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cassie23 06-19-2019 03:50 PM

Can an older teacher get hired? Should she want to?
I graduated from college with an elementary education degree 32 years ago. Since that time, I have taught four years (3 right after college and 1 twenty years later, after raising my 7 children). It's been 7 years since being downsized (at a private school) and since then I have worked a series of part-time jobs, only the last year as a substitute teacher.

I may be able to get a job (I tend to interview well) but am nervous about working full-time again. Most of the teachers I know seem completely overwhelmed. I think fondly of my teaching days but worry that the expectations on teachers are so much greater now that it would consume my whole life. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Thank you.

Hpylife 06-21-2019 09:19 PM

Sounds familiar! I graduated college about 25 yrs ago... I taught for two years before raising a family and then taught in private preschool for many years , then did other jobs. Recently returned to teach about 3 yrs ago.

The changes from back when I first taught till now are dramatic. Technology for oneó not my strong point..but in my opinion the work is overwhelming, and can be all consuming. I have been trying and struggling since coming back to balance this out but have not figured it out yet. Iím giving myself one more year and if I canít rein it in I will be finding a different job. I do feel that expectations are greater than what they used to be, more teaching to the test and more observations from administrators with almost unreachable standards.
Whatever you decide, all the best to you!

SusanTeach 06-22-2019 05:20 AM

older teacher
Is there a reason you don't want to work at a private school again? I know the pressures there are way less than a public school. I know the pay isn't the same, nor the benefits, but it may be worth your sanity. :o

You're right that many teachers are overwhelmed nowadays. It really depends on the school as to whether there's more/less pressure. If you have a good team, it tends to help take some of the workload off since you share lessons, ideas, etc... If the school supplies a mentor, that also helps since you won't be familiar with the specifics to that school or public schools lately. Those are things to consider when you're interviewing.

You do have the benefit of having teaching experience, so that will take some of the "unknowns" away. I think that's partly what stresses out fresh, young teachers. They come from college with limited experiences.

There's no way to know unless you try it. If you get into it and it's just not for you, maybe you can go back to a private school the following year (although I wouldn't mention that at an interview. ;)).

geoteacher8 06-22-2019 08:57 AM

I returned
to teaching after an 11-year hiatus. I will admit that it was a bit like starting over again, but it didn't take long to get back in the groove. If you were an effective teacher in the past, you can definitely be one again. I say go for it! I certainly don't regret returning to the classroom - although things have changed in education since I begin back in the 80s!

cassie23 07-02-2019 05:14 AM

Thank you!
I appreciate the advice. It's nice to know that others have faced the same things I am facing. I especially appreciate the encouragement. If an opportunity presents itself, I will go for it!
Take care!

cassie23 08-21-2019 07:16 PM

Teaching 2nd fulltime!
I thought I might send an update to my earlier post. In my area, there have been many openings at the nearby public schools. This area is experiencing a shortage of teachers. I ended up getting hired at the nearby private Catholic school to teach second grade. I am happy about it, however it is definitely as much work as I expected. It has been constant work... setting up the room, getting the lay of the reading program, etc. I hope that once the year gets underway and I have all my pieces in place, I can relax a little. I am happy to be back in the classroom but I am trying not to get wrapped around the axle about all the details. Thank you all for your encouragement. I appreciate it.

broomrider 08-27-2019 04:16 PM

on your new teaching job.:)

I hope some of you children are near enough to lend a hand preparing materials and setting things up. It's always nice to have extra hands to get established.

Speaking of which, scout around the school and see if there is someone compatible who might serve as an informal (or formal if that is available) mentor during your first year back. It's good to have someone who knows the culture of the school, who can give a heads up about various traditions and celebrations and their dates, who knows what is most important and has less priority to accomplish.

Enjoy your adventure.<!--teachersbell-->

Feel free to post on the grade level board, busy board, or even vent for support from experienced teachers. We buoy each other up.

vpk22ndteach 09-17-2019 10:07 AM

I am thinking of returning to the teaching world too. I graduated from business school over 20 years ago, worked a few years and then became a stay a home mom of 2. 13 years ago we moved to the other side of the state. I worked at a local preschool VPK that first year and loved it. Went to get me certification thru the EPI program and was a high demand sub at my kids elementary and did a 4 month long term kinder sub position (at reg sub pay) but thought I would get the permanent position bc the teacher wasn't coming back the next year. Needless to say they announced the new teacher an hour before I interview for it but didn't realize at the time. I felt like a fool and was devastated. I accepted a pt VPK at a local private preK for low money but the hours were perfect for my school age children. I worked 5 years and left when my parents became ailing and my mom had terminal cancer. I've been working pt with my dh construction business for the past 5 years and am now I am almost an empty nester and my last is a senior in hs. I want to get back into teaching but will my history make me undesirable? I plan to sub this year while I get my certification back in order.

Marcimcg 12-15-2019 07:56 AM

Can older teacher get hired
I got hired at 52.

Previous work was in public health nursing, stay at home mom of four for 17 years, then 5 years as church preschool director. During that time I got masters in education, did student teaching.

I was hired at first step with lowest salary but that was much more than I made as preschool director and I also got full health benefits for my family.

Went from being oldest in all my grad classes to oldest staff member!

Continued to work as nurse in summers for a few years.

Taught first grade for 25 years, retired in June at 77 with pension and state health benefits. Wished I could have stayed longer but needed to focus on health issues.

Hope this helps.

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