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I have been an Elementary School Teacher for about 10 years (in the public school system). I resigned in 2016 after my son was diagnosed with Autism and my MIL was diagnosed with brain cancer. Due to my son's needs, I need to find a career that doesn't require that much "prep" (aka lesson planning). So going back to the classroom is not an option at this time. I'm at a loss as to what to do. I have a Reading Specialist Credential (post grad, not the masters) but none of the nearby districts have Reading Intervention Teaching Positions. Literacy Instruction is what I'm most passionate about. I was thinking of getting Orton Gillingham certified but there is not a need for tutors in the area I live in (bay area, Milpitas, CA).

I contacted a few a schools about getting my Masters in Reading so I can hopefully become a professor one day but they all said I would just be repeating the same courses I took to get my Reading Specialist Credential.

My SIL suggested pursuing school psycology (she is a school psychologist) because there is a need for them, part-time postitions are available, pay is good, and you don't bring as much work home.

I'm not passionate about being a school psych. though; because I don't really get to work with students (I just assess them).

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I left public education after my daughter was born 5 years ago. I pulled my oldest children and we began homeschooling. Locally, the homeschool movement has grown and I have noticed parents sometimes have a need for reading tutors, especially if their children are dyslexic. Researching the needs of homeschoolers in your community may lead you to a great, flexible position.
Another option that opened up for me was helping adults earn their high school diploma. I teach two nights a week and very little prep is involved. I am employed through my state's Dept. of Workforce and Labor rather than the Dept. of Education. It pays well and allows me to continue to homeschool my children during the day.
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I am surprised to hear that you dont feel like there is a need for OG tutors/ed. specialists. Since the law changed in ca recently to make Dyslexia specific dx's and interventions a part of IEP's I feel like the need for those specialized services it at an all time high around here.
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What about becoming a school librarian? Our librarians are considered teacher specialists. In our building they see each class once a week, so the librarian is prepping one lesson per grade per week. Since you have an interest in literacy, that might be a good fit?
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After 8 years in public education I left in the fall. I eventually found VIPKID (online teaching in China) and itís been a good fit for me. Iím currently doing it and a ďday jobĒ, but this summer Iíll transition to VIPKid full-time. Feel free to message me if you have questions.


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I do know there is a need; just not in the Milpitas, Fremont, North San Jose area.
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