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I really want to teach. Everytime I think about giving up my search, I get really depressed about it. My husband and I are moving to Round Rock, TX, next week. I've been applying like crazy to different school districts in that area, and I've already passed the tests to be certified Generalist EC-6 and have a one year certification. I haven't heard anything. The problem is...my contract was not renewed with the last school district I worked for. It is the school board's policy not to give reason for non-renewals for non-tenured teachers. I was never written up, my evals were good, and all the other teachers were just as shocked as I was about it. I did ask the prinicipal, and he just kept saying he could not tell me. I took it to the local Education Association and got no where. It was my fourth year teaching, but my first year teaching junior high level. I had actually left a third grade position at a private school to take the position only because it was closer to home. An hour commute one way became 15 minutes round trip. I liked it, but really want to go back to elementary. Anyway, I've been told by others that I am considered unhireable because principals look at a non-renewal as being fired. I also know that the market is somewhat saturated. I have thought about subbing or trying to get a teacher assistant job.

Does anyon have any ideas of what I can do? We really can't afford for my to be out of work much longer.


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is that even legal??? Not to tell you?
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Hi,

I am sorry to hear about your previous contract.

When you fill out the application and it asks, "Reason for leaving previous job?" Can you put that you left because you were moving?

I don't think you are unhireable if all your evaluations were good and you have no write ups. Sometimes, contracts are not renewed due to low student numbers or budget cuts.

Will this be your first time teaching in Texas?

I was out of the classroom for two years because I went back to school. During those two years, I worked on earning my 150 hours of professional development to renew my 5 year certificate.


If you do go the para or sub route, I really suggest you attend as many professional development inservices. Round Rock is serviced by Region 13.

Do a search for --- Education Service Center Region XIII

My District (in Texas) is serviced by Region I, but I have taken courses offered by Region XIII. When you create an account, you can put that you are a sub (they don't check).



I attended so many professional development inservices that I was able to get to know the Educational Specialist and consultants by name! During my interviews, I was able to name drop. (P. really like when T. take free inservices and know how to get free classroom resources.)



I checked the student population for Round Rock ISD and it's 30% hispanic and 44.7% White with 77 languages spoken throughout the district (PEIMS 2010-2011 Fall Collection).

There might be a problem with not having an ESL or Bilingual certification. (Do you know how to check how many teachers are bilingually certified by school?)

If you need any help find info on the TEA website or your district website just let me know.

Looking for a job is really stressful, but it will be worth it when you get your own classroom. Good Luck!
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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I have worked for districts where a non-renewal = fired, but the district I currently work for uses the term non-renewal to mean laid off. Maybe the area you are moving to would view it this way?
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Yes, this will be my first time teaching in Texas. I taught for four years in Tennessee. I would put moving as reason for leaving, but the nonrenewal was for the 2010 - 2011 school year. Plus they some applications ask out right if you have had a contract not renewed. I don't want to lie about it and it come back and bite me in the butt. I'm also going to look into tutoring to help supplement income.

Thanks for the advice. I never thought of going to professional development like that before. I will definitely do that.


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research...................
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Look into the charter schools in that area. This is my first year teaching and I got hired at a charter school.
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