Posted in Jobs for teachers, tagged career opportunities, jobs, jobs for teacher, jobs for teacher who've been laid off, jobs for teachers, jobs for teachers in transition, jobs for teachers laid off, teacher jobs, teacher lay off on April 6, 2011 |
I’m in South Korea. I am beyond thankful to be here. How wonderful it is to be so greatly appreciated and valued. Though, I must say, the children had never seen someone with dark skin in real-life and because of this, their first response to my afro-like hair and dark skin was to run to the window and shout, “Africa”. Inside I did feel a bit sad. I wondered if they’d open up to me. As a means of “coping” I ignored their antics. I looked to the front of the room and perhaps appeared a bit stoic in response to their fear.
Not all of the children were afraid. Two of the children responded enthusiastically to me. The two Sara(h)’s (Sara & Sarah). They told me I was pretty. They asked if I had a “perm-a”. They were shocked to learn my hair came right out of the scalp so curly.
Students throughout the school seemed shocked by this dark skin I wear. I am a shock to many students in a town that sees foreigners with a bit of modesty. Even in walking to the store the store-keepers pause for a moment to look at me. Though, because they are older they respond with “Annyeonghaseyo” which is Hello in English.
Because I’m new to the country and learning the school-language more than anything else I’ve only been eating at home for the past week. I am purchasing food at “Paris Baguette”. Sandwiches and cereal have been my main staple of food. I like the quite of the alone time provided to me now. This weekend I will set out to walk the town and snap plenty of photos of my neighborhood.
If you’d like, you can find the videos on my youtube channel: www.youtube.com/msdanverchandler. All of the videos are titled “Danver goes to Korea” perhaps titled that way from my remembrance of “Big Bird goes to Japan” and my desire at that young age to make it overseas to Asia at some point in life.
Because I’m staying at home so much it reminds me now of the job for this week, the Homebound teacher. Homebound teachers go to students homes and provide educational services one-on-one with their students. These jobs are quite simple to find in your school district or other school districts. Typically you will service your students at the hospitals or in their homes. Check with human resources in your current school district, in a school district you desire to work for or use a job-search engine of your choice (a few good recommendations from my my book or What Color is Your Parachute, a book that changed my career life). All the best to you in your endeavors.
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Posted in Jobs for teachers, teacher jobs, tagged career opportunities, jobs for teacher, jobs for teacher who've been laid of, jobs for teacher who've been laid off, jobs for teachers, jobs for teachers in transition, jobs for teachers laid off, jobs for teachers who've been laid off, teacher jobs, teacher lay off on March 30, 2011 |
I just got back from Texas. I saw my family. Everyone (except for mom) is doing really well it seems. Every time I return to Texas I always enjoy the hill country (Austin). It is where I went to college and played so many practical jokes. Once I went to Home Depot and purchased “do not park here” signs in a lawn area where several college students (including myself) parked their cars. I was mad because it was only after I parked there that more students began parking there. I wanted to shoo them away. My plan worked. My parking space was opened and fewer students parked in what I felt was my parking space.This week’s job requires that one be quite creative. Education Coordinators are responsible for hiring teachers, teaching classes, developing budgets, creating lessons, reviewing programs and more. Typically jobs like these can be found with the non-profit groups (you can find here at: http://www.opportunityknocks.org/ or here at the National Council of Nonprofit’s Career Center. When you begin your search just type in “Education Coordinator”. It is likely you’ll be please at what you find.
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I am deeply moved by the suffering and now survival-ship of those in Japan. It seems the earth is speaking so loudly – though I have no idea what is being said. In elementary school things were explained away in metaphorical terms “God is crying” ”the angels are falling down the stairs”. Here I am, practically thirty years old, and I can’t explain the existence of good and bad events or my perception of good and bad events. What I do know is that there are survivors. They will become stronger from this experience and they will undoubteldy have stories to tell of courage. Heroes will be honored and appreciated. And, as we humans have learned over time, we will overcome. We are quick-witted compassionate, caring and intelligent and we will learn how to be prepared.
In the meantime, however, I do grieve. I do keep Japan in my thoughts.
With this event it is an excellent opportunity to remind many of you teachers that social work aims to reach children and help them out of some very tough situations. I was first introduced to social workers when I was seven or eight. Claims of neglect brought me into a room where I was questioned, examined and finally released to my father. I promise you this, I LIKED the attention from the social workers. They asked questions and were quite calm with my sister and I. And, they rightly were able to see my father was caring for us.
As a social worker you can help children survive through some tough experiences. You will work with teachers and school administrators and parents. You will report. You might cry. You may laugh. You will continue helping children (just from a different angle).
In some states more education may be required, but in some states having your educational background will open you right up to this job opportunity. Check your city, county or state website employment page or (like I love to always recommend please check your favorite search engine of choice and plug in “social worker jobs” – in my book I list my favorite search engine, but you’ll find one on your own).
An alternative to what we already know as the “social worker” would be Geriatric Social Worker or Geriatric Care. I learned of this because my father was receiving poor treatment in his living situation. I was advised to call adult protective services. I did and they certainly rescued my father from his horrible conditions. His social worker was wonderful, calling me and letting me know things each step of the way. And I can not tell you how grateful I am for the services of social workers who help me ensure he is alright when we’re 1000 miles apart.
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I think I have some weird obsession with Chipotle. I used to just get their burritos, but I recently tried nixing the burrito for a bowl and oh my sweet goodness I have a new-found addiction. For whatever it is worth, the cilantro-lime rice, pinto beans, pico-de gallo, guacamole, cheese and grilled chicken (yes I have stopped being a vegetarian because of this company’s determination to ensure appropriate animal treatment…though I might become vegetarian again soon because I’ve been eating too much cake here lately and it’ll help me lose some of this extra weight) is all divine.
With many restaurants seeking individuals with excellent management and communication skills you may find the term “manager” not too far from “teacher”. You will hire, you will fire. You will encourage, you will scold. You will reap the benefits of your organizational skills and help individuals make a living for their households. And of course you’ll have the opportunity to mentor.
In applying to over 112 jobs during my unemployment, Massage Envy (a quaint little place where you can get massages) extended the opportunity to become a manger with their company. I thought about the massages I could get, the tranquil atmosphere and the opportunity to learn about the human body in a new way.
Whether you are interested in food or service there are other companies looking for individuals with management experience. If you have empathy and gumption you very may well fit the bill as manager.
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