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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