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I've decided to reinstate my expired FL K-6 license and it will take a year to take missing classes,retest etc. I was certified the alternative route 10yrs ago (BS in business) and have 2 years of long term subbing and 5 years of FT VPK private setting. What would be my best bet in getting my foot in the door? Subbing or full time Para position. I do not have any contacts but am willing to work at less desirable schools. At this time I would not be interested in ESE Para. This is Duval county, NE Florida. Any advice would be appreciated.


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If you sub, youíll have more flexibility to take interviews for teaching positions in the future. We arenít in teaching for the money, but I made significantly more as a per diem sub and enjoyed the flexibility. If you sub in multiple districts, youíll have even more connections. With a para position youíre usually in one school.
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If you donít need the insurance, dubbing is the way to go. Not only will you be able to go to different buildings, your classroom management will be stellar when you get your classroom.
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Definitely subbing! You can go for long term positions too, which would help you
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I always wonder how people who sub as a way to get their foot in the door are getting updated references/letters of rec? I've never been in that situation, so maybe someone else can answer. Just something I've always thought about. Around here you need three letters to apply anywhere.

I will say we've hired from the sub pool before. People who have strong classroom management stand out and it will be noticed by others in the building. In both cases that I can think of, when there was an opening other teachers in the building encouraged the P to interview the sub because of strong management.


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I agree with subbing.
  • It's flexible.
  • You'll get a better idea of which school/grade you really want to work in.
  • People expect to see subs "move up" to their own rooms, but once people get to know you as a para, they may continue to see you that way.
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They both have there advantages/disadvantages
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I taught for 4 years (the last 2 in a very bad district-in the news almost every week for something) and left due to stress at the end of the year. I took 2 years off and returned to subbing for a total of 13 days before I was hired as a paraeducator. I was planning on using the job as getting my foot in the door but it took almost 4 years to land another teaching job although I had perfect evals. I have been subbing for the last 3 years and it is good experience but I don't feel any closer to getting another teaching job.
Pros for para-know what you will be doing everyday, build relationships with your students, steady income, insurance
Pros for subbing--can work at different schools, flexibility, can take days off as needed, and work in different environments.
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