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Old 03-26-2021, 02:06 PM
 
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Not sure if this will draw interest but I am curious as to what grades/subjects everyone taught and the last grade/subject prior to retirement. Also were you in the same location for your whole career or several different places?

Iíll start....Iíve taught Grades: K,1,2,3 and also special ed. (Physically impaired and then in a resource room). My last 10 years prior to retirement were in regular ed-grade 3.

Iíve taught in my home state, Iowa, New Mexico, and at an international school in Yokohama Japan.


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I did all my teaching in Texas but in different towns and school districts.

I started as a homemaking teacher at a middle school outside of San Antonio, TX.

Then I moved to Houston and taught homemaking again, but only half time. The other half of the day at the middle school I taught language arts. Then as homemaking was disappearing as an elective at MS and HS I started teaching just LA.

Then I stayed home with my on children for a few years.

When I returned to teaching I taught HS dance (my minor) and was responsible for the drill team and also two classes of study skills classes for freshmen. This was outside of Austin, TX.

Then I went back to school and earned my elementary certification. I took my last teaching job with AISD in Austin and taught third and fourth grade for 20 years at one elementary.
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I started teaching high school chemistry and middle school general science as a Peace Corps Volunteer at a Catholic girlís school in Cape Coast, Ghana.

After Peace Corps, I moved to Vermont. (I grew up in Michigan, but it was easier to get certified as a teacher in Vermont). I taught science at a ski racing academy, basically tutoring kids who were there for the ski season, using materials sent by their teachers. At the end of the season, I got a middle school science job at a local high school.

Moved to a new school in Vermont the following year, and for six years I taught chemistry, earth science, and middle school physical science there.

Got a job in New Hampshire teaching high school chemistry and being science department head. Taught there for 31 years: chemistry, physical science, and environmental science.

While teaching in NH I also taught as an adjunct professor at a local branch of Franklin Pierce University, teaching chemistry to nurses and also a general science course for a few years.
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I taught for 12 years in upstate NY. I taught grades 3,4, 5 and 6. In NJ, I taught 30 years. I had grades 2, 3, and 4.
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I taught in the same school board in a region directly north of Toronto, Ontario. I started with grade 5/6, because thatís what was available and offered. In my heart I was a primary teacher. I gradually worked my way down: Grade 4/5, Grade 4, Grade 3/4, then Gr. 3, Gr. 2 for several years, and finally, Grade 1. Grade 1 was where I was meant to be! My last 15 years or so were in grade 2, 1/2 combined or grade 1. I retired from Grade 1 in 2012.


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Old 03-26-2021, 03:07 PM
 
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I graduated from college in 1979, during a huge glut on the education market. I knew staying in NY state was not an option. Found a position in ID, then married and moved to the central mountains in the state, and thatís where Iíve stayed.

5th grade, 7/8 math, middle school English, 4th grade for 18 years, and then the last 10 years in 6th. A total of 3 districts.

The last 3 years, my DH and I taught next to each other in the same grade level. The kids and we had great fun with that setup. Good-natured pranks abounded.
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I like this thread!

Teaching was a second career for me. All 19 years in same district on the coast of Northern California.

I taught kinder for 8 years, 1st for 2, and ended with 9 years in 2nd grade.
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--I began at a Catholic elementary school grades 1-2 for 5 years

--All public school experience in one district in Socal.
--taught at a title 1 elementary school with 99% free lunch students for 25 years and loved it until everyone retired. grades 2-3

--transferred for 1 year to a child development center and taught tk all day .

--was asked to become the reading intervention teacher ( my dream job)at another great school and thought I could stay at this job ( all 4 years) until retirement and then they eliminated the position so for 1 year went back in the classroom for Kinder all day .
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I love reading your teaching histories!

I majored in Spanish at UCLA and started as a bilingual teacher in a VERY poor area of Los Angeles in 1974. I loved that job! I was there for 9 years, mostly in grades 1 & 2 (and I’m still friends with quite a few colleagues). Then I stayed home with my own 2 kids for 11 years—and during that time DH was transferred to Northern California. When I was almost ready to go back, I subbed K-12 for a year to see what I wanted (and learned I could never teach K). The only full-time job I could get was middle school math and Spanish in a Catholic school. I loved that job, but low pay and no benefits had me returning to public school after 3 years. I spent my last 17 years at a public elementary school in Northern California—the first half in 3rd (which, in retrospect, might have been my favorite grade) and then I was moved to 5th. So....only 30 years full-time teaching, mostly wonderful. (After I retired, I moved back to SoCal.)
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Iím pretty boring. I actually had a special Ed degree but didn't end up teaching Special Ed. I taught 6 years in a private school in a low income area of Chicago. Then I taught 5 years in a private school in a blue collar suburb of Chicago. I taught for the next 26 years in a high performing public school in a high income suburb. All 37 years in first grade. All wonderful schools.


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Isn't it wonderful to still be friends with those teachers after so many years. We were in ongoing book clubs, lunches etc. . .but now we seem to only connect after one of us passes away!
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NC here. I taught 5th grade for 6 years, then moved to third grade for 21 years. It was always my favorite. I was moved to 4th grade for one year, but I transferred and got back to third grade for 4 more years. Then got moved to 2nd grade and retired! I hated 2nd grade... I had NO materials and felt like they were so young compared to my third grade smart kids!
I was at 3 schools all in the same community.
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I was a late bloomer and didnít start teaching until my 40ís after many years as a stay at home home mom. I went through a divorce then back to schoolófirst a 2 year associate degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and then a teaching degree 5 years later. All of my teaching was in the same school district in Washington state.

I worked for 5 years as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and worked with special ed students in many schools throughout our district.

I was a special ed teacher for 18 yearsómy first 5 years as a behavior teacher and then 13 years as an elementary resource room teacher.

Luckily, when I looked into retirement I found out that those 5 pre-teaching years would be equal to 10 teaching years (different retirement system with different calculations) and would be based on my final 3 years teacher salary, not the paltry salary I earned for those 5 years. It made all the difference in my decision and ability to retire!
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I graduated from college in 1974, but did not begin teaching until 1979...many layoffs and downsizing during those five years so there were no teaching jobs available.

I taught sixth grade for one year, fourth to sixth for one year (the kids moved between four teachers for different subject areas), and third grade for thirty years.

My first twenty-one years were spent in a country school with only one of each grade, but budget cuts closed this school. My last eleven years were spent in a country school with three of each grade. The district consolidated three small schools into one school in the largest of the small school buildings. All my years were spent in the same district in my hometown.

I retired in 2011 and did some long-term subbing the first year. During the past nine years, I've worked as an interventionist part-time four days per week at the same school where I ended my career. It is the perfect retirement job.
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Old 03-26-2021, 05:33 PM
 
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I taught 17 years bilingual multiple subjects in elementary school, and then 18 years of HS English. All 35 years were in the same high poverty, high needs public school district in SoCal. During those years I also taught a variety of graduate level and credential courses for a local branch of our state university.

I enjoyed being fully retired until three years ago when I was recruited by one of my former administrators to teach in an adult school. Now, I work part time in a program designed to help immigrants learn English and earn a HS diploma. They are wonderful and very appreciative students. So currently, I am a part time retiree.
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Iíve taught K, 1, 2, 5, and 6.

Most of my time was spent in grade 2.

28 years in the same district, 2 schools.

The number of principals and administrators Iíve worked for is ridiculous. Itís a good thing we had a strong teaching staff because admin was a revolving door!
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I substituted the year after graduating from college, could not find a position in 1987. One of many schools that I subbed for had a kindergarten teacher take a maturity leave. I was gired to do the 6 weeks. It turned into a leave of absence for she wanted to stay home with new baby. So I started substituting in November and
I finished the school year out. I was in heaven! Then the teacher decided not to return - so I was interviewed and got the position for the next school year! Yeah!!!
I taught kindergarten in "that classroom" for another 32 years. In 2001, my classroom moved to the new elementary building, but I was still in one of three kindergarten sections/classroom in the same school district since I subbed for a teacher on maturity leave so many years ago. I taught in Iowa.
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I taught first, second and third grades. Two years in one district and 30 in another.
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Old 03-26-2021, 07:11 PM
 
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I went back and got my teaching certificate in 1986 after working for 15 years as a medical technologist after graduating from college in 1971. I then taught elementary grades 2-6 for 30 years in Colville, Washington and Priest River, Idaho. I retired in 2016.
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Forty years teaching math at the same high school. Retired at the end of the 2018-2019 school year (my DH wanted to retire after fifty years of teaching, so I retired with him.)
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I started college with no specific career goal in mind. I stopped after two years and 'accidentally' worked as an instructional aide. (I thought I was going to be a 'noon aide' supervising children at recess.) I originally had no intention of becoming a teacher but the teachers there told me I was meant to be a teacher and encouraged me to return to school to work toward my teaching credential.

I started my first year teaching in the district where i had been an aide, but transferred to another district for a huge increase in salary. I was very fortunate to have had a wide range of teaching experiences both in and out of the classroom. Throughout my career I taught grades K-8 in various configurations, at various schools. I also was out of the classroom for several years working with parent groups, developing Spanish elementary teaching materials for bilingual teachers and conducting workshops for them. At the middle school, I spent a couple of years teaching as well as working as a program coordinator. I taught 4th grade in my final years before retiring.
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Old 03-27-2021, 12:37 AM
 
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When I first read the post, I thought it was referring to teaching the subject of history
Anyway, I was a late bloomer. I subbed for three years after getting my degree as a nontraditional student. Then was hired as a Title 1 teacher, teaching grades K-5 reading and math . I liked working with small groups and the teaching staff. That was my first 5 years. Then I moved into fourth grade. Taught in the same district all 27 years. I did take a break to teach second grade for 2 years but went back to fourth as soon as I could! I loved the curriculum in 4th the best-especially teaching all about Ohio in social studies.
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I taught Grades 1 and 2 in NY for 4 years.

I then moved to VA and taught Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, and also taught K, 1 and 6 in summer school. I finished my last 15 years as a Reading Specialist. The variety helped me make it 41 years!
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I have spent my entire career in the same district, but at two different schools.
  • senior English
  • freshman, junior, and senior English; 7th grade reading & health
  • 8th grade reading & health; 7th grade language arts; K-12 homebound
  • 7th/8th language arts
  • 7th grade language arts
  • 8th grade language arts

I'm retiring in November with 28.3 years!
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I taught all 33 years in the same district which also happened to be the district I attended elementary, junior high, and high school.

I started in a small country school. We had three teachers grade 1-6. We sort of ran it ourselves. The principal from a school 7 miles away would stop by once or twice a week when the custodian from that school brought out the hot lunch every day. I taught 1/2 combo for several, years and then we had a large first grade come in so they hired a fourth teacher and I just taught first and another teacher taught second. The other two teachers felt strongly that smaller class sizes in 1/2 would make their jobs easier as they taught combo classes. We developed a strong teacher/staff relationship as well as strong ties to the tiny community. I could go on and on reminiscing about my 9 years at that school. Then they started downsizing and I transferred to a larger school (5-6 classes per grade level).

I started there teaching first grade, then did several rounds of looping first and second (excellent results!) and finally settled into what, in my opinion, is the best grade to teachósecond. During that time I changed classrooms many times and then when they added on to the building I got to be in the brand new section. I fell in love with all that newness The larger school was way more complicated in terms of staff and the community, but I did enjoy it and feel fortunate that I developed great friendships there, too.

After I retired I was offered a very flexible part time position as a literary support teacher in the primary school. The first year I did that until about Feb. and then long termed subbed for the Reading Interventionist when she took maternity leave. The second year, same thing, but it was the other interventionist on maternity leave! I loved doing reading interventions. The third year was just supporting literacy and my fourth and final year of working as a math interventionist at the intermediate school. I thought I would not like that because I am a reading person, but really enjoyed it. There was a new principal though and she was tricky to work with so making my decision to retire for good was easy.

I thought I might miss teaching, but can confidently say I do not miss it at all. I love retirement!
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What a great post! Thanks gradymidget....

I went back to school at the ripe old age of 45 to become an elementary school teacher in Florida. I had been a stay at home mom and then became a widow at the age of 41. I started volunteering at my kids' school and decided I wanted to teach. After finishing my Masters degree and doing my internship (with a supervising teacher who was 20 years younger than me) I was lucky enough to be hired in the public school where I volunteered. I finished my degree on a Friday and started my job the following Monday. I was a first grade teacher in that same school for 16 years until I retired a few years ago. Loved every minute....well, most minutes. But looking back....it was a wonderful time of my life and as much as I enjoy retirement, I do miss it.
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I graduated from college in 1975, moved halfway across Iowa to my first teaching job in a catholic school in a tiny town. I taught 4th grade there and loved it. I met my DH who was a farmer near this town. We were set up on a blind date by the 1st grade teacher in my school who was dating DH's brother. We got married and I taught there for 5 years.

I stayed home with my 3 kids for 8 years when the hog market took a turn for the worse and I subbed for a year. I then got a job teaching 2nd grade in the afternoons, sharing with another teacher in another Catholic school in another town closer to where we live. My partner teacher moved to another grade fulltime and so I started teaching 2nd grade full time.

After 15 years teaching 2nd all our local catholic schools in the county consolidated with the catholic schools in the largest town in our county. I taught 2nd grade there for 9 more years for a total of 24 years in second.

I needed a change of grades so I moved to 5th grade, which is my favorite, and taught for 7 more years. I retired in 2019. Best decision ever!

So 3 different schools, 3 different towns in the same county in Iowa for a total of 36 years! And my roommate when I first moved to this county is still my best friend of almost 46 years!
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I basically taught from 1985-2013 in the same first grade class at a Catholic School in Maryland.
I actually got my room moved from downstairs to upstairs at one point. Before that gig I was an Title 1 resource teacher in a middle school in Connecticut. I also worked in preschool in Virginia and Maryland.
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When there were no more moms left at home on my block, I decided to return to school for the elementary ed that I had started after high school.

I taught 20 years at 2 suburban Houston schools.

First school I taught, 3rd grade then gifted/talented 2nd grade.

Second school was closer to my home, and I taught 4th grade language arts and social studies.
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I graduated from college with an Elementary Ed degree, but didn't use it until 15 years later, when my youngest was in 3rd grade. My student teaching was in kindergarten, and that was what I wanted to teach. I started looking for a position, and I brushed up by starting to work part time on a Master's degree. The job I was offered was teaching first grade. The principal assured me that when a kindergarten slot came open, I could move into it. That happened the following year, but I loved the first graders, and decided to stay.

I wound up teaching for 30 1/2 years: 21 1/2 in first grade, and 9 in second grade.
All of this was done in public school, in 2 different school districts, in South Carolina.
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My undergrad degree was in speech pathology and theatre--double major.
I went to UCLA for a theatre masters, realized I wasn't going to teach theatre in a university so worked for Los Angeles Unified teaching preschool while finishing the degree.

I taught child growth and development and pre-school curriculum at community colleges while working on my speech path MA. and after while a speech language pathologist for the autism program at a state hospital for six years. My hospital case load primarily involved working to establish or enhance communication skills for institutionalized adults.

DH and I moved to northern Nevada and I worked as a public school SLP for six years. I completed requirements for an elementary credential and started teaching first grade at the Title 1 school where I'd been assigned for those years.

I retired after 19 years teaching at that school. I taught first grade for all of that time except for two years as a Reading Recovery/reading resource teacher. Teaching in-service classes in reading, math, and poverty let me delve into curriculum and helped my teaching. I also presented at some conventions both representing publishers and as myself sharing ideas and activities. (Presenters attended free!)

(P.S. I used my theatre degrees doing stage technician work--lighting, sound, and shifting scenery in Southern California and Nevada. It helped greatly making presentations and doing cold reads of picture books in class.)

After retirement, I subbed as a transition to "civilian life" and finally decided I like children, but don't like scripted teaching and retired permanently.

Retirement is a wonderful place. I do like being under-scheduled and, covid permitting, traveling whenever the mood strikes me or DH.
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