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Old 04-12-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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So the school district I've been subbing at for the past three years is going to be cutting 27 positions, including pre-k and kindergarten and all specials. It would have been 28 but the governor wouldn't approve the cutting of foreign language. This is a third of the district's staff and I have no idea how the school is going to function come next year. And surprise...there wasn't one cut to administration. But they somehow found $5,000 for a sandpit up at the football field.

Anyway, I've already realized that I probably won't be back there next year because at least some of those laid off teachers are going to want to sub and will take all the work. This is my seventh year of subbing and something always prevents me from getting a full time position. At the school I used to sub at, it was nepotism. Now here it's budget cuts. I suppose I'll have to apply to all the districts around the county and see what happens. My friend wants me to come work with her as a mobile therapist...I'd make $30 an hour but I'd so much rather be in a classroom teaching. But $30 an hour is tempting compared to the the $10 an hour I get subbing. Plus my aunt is the secretary at this place my friend works so I already have a connection. What would you do if you were in my position? I'm extremely scared about how I'm going to pay my bills in the fall, especially because I don't think subs can collect unemployment at all in the state of PA.


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I know you enjoy subbing. However, a mobile therapist - heck I don't even know what that is but it sounds FUN! And the money is better as long as there will be work for you. AND you can always go back to subbing if things improve.

Stay positive and go with the money!
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So sorry to hear about the cuts...in the end it is about money, isn't it? Before you give up teaching (as a sub or reg teacher), fill out all the teaching applications you find. Everything and anything in every county in PA, then see what happens! One never knows.. and if you did all you could, and no full time position is available to you, and you can't bear to sub anymore, then think about the mobile therapist position. (What is a mobile therapist?) Good luck...
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I can understand feeling torn about this, but it doesn't sound as if these two positions are mutually exclusive.

If you want to try out the mobile therapist job, go for it. You could try it for the summer, and if that doesn't work out, then you will know instead of always wonder.

On the other hand, I would still put out the teaching applications since that is what you would really like to do. Maybe this coming year jobs will be tight, but there's always next year.

BTW, please tell us -- what is a mobile therapist?
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A mobile therapist is another name for a behavioral specialist. It's kinda like a TSS worker but at a master's level. My friend said she gets about 25 hours a week so I'd be making double what I make subbing. Maybe I should just go for it...at least I'd still be working with kids.


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you would be making more money and still might be able to fill in the gaps with subbing. This our third year of lay-offs in my large district. The bright side is that this year has had the fewest number so maybe there is hope. I just applied for a science specialist job that is 2 days a week and then I would still sub another 2 days, just have to see what happens. I would really just like to be able to go to the same place every day.
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Sounds like a great opportunity. Does a mobile therapist work with district administrators or teachers? If so, it might be a great way to make contacts and get references to add to your resume. It seems to me that working as a mobile therapist might actually help you get a job in a classroom when the budget issues get straightened out.
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