I really like my school. But I'm currently looking for a new job. That does not mean that I'm definitely leaving but I need to see what is out there.
There are two main reasons why I'm looking for a new job.
1. I think I'd like to try something new. I've always felt a little guilty teaching at a private school. If my talent can lend itself to actually making more of a difference in kids' lives who need it more, then I would be doing more as a person on this earth, wouldn't I? Granted, rich kids need good teachers too. Hell, an argument can be made that many of the kids that I teach are the leaders of tomorrow. And if I can help instill a sense of responsibility to these kids' agenda of playdates and country homes, then good for everyone, right?
2. I am underpaid compared to most of my peers at my school and I can't stand for that much longer.
Fall Fan Director knows I'm looking for a new job. He wants me to stay and is going to do everything he can to try to keep me. I had a meeting with Red Pants a few days ago to explain my position. We'll see what happens in this regard.
If the school matches my financial needs, will I stay? Most probably. I began the year very down on the school but things are turning around. Fall Fan Director is a godsend. Red Pants is on the way out. I like my colleagues, the administrators, the administrative staff, the kids, and for the most part, the parents. It is a comfortable, satisfying job. I can walk to work in seven minutes. Plus, I don't know where I will be in three years. Maybe I won't even be in Brooklyn anyway. Why leave a place I really like now if I might leave soon anyway? I can always stay at my cushy job and actually get off my ass and finally start doing some volunteer work.
However, if I find a great public school job, it might not matter what my current school offers me. I'm a public school kid and I'm interested to try my hand there. They pay more and the benefits are much better. Yet, would I be able to deal with the testing? The bureaucracy? The large class sizes? I enjoy that at my school, I can teach what I want to teach within the larger framework. I've heard about some public schools where you have to teach a certain subject at a certain time and that you have no choice in the matter. That doesn't suit my style.
So, I embark on a job search. In my next post, I'll write about the job interview that I had today for a charter school position.
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