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Old 08-01-2008, 10:30 AM
 
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I graduated 2 days ago and I was wondering what the chances are of getting a job this late in the summer are.

I was told that maybe someone will move, quit, get transfered out of state, or have health problems. So I just wanted to know If anyone has any examples of why a school would hire someone so late in the summer or during the first weeks of school.


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Old 08-01-2008, 10:32 AM
 
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I was hired two days before school started. The previous teacher's husband got a better job and she resigned to be a SAHM. Don't give up hope...it can happen!
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A few times in our district there have been people who have taken a leave of absence, and then waited until the very last minute to decide if they were going to come back or not, so that's a possibility...I would definitely scour the newspapers for ads, and if you don't know about it yet, check out and sign up for SchoolSpring.com They have posted teacher listings for ALL STATES, and it's a great job hunting resource...good luck!!!
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Increased enrollment
Old 08-01-2008, 10:34 AM
 
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When we have an increase in our enrollment we hire after school starts. Don't give up
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:36 AM
 
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In my county they hire up to the beginning of school and then some. Sometimes people leave as earlier post stated. Sometimes after school opens, enrollment issues mean more classrooms are added. My brother was hired into the school year. Don't give up.


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Old 08-01-2008, 10:38 AM
 
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I was hired Oct 20th. School had started around the beginning of July. So you never know. Things happen.
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Our kids don't start until Aug. 26, so the principals are just returning to discuss openings with personnel. By now most teachers who may have wanted to change schools have done so. We also hire into mid Sept.

Our hiring from this point forward is usually from the eligibility list of candidates from the spring, unless the position is too specific and there are no qualified candidates.
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:43 AM
 
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not not all im getting interviews now, what state do you live in and what are you certified in?
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Has school started where you are looking? We will hire after school starts because of enrollment. We even have people set up a classroom in one school and get moved after school starts due to low enrollment in the school and higher enrollment in another. Can you imagine that? Anyway, good luck and keep checking back with the districts you applied in.
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:51 AM
 
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You can make yourself available now. Lots of things change over the summer; illness, pregnancies attrition due to moving and personnel reassignments. Ready your resume and do some networking.
I got my first assignment 22 days into the first month of school.


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Old 08-01-2008, 10:59 AM
 
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Teachers start Monday, and we hired a teacher yesterday. One year I was hired a few weeks into the school year. I had a part-time position, and then a full-time opened up and I took it.

In addition to the reasons you mentioned, sometimes positions are created. For example, sometimes grant money comes available for a specific program and one of the teachers takes over that program leaving his/her classroom in need of a teacher for the duration of the grant.

In my case, they had a large class that year, and they had a class with 30 more kids than usual. That was too many to divide among the other classes.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:02 AM
 
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I was hired in October for my first teaching job! I know around here (MA/CT) a lot of people start getting calls in mid/late August because that is when some budgets are approved or people put in their resignation. I would definitely stay optimistic and get applying!!!
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:08 AM
 
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If you have your stuff in, just wait. The school districts I've been around have:

--Hired right when school started.
--Hired after school started due to unexpected enrollment and created new classrooms
--Can't find a specialized person (Title I Reading for instance) and will temp. hire a teacher
--Will need a long term sub and hire to fill the position b/c of circumstances

Put in your application everywhere that's viable.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:08 AM
 
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I got hired the night before school started. They called around 10 oclock at night. My husband and I got so excited we jumped around the living room and woke up the kids!
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I just want to thank everyone for their response. I knew that if I wanted a quick response and for several people to read the message I should post in the Teacher's Lounge. I found all of your responses to be very helpful and encouraging. I WILL keep my hopes up and hopefully I will get hired. I am so excited! I just can't wait to teach. I just hate that I don't have 2 weeks before school starts to get my classroom ready. BUT.........

I have the boxes at the door ready to go!

Thank you all again for your support and your speedy responses.
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Old 08-01-2008, 02:05 PM
 
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My district also hires all year long because of increasing enrollment. There are some districts (like Dallas) that start SHORT hundreds of teachers. Its never too late to get a job!
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Here's one scenario...
Old 08-01-2008, 02:57 PM
 
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In my first district, the superintendent left, and the principal moved up. A sixth grade teacher who was working on his certification in administration became the administrative intern (it was a rural school and okayed by the state). This created a sixth grade opening. A woman who became a good friend was working at a Friendly's ice cream restaurant because she couldn't get a teaching job after graduation. She got the job, and was there over 30 years!
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Old 08-01-2008, 04:51 PM
 
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I accepted a job back in February, but I did a mock interview at college in January and that district actually called me today wondering if I had already accepted a position. So yes! They are still hiring! Good Luck
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Old 08-01-2008, 05:55 PM
 
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I did not interview with the county until mid July. I did not have a building level interview until 9 days into the school year. I interviewed in the morning and was hired that afternoon. The students had been with a sub for nine days.
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:55 PM
 
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I interviewed and was hired today. Don't fret! Keep sending in those apps and you might get something very soon!
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:56 PM
 
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Good luck!!
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Old 08-02-2008, 08:25 AM
 
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Thanks for sharing that! That was so funny and cute to read.
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Old 08-02-2008, 08:39 PM
 
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Many schools don't interview or hire until the last minute so I would say you could get a job, even now. When I was hired at my old job, 4 years ago, I was hired on the spot and started the following day.
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Old 08-10-2008, 10:02 PM
 
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I know three teachers who could not control their classes on the 1st day, and became so fearful, they walked out after that day, and never went back.
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