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(LONG) Not really much to do with a classroom, just life...
Old 03-28-2010, 03:59 PM
 
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so I'm not really sure if I'm within the guidelines of what these posts are to be about. I guess I'm just looking for advice from the moms out there, or anyone really, who also work in special education that might have some thoughts to offer.

My husband and I currently have a beautiful 11-month old daughter. We are going to try for another child toward the end of this summer/beginning of fall to be able to (hopefully) pop one out right about the end of next school year haha!

I'm an Adaptive Behavior classroom teacher, so I work with students that are severely cognitively impaired and have some major behavior/aggression issues that are mostly brought on by communication deficits but not totally. I work at a school that is about 40 miles from our home (we lived in the area when I started the job, but my husband and I bought a house that far away later, and I didn't want to change jobs because I LOVE my school and admin and teachers that I work with). I'm definitely working there next school year as well because I want to see the kids I originally started with off to high school.

I was thinking about next school year, 2010-11, being the last year I work for that district and then looking for a job in the school district I currently live in for the 2011-12 school year.

The problem is, that'd be right when we are planning (if all goes well) for our second child to be born. I guess my question is, how hard will it be to find a new job right after I have a baby? I feel like I know the simple answer is VERY HARD. I mean, how will I find the time to go on interviews and be able to properly sell myself (have energy, haha) while taking care of a newborn and a 2 year old that summer? Will I be putting my family at risk (in case I don't get a job)? YES. That's not good.

The positives of working closer to home are financially enormous. I would also be able to still get home at a decent hour when I have to stay at work late.

But, if I'm not able to find a new job, none of that matters.

Should I just plan on staying at my current job for an additional year?

I know this is a lot of futures planning, but I teach middle school SPED, so that's what I do and what I'm good at !

Any thoughts are appreciated and again, I apologize if this is not the right place to bring this up, but I figure I'd like to hear opinions of others, if possible, in addition to discussions I've had and will undoubtedly continue to have with my husband, family, and friends.


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My thoughts are that a job search, or new
Old 03-30-2010, 07:40 AM
 
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job, new baby, new tot, new school sound like an awful lot of changes all at once. Personally, I hugely value being happy at work. I've experienced the dark side of being miserable at a school with low morale. As much as it would be nice to teach in my side of town, I prefer safe and happy at my current school.
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Old 03-31-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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How long does it take you to get to work? Although I totally agree with Blue Heron and I'm so glad to HAVE a job, for your own satisfaction I think you should look around and see what is available out there. Then you can make level-headed choices and they will be your own.
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Thanks so much!
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After I wrote all of that, I forgot to come back and see if anyone responded until now. Whoopsie!

I have decided that I am going to search for a job in districts closer to my home. I began applying the beginning of this week and will continue until I have them all finished. I will go on interviews if I get any. I will do all of this knowing I can still keep my job at my current school. If I am interviewed at a school and find what I am looking for and am offered a job, I will take it in a heartbeat.

I just know that I have to try to relocate now. Although I want to stay because it would be fun to see my original kids off to HS, I cannot limit myself. I need to do what's right for me and my family. My principal and others at my school know my situation, and I have their full support and am armed with a lot of recommendation letters and references. They want me back next year but understand that I have to do what's best for me. Knowing that I may not find that kind of support somewhere esle makes me want to stay even more, but I have to try.

Thanks for your input blueheron and leslier!

This will all work out for the best, and I know that God will take me where I'm needed.

Leslier, it takes me about 50-55 minutes to get to school in the mornings and about an hour and 15 minutes or so to get back home in the evenings.
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