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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Once again it was the summer and I found myself seeking a ‘fun’ job. I struck gold. Under the Parks & Recreation jobs I found a position as a Naturalist with the Warner Parks Nature Center. I was to guide field trips, takes children and adults on hikes, create programs for the community, hold hummingbirds in the palms of my hands, tasted fresh peppermint growing from a natural garden, and I even called for Barred Owls during the night.
That summer I spotted the first River Otters in over thirty years in Nashville, TN. A handsome photographer for the Tennessean captured me and I, of course, mistook the creatures for “funny-looking beavers” (I was new to rivers and creeks, I’d spent my time in boats on lakes, what did I know).
Needless to say the job was wonderful. I was paid to hike. I was paid to entertain. I was paid to educate. I went searching for crawdads in the creek (this was something I’d done as a child) I highly recommend working in Nature. The birds were beautiful ( I fed them every morning and watered the pine trees up the trails. I discovered bugs I’d never seen and ran into a few raccoons. Nature seems to come alive around me. If you’re going to go hiking and you want to see animals, promise to be as quiet as a mouse and then take me with you. It is without a doubt you’ll certainly see some creatures. Here’s my former boss speaking about the wonderful Warner Park Nature Center Opportunities.
So, again, if you fancy nature and education this is an opportunity for you. Locate the nature centers in your area and or contact the local (city) and state departments of parks and recreation. Give them a call and inquire (they certainly hire for the summer and you may find your position becoming permanent).
*One more thing I failed to mention. If you find that you can offer your nature center any benefit to their educational programs, by all means share that when writing your cover letter and share it during your interview process. If you can evaluate curriculum, create puppets, you specialize in American Indian story-telling or anything else of that nature you’ll be a real treat.
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In the midst of getting my visa paperwork completed (as I am going to South Korea officially) I bump into a woman who works for an adoption agency. She is enthusiastic in bringing children with their new families and ensuring the process is smooth. She was pairing some children from India (twenty four) with new parents and families here in the US.
I suppose getting adopted, in the most positive of all circumstances, is like getting that golden ticket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It is indeed a blessing.
Working for an adoption agency requires counseling the family and preparing them for what to expect when they bring a new child into their home and also providing insight into parenting.
As teachers, we spend time with hundreds (if not thousands) of personalities within a year. We are highly aware of various behaviors, interventions and quite frankly we have a lot of insight and empathy that would be especially needed when communicating to those who are soon changing their entire home setting.
You can post a resume through this site: http://jobs.adoption.com/ or you can call the agencies listed in your area and inquire about positions.
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I love museums in part because I love learning. Before my mother became too ill she took my sister and I to the Children’s museum in Houston, Texas. I loved it. I absolutely loved it.
Any teacher with experience in any field (elementary, middle, high school, English, Math, Science, or History) will benefit a musuem because you have the ability to coordinate events, set up displays, and take groups on tour at the museum.
I encourage you to inquire at not only museums but National landmarks that are operating as museums as well. You will find the opportunities bountiful.
Oh yes, here are some resources for museums throughout the United States: USA MUSEUMS or here Accredited Museums
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I wish someone would have helped me see how horrible I would be with credit card management. My gosh the bills certainly do pile up. I guess that’s why I’m always looking for another way to use my skills, especially in the summer. One year I stumbled on the National Endowment for the Humanities. In short, they pay teachers to learn all over the world. You can complete the two week programs or the five week programs. You will bring back everything you learn right to your classroom.
If you teach public school, you qualify. If you are a home schooling parent, you qualify. There are deadlines, so be sure to act quickly and apply now.
It is a wonderful way to earn money, learn and give back to your next group of students. So, check out the Summer Seminars and the Landmarks for American History and Culture.
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I loved the Expo Design Center of Home Depot. In fact I worked there for nearly two years while teaching. Unfortunately when the economy changed, the Expo had to close its doors. After selling carpets, rugs, hard wood floors and tiles for over four years I’d gained the necessary experience to work in educational sales.
Scholastic, Pearson and and other educational companies are always looking to hire folks who are familiar with their products. In fact if you go into your classroom right now I’d check out every electronic educational component in your room, check their site for a job opportunity. You might find yourself making base pay plus commission selling a product you love.
Your persuasive techniques (no one but you can get “Timmy” to sit down and do what he needs to do), extensive cold-calls (to parents of course), conflict resolution (breaking up those fights, whether physical or verbal) are all reasons why you’d be excellent in educational sales.
I must say on a final note that some of these jobs (as with others) are obtained through networking. So I want to HIGHLY recommend you get on LINKEDIN.COM. Set up your profile and start net-working with people. You will find various educational groups (join them) on Linkedin that will post job opportunities too!
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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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Phaedra, my roommate from college, looked at me with the look on her face that said, ‘I can not believe you just said that out loud’. While dining at the home of the rich and famous or the rich and well-known I should say, I happened on this debonair man from the state of Texas who asked me what I was going to do after I graduated college (undergrad). I looked at him with a grin and said, “I am joining the circus”. He laughed. And that is when Phaedra’s “I can not believe you just said that look” appeared.
I was one-half serious and one-half not so serious. I was not able to locate too many teaching opportunities in Texas (partly because I wanted to live in a certain area, and I was unwilling to give up my geographical preference).
The response I’d given to the man came up simply because I’d taken Phaedra and Claire (a mutual friend) to see Cirque du Soleil in Austin, Texas. From my fascination then came intrigue and there I found myself on the Cirque du Soleil Careers website looking for jobs for teachers. Eureka!
Because there are child-performers there was a demand for teachers to teach children of the circus. Teachers would travel with the children and other circus members and teach the children when they are not training.
It seemed like a heavenly opportunity. I figured, however, someone else would do better at the job than I. So, I never applied. It was a lofty thought for me. Though, had I had the sense I have now, I would have at least applied. If this job strikes your fancy I’d consider looking at other traveling circus shows (or other traveling shows for that matter).
Oh, yes, and if you’ve not been to see Cirque Du Soleil, you must make every attempt to do so in this lifetime. It really is that wonderful.
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I was in the office with a psychologist and he tells me, “Naw you don’t want to do that, you’re a melancholy”. He was responding to my plans to leave the United States and Teach abroad. That conversation seemed to stun me and bring me to a four year halt. I did not honor my internal desire to travel to another country and teach. Instead I listened to the outside influences that kept me bound to a limited experience.
Now, four (or so) years later I am leaving the country to do that which, I suppose, I’ve wanted to do all along, teach abroad.
For years teachers have been well aware of the opportunities to teach English abroad. With the growing demand to learn English in many countries throughout the world both native English speakers with and without teaching degrees are in demand. There are several (I do mean several) teaching opportunities that will accommodate you and your family if you desire to venture into something so new.
A recruiting company I am working with right now, TEACH ESL KOREA was founded by a married couple who spent over two years abroad with their young son. They taught English to many students and experienced the headaches of teaching abroad. They now work collaboratively to place teachers in the best schools throughout South Korea so that teachers traveling to South Korea will have the best possible experience.
The flight is paid, room and board are paid (again they accommodate you with the size of the home), bills and other expenses are also paid. And, most people who venture here are able to save about one million Korean Won (or just shy of about one thousand US dollars).
If South Korea is not your forte’, I have to recommend another respected company (I’ve got a friend teaching with this company right now): TEACH AWAY. Teachers will be high sought after for the August 2011 school year start, so begin applying now!
Whatever country you choose, you should know that you are in demand; so, do your homework on the various organizations and consider relocating for a new venture in life.
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At the age of five I was intent on becoming a teacher. In fact not only did I proclaim I’d become a teacher, but I proclaimed I would go to Vegas at the age of twenty-one. I had a peculiar fascination with coins free falling out of a machine just for me. I thought I’d be a winner. Well, my proclaims were true. On my twenty-first birthday I was in Las Vegas at the Bellagio winning 750 nickels off one play ($38) and by twenty-two I was teaching.
Now, just five years after first stepping into the classroom I find myself at complete odds for the current economic state. With the recent transition into a new educational career came an abrupt and unexplainable lay-off the day after Christmas. Of course, I pouted, I cried and I became angry. And, after that I went to finding solutions.
This week I offer you the first of fifty-two weeks of solutions to accompany the book, Jobs for Teachers in Transition (noted in the video) above.
Many of you may want to immediately go back into a classroom after a lay-off , it is familiar for you and less frightening. However, I can’t continue writing without sharing how important it will be for you to keep an open mind in the midst of this transitional time. If you’re not open to new opportunities, then you’ll only close yourself off.
The first job opportunity is to become a student. I know, you might be thinking, how in the heck am I going to get paid to become a student? Well, if you’d like to you can enter into graduate school and obtain a Ph.d. (for those of you who already hold Master’s degrees). There are institutions who will pay you to acquire your Ph.D (and in some instances for Masters). Do check the following universities and if you’re up for it you’ll gain a wealth of knowledge, continue teaching and grow in more ways than you ever thought possible!
These are only a few of the MANY Universities/Colleges to get further funding for graduate education (Master & PhD). If I didn’t list the school nearest to you please visit the school’s site nearest to you and check out the admissions link which will house the financial assistance link. Once you’ve gotten there you’ll easily be able to navigate the opportunities.
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