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Old 07-15-2012, 09:05 PM
 
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I have been offered two jobs..One will be at a private school where I will be the only kinder teacher and pretty much buy all the material and resources I need. The perks of this job is that the you have all the flexibilty you need, there is no paperwork to turn other than lesson plans and it is a catholic school. The one downfall is the pay, my salary at the private school will be less than $18,000 a year. Ill bring home anywhere from $1,200-$1,400 a month. The other job is at a public school where all the teaching materials will be provided and my salary will be doubled that from the private school. I am so confused on where to choose because I really love the private school because I went there as a child and it was always a dream to go back and teach there. My family is divided on this decision so I am turning to my colleagues on PT. Any input or thoughts would really help me...thanks


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Can you afford to teach at the private school? If it will cause you financial hardship to teach there, then I would go to the public school. If you can survive on that salary and it's dear to your heart, then I would go there.
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I agree that if you can afford to live comfortably on the salary at the private school, then choose that school because it is where you dream to teach. If you cannot afford it, then you may need to go with the public choice.

Congrats on having the opportunity to choose!
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:21 PM
 
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That's a really personal decision, and it's hard to advise you on that given that I don't really know you or the details about your life. Based on what you said in your post, it sounds like your $1200-$1400 per month salary will be before you purchase supplies for your class. Can you afford that? I think it will really come down to being a financial decision for you. While I admire your dream to work in the school where you attended, you need to figure out if you can afford it...and when you consider the affordability of working there, you need to figure in the cost of purchasing teaching materials as well as consider retirement and healthcare benefits. In my state, retirement contributions (and therefore payments) are a given for public school teachers, but private teachers aren't included. Healthcare is available for public but not necessarily private. Just something to weigh in as you decide.

Good luck! How fortunate you are to have two jobs at your door!
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A couple of things to think about...
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1) Where do you feel like you would be most happy? If pay were equal, what would you choose?

2) Can your family afford for you to work at the lower salary? From what I've heard from family members who work in Catholic schools, the benefits are pretty comparable. Definitely find out the particulars before you sign anything.

3) Think about the long term. Switching between a public and private school can make retirement a little more complex.

Best of luck making your decision! I hope you have a fantastic year, whatever you choose!


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You might figure out the hourly wage made in the private school. It looks to me like you would be making not much over minimum wage in the state I live in. Is it really possible to work and purchase all the supplies on that? Do you already have medical coverage? If not will you be able to afford it? Does the job have regular advances in pay? If it doesn't, are you comfortable making around 10 or so dollars an hour for years working a challenging job? Does your husband have a very secure job? Does he make the money to back the lack of money from you? Are you planning on sending any children to college? Are you saving for retirement? Do you have student loans to pay?

The cost of an entire set of curriculum and supplies is quite expensive if you really have to provide the text books, workbooks, manipulatives, games, furniture...

In my circumstances there would be no choice.
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First of all, do not be so naive to think there is no paperwork. Maybe less paperwork, but not NO paperwork.

Secondly, I would be wary of any school that expects a teacher who is making near minimum wage to also buy materials for students out of that salary. I would like to think that you are valued enough not only to be paid a living wage, which this salary is not, and that you would be provided with resources that enable you to do your job. If the school cannot supply the resources, maybe they do not need to be in the business of educating children.

Sounds like the positives you are looking at for the private school are mostly emotional/sentimental ones. If the public school job is really that bad, AND you can afford to live on $18,000 a year, you can probably afford to hold out for something better and pass on both of them.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:58 PM
 
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I've been where you are. I chose the private school and boy do I regret it. I made no money and didn't get the benefits that my teacher friends were getting. I still teach at a private school, but with a much better package, much better money and everything I need. It is still a private school, but it is big enough to offer me everything. If you're interested in teaching private, you need to look for the bigger schools that can offer more. Also, I would take a public teaching job to gain experience. You are working toward something else. It's not the end of the road for you. Maybe someday you can return to your old school, but really they're not giving you what you deserve. Sorry.
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I think everyone is making good points. In my experience, nothing is ever the same once you leave and then go back. Plus, once the nostalgia wears off, you might change how you feel about the school completely.
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You mentioned in your post that you would be making twice as much money at the public school.

I think you may also want to consider that health, vision, dental, and disability insurance along with retirement benefits should also be considered "salary." These are perks that people often do not consider when making the decision you are facing. These benefits don't look like salary, but they sure add up. Will you be getting these benefits in the private school?

With the added benefits in the public school, your salary and benefits might amount to three times as much as you will be making in the private school.

If I were you, I would make a list of the positives and negatives of each job. Then look at your family circumstances...think into the future.

Does your family plan to save money for a home, vacation, retirement, or college education for present or future children?

If you are single, will you be able to afford rent, utilities, clothes, and food on the private school salary?

Would you like to return to school to improve your education, and if you want to, would you move on the pay scale because you bettered your education? (I am not sure this would happen in the private school.)

You have much to consider...and as a previous post mentioned, you need to keep sentimentality and emotions out of your decision.


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Old 07-16-2012, 07:02 AM
 
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pretty much buy all the material and resources I need.
I'm at a private school and don't have to do this. If you're able to financially take the job, wonder what would happen if you said that was a drawback? The school needs to reconsider and if they do, you'd be a hero!
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In my opinion, the public school job is the way to go. I do not understand how these Catholic Schools think that people can live on such low salaries. It is sickening. If you don't need the money and are doing it for enjoyment, it is still a waste of money if you have to buy all of your own supplies. JMHO. Why not make more if you can?
You need to think about what is best for your family.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:00 AM
 
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compare the retirement and benefits program and that will answer your question for you.
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I have done both the private Catholic school and public school. While you may not have to fill out the amount of paper work you do for public there are other stressors in a private school. It really just about evens out, so I would base it on your financial needs as a family.
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Decisions, Decisions...
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Really it comes down to your monetary need. I work at a public school, and I often wonder how to pay for it all at the end of the month! Also-- don't be naive and think it will be all provided to you at the public school, because it won't. If you have the means to live off of 1200-1400 per month, then go for it. But to me, like other PTs have said, the retirement and benefits most likely speak for themselves; if I had to choose, public all the way.
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I would pick the public school, hands down.

I made around $17,000 working two jobs when I was in college. It was not a lot of money...I now make around what you would make in the public school, and I sometimes have a difficult time paying the bills. I understand that it shouldn't be all about the money, but less than $18,000 would be incredibly difficult for me to live off of. And I am a very thrifty person.
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