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Getting a job as a para
Old 09-12-2016, 03:10 PM
 
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It's funny, back in 2001 I got a TA job without any teaching experience at all. Now I am a fully licensed middle school teacher who can't seem to get a para job. The backstory is I took time off to be with my kiddo and I'd prefer to be a para instead of a teacher. The district I work in is very competitive and jobs are super hard to come by. I did an interview and it took 6 weeks for them to tell me I wasn't selected. So now I'm substitute teaching again hoping for another chance at getting a permanent para gig. It really hurts my self esteem that I have a teaching degree and experience and yet I still can't get an assistant job.



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Old 09-12-2016, 03:55 PM
 
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Hi. Perhaps there is a concern that a licensed teacher will not be happy in a para position?
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Maybe. I have let the board know that I have no intention of going back to regular teaching. Too much stress and I have a lot of family commitments I must tend to after school.
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Since you have put it out there that you do not want to teach, maybe a position will be offered to you at some point. I certainly would not give up.

We had a certified teacher work as a para for part of a school year, and she was used to do reading intervention groups. They just loved having that extra resource.

My sister knows of a man who was also a certified teacher that worked for a few years as a para. He believed he was evaluated harshly each year because of his teaching certification. Teachers used him as a para, and not as another teacher resource, and he believed he was penalized for this in his evaluations. I have no idea if this is true, but it is something to think about. Open communication about this matter from the start to the end of the school year certainly would increase the likelihood a para is used by teachers in a way administration feels is appropriate.

Some paras feel they are not paid enough to have teacher type duties, but in our school system, a para who has a teaching degree is paid at a higher rate. This possibly could affect whether a teacher is hired into a para position.

We did have a former principal come to our school system from another county to work as a Title I resource teacher. I have no idea if her pay reflected her experience. She said she suddenly became a single mom and stepping down allowed her the time she needed to devote to her children. She worked with us for several years and seemed very happy in her job.
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Severe kiddos
Old 09-13-2016, 03:56 PM
 
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It's more that there are a ton of jobs working with severe kiddos. It's just too stressful, I subbed in a class like that and I knew it wasn't for me. The paras in the mild classes stay forever so the chances of getting a job there are slim.


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