) I always have said, the only thing i would give my mountains & skiing up for was the ocean - this could be it...

8) and i could be offered the job, but say no thank you

i NEED a change... it doesn't mean i am not going to KEEP on applying to other places... hell, they could say thank you for coming but we don't think you will be a good fit...


  • Florida has an ocean.

    By Blogger -J, at Monday, May 21, 2007  

  • Sounds like you're under a lot of pressure hon. Hope you find a cool job and a great new place to be.


    By Blogger Claire, at Monday, May 21, 2007  

  • Ugh, don't let idiots get you down! Of course you did your research! It's your life and your job your thinking about changing!

    Overall I think the best thing you can do about the whole thing is approach it as an adventure. Sure, it may bring big changes, but it also may bring big opportunities!

    By Blogger Bre, at Monday, May 21, 2007  

  • gotta love unsolicited advice...lol

    By Blogger Webmiztris, at Monday, May 21, 2007  

  • Sorry for the advice in my comment yesterday. I didn't mean to step on any toes.

    I'm sure everything will work out for you!

    By Blogger Me, at Monday, May 21, 2007  

  • me - i wasn't talking about you - i was talking TO the people who A) are willing to run their mouths but won't post publicly and B) who have never taken the time to get to know me - who randomly decided to jump in and attack me - i got everything from "you should never leave a job that pays you well for the unknown" to "how could you buy a ticket online" crap

    By Blogger question girl, at Monday, May 21, 2007  

  • Best of luck with everything. Sounds like some exciting times ahead.


    By Blogger Scott, at Tuesday, May 22, 2007  

  • All of this brings back awful memories. But I just landed an awesome new job, and you will too!

    By Blogger Dr. Sparky, at Wednesday, May 23, 2007  

  • Though I'm not trained in special ed., I'm applying for various teaching jobs and am sort of overwhelmed by everything that has to get done. The photocopying alone is an entire forest of trees! Good luck with the search!

    By Blogger brandy, at Thursday, May 24, 2007  

  • brandy - OMG - SO TRUE!!!... and then you realise that you have ONE TINY typo, or a district wants something "extra"!!!

    everytime i copy something, i make 100 copies of everything...

    fortunatly, office max has discount pricing w/ my old university and they don't actually CHECK - so i have been telling them i am still a student... i have saved @ 1/2 my costs there....

    and then, when i send the packets - unless a district is VERY SPECIFIC, I SEND EVERYTHING


    By Blogger question girl, at Thursday, May 24, 2007  

  • brandy - ps - teachers-teachers.com has helped me tremendously too.... the inital set up is overwhelming because basicly you have to do your entire resume online.. but districts have been basicaly been doing the equivilant of ripping open of my packets, and then they invite you to private recrutemet fairs and interveiw sessions....

    By Blogger question girl, at Thursday, May 24, 2007  

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