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Old 08-01-2020, 09:41 PM
 
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I'm done. And not because of COVID or anything. I am so tired of trying SO HARD to find a job in this district. Every year. I'm 'good enough' to sub, 'good enough' to be a part time reading interventionist. But I applied to EVERY elementary school within 40 miles and didn't have even one call back. All over the news, I kept hearing about teacher shortages because so many were choosing not to return. I've had a friend who is a former principal and two teacher friends look over my resume and they all said it was great. This district seems to be all about 'who you know,' and I don't know many. Teachers go back the day after tomorrow, and nothing. I'm just so tired of the disappointment every year. I read on a local FB teacher group that "unless you're conceived under a magnolia tree, you aren't getting on in this county."

I know I don't have any 'bad' references, only because pretty much everyone I've worked for prior has retired, so if anyone called a prior school, they'd only learned that I'd worked there, but nothing else.

I feel stupid for being so upset about not finding a job as an overworked, underpaid teacher, but it's where my heart is. It's just so frustrating.


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I am sorry
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Don't feel stupid. I understand your frustration. Sending you positive vibes.
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I totally understand your frustration and feel for you. Im so sorry. (((Hugs)))
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That is so frustrating. Sending you positive thoughts and sometimes things happen when you least expect it.
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Old 08-02-2020, 06:10 AM
 
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I'm so sorry. It's so frustrating to want to be given the chance, only to have it go to those who know the right people.

Sending positive thoughts your way.


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Old 08-02-2020, 07:18 AM
 
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You will probably find a job that is better than teaching.
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Old 08-02-2020, 10:41 AM
 
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I am so sorry. I totally totally get your frustration and why youd feel upset by it. You are good enough to be a teacher...please know that not getting interviewed is no reflection on your worth as a teacher.
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A long time ago, a superintendent opened my interview with Now who are your people?. Since I was from way out of the area, I knew the prospects for a job were dim. I was correct.
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No bad references
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The fact that all they can say is that you worked there can be a problem, because that's all they can usually say if something was actually negative. Plus, sometimes they're actually required to reach x number of people. I would suggest either giving the supervisors current contact information if you know it, or getting creative about the idea of supervision. For example, you've got team leaders, department chairs, various vice principals, etc. Just someone you know they can actually talk to. Even a colleague or parent or former student. Those last two may be iffy, but they can also highlight how well you work with parents or how student centered you are.
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