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Old 10-18-2017, 02:59 PM
 
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I've worked at two private schools for a total of 10 years. Should I list all of my experience or will it turn off principals from even interviewing me because I might cost them too much money, even though from my perspective a starting teacher in a public school with only 3 years experience probably makes more than me now. I'm afraid that I've gotten to the point in my private school career that I wouldn't even get an interview at a public school because the principal might think I would cost too much. Should I leave off my 1st school and only list my years at my current school, is that ethical? If I did that would they ask what I had been doing from the time I graduated from college to my current job? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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I would put all 10 years of experience. I don't think that is too much, especially if the public schools only count 3 years*, it won't price you out of reach. Experience is a good thing, it means you have proven yourself.

The public school HR departments are likely well aware that the private schools pay less.

*are you sure that's true? Here most districts count 7 years experience on the salary scale, and in some districts, 12 years. They do that because those districts actively WANT teachers with experience, and they want an edge on the districts that don't transfer as many years.
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I don't see any reason not to list them. My administrators have always preferred teachers with experience, but i'm in a large district and principals don't need to nickel and dime costs when it comes to years of experience.
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I don't think dusty is saying they will only credit a maximum of 3 years. The public school at step 3 pays more than he/she is making now, that's all.
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Thank you for the replies so far. Just to clarify, I edited my post and at first I wrote that in the past I thought public school would only count 3 years but NOW, I think I might be wrong and public schools would count more than 3 years, which makes me nervous that some principals wouldn't even consider me because i would cost too much. Would love to hear more thoughts.
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I sit on interview panels for classroom teachers as well as paraeducators and occasionally specialists at the K-5 school where I work. We select candidates based on experience and fit (based upon the interview). I have never heard my principal say anything about the pay scale. In fact, the fastest way to reduce a stack of 30+ resumes for one open position is to remove those with little or no experience. If you do not include some of your experience, it would hurt you if you were applying at my school. Also, occasionally we have people with unexplained gaps in their employment history or things that raise red flags about their employment timeline (like listing 2 jobs in 2 different states occurring at the same time). I have seen applicants put into the 'no interview' pile for something as simple as that when there have been lots of other qualified candidates. If you are leaving off work experience, you are opening yourself to assumptions by the people reviewing your application if they see you aren't accounting for periods of time in your work history.

ETA: My husband has been a private Christian school teacher and principal. I understand why you might be concerned about the cost of your salary and benefits. In the public school system, there are so many funding sources and financials above the building level, that is not something my principal worries about. Maybe if you are applying in a district that is in such a tight financial position that they are struggling to pay their teachers, but if that is the case, I probably wouldn't recommend applying to work there anyway.

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I would double check your state laws to see if your area public schools count private school experience in the pay scale. I donít think private school experiences counts on the salary steps in my state.

If they donít then you would be a dream candidate. Someone with a lot of experience that can be paid at a lower rate and therefore not too expensive.
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When my wife took her public school teaching job 11 years ago she had 10 years experience in a private Montessori school. The public school district started her off on step 10. That was great because she went from making ~$30k to a little over $60k. Our maximum entry step is 15.

Perhaps the size of the district matters? I am in a large district and the principal and HR aren't going to concern themselves over the prospective teacher's pay. A teacher could make $50k or $70k, the difference isn't going to matter much.
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