In how many schools have you worked?My contract stated back in 1999 that I was entering a system with LOADS of veteran teachers (35 years teaching PLUS) and that the union had negotiated a system...

In how many schools have you worked?

My contract stated back in 1999 that I was entering a system with LOADS of veteran teachers (35 years teaching PLUS) and that the union had negotiated a system of seniority. Being at the bottom of the Totem Pol I had no choice but to sign. I have worked in 7 schools in 10 years. What is your experience?

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crmhaske eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I haven't been in the teaching game for very long, only about seven years now.  Most of that time has been spent as a private tutor; however, I have worked for Ryerson University in Toronto as a Campus Leadership Advisor where one of my responsibilities was to organize, and give academic study sessions to first year engineering students, and I am presently a TA while I finish my PhD.

All three different situations gave me three very different experiences.  A lot less organization goes into being a private tutor.  It is usually up to the student to tell you what they are doing in class, and what they are struggling with.  On a few occasions I have worked with the student's teacher because of a learning disability (I went to the school and invigilated the student's exam), but the responsibilities of a private tutor are definitely very different from those of a formal teacher.

Organizing study sessions, and my work as a TA requires more direct involvement with planning, but I've yet to be in a situation where I am solely responsible for creating the course material and delivering it.  I very much look forward to the day when I get to create me own course as a professor.

Beacuse my experience is not as a full time employee of an academic institution I have had exposure to a great many universities, colleges/CEGEPs, highschools, and elementary schools.  Too many to count.

tresvivace eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have worked at one junior high (what we now call a middle school), two high schools, and two colleges over the course of a long career.  I was especially fortunate to work at one school, my second, for 21 years.  I truly believe that it was my experience at this school that really led me to develop into a genuine educator.  I had a wonderful principal at this school who allowed us the freedom to develop our strengths.  In addition, the school was small, allowing for camaraderie among the faculty and closeness within the student body.  when this school closed, I was transferred to a larger school in the district. I directed the play as I had at the previous school, and this allowed me to develop good relationships with students.  Now I have left K-12 and have been an adjunct at two colleges (simultaneously for a while though I now just work at one).  The range of teaching has given me a good persepctive on the profession, but I believe that spending a long time in one school was the best thing that could have happened to me in this career.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have taught in four schools in 17 years. I spent the first two years in an inner city school in the UK and loved it - moving for a promotion at one of the newly formed City Technology Colleges. This was a busy but most stimulating environment as the school became the top performing comprehensive in the country. Long hours but examination bonuses and superbly behaved kids. I could really teach in this environment.

I was then headhunted to be part of a management team to turn around a failing school. I disliked the lack of teaching and the constant negativity. I was more of a police officer than a teacher.  I left my post after 2 years and have now taught in New Zealand for the past 5 years. No external tests, league tables or 11 hour days (well not so often...) I think it has helped me being experienced in different environments as it becomes eaasier to accept change.

lsumner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I began teaching in 1992. I had a major in high school English, but there were no openings in my county at the time. The only teaching position offered to me was the English as a Second Language position. I became the very first ESL teacher in my county. Little did I know that I was about to embark upon "foreign" territory, no pun intended. I was hired to work between two elementary schools. I worked two days at one and three at the other. I thoroughly enjoyed my ESL position, but I desired to teach writing. After five years of teaching ESL, I transferred to one of the four high schools in my county. Today, I am teaching high school English. However, the first five years of teaching ESL really helped me understand how to teach all students. Ironically, in the fall, I am returning to college to seek ESL certification. What goes around comes around.   

flamingogirl eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've worked at 4 schools in 10 years. I, too, am a change-of-career teacher, and my first job was in an urban school with most students living below the poverty level. It was a middle school, and I really wanted elementary; it was very hard to get an elementary principal to give me a chance. Apparently there are a great deal of politics involved in transferring, especially between middle and elementary school. Elementary teachers in this district think they work harder than middle school teachers. Once I did get a transfer, I stayed there for 5 years. We got a new principal whose micro-managing style did not work for me, so I transferred. I was only at that school for one year because they opened a new school nearby and my job was eliminated due to smaller numbers. I'm now at a school that is is close to my house, and has a great principal.

lmallow eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my 22 years of teaching, I have worked at 4 schools.  My first year of teaching was in Kindergarten.  The next school I worked at was a junior high school with 7th and 8th graders.  I taught students with behavior disorders.  After that I taught for 19 years in a middle school.  At this school I taught students with learning disabilities and behavior problems.  For the last two years I have taught at a separate school for students with severe emotional problems.  In this school I taught a self contained high school class.  Our school serves pre-K to 12th grade students with severe emotional problems. Our service areas is 4 different school systems.  Each school setting has had its rewards and challegences.

categal eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Not counting the tons of schools I subbed for in L.A. and then Sacramento before getting my first full time teaching position I've been at 2 high schools and 1 international school (China). My first posting was at a tiny town and run by an old boys club, I didn't like the way it was run so 2 years later I rushed off to the big city.  There I found that getting a job wasn't so easy and a declining budget made jobs few and far between.  I finally landed a part-time job at an amazing high school to only be let go because of MORE budget cuts.  With no jobs in sight I broadened my view and took off to China to teach English in a very small and rural city.  Next stop: Japan! :o)

sboeman eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've worked professionally at only two schools in my nine year teaching career, but I've student-taught at three other schools.  I've taught at both a private and public school, and from grades ranging from fourth to twelfth.

After reading the other posts, I find that some teachers seem to find that teaching in multiple schools and/or at multiple grade levels has helped them; personally, I am happy where I am now-teaching what I love at a public high school!  My wife, a former first-grade teacher, doesn't see how I can handle the teenage attitudes, but I couldn't see how she handled the miniature classrooms, shoe-tying problems, and runny noses.

islandmarsh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Two and 1/2 different schools over 22 years.  I started my first year in a senior high, then moved to another district that was a 6-9.  The half comes in two years ago.  The 8/9th grade moved to another building.

Because my district is one of the fastest growing districts in the country, seniority has never been a worry for me.  How the heck I lasted long enough to make it to the first page of seniority is way beyond me.  It still seems like yesterday that I started.

I have to say that tenure is not as easy as it once was.  We don't pass a number of our new hires into tenure.  When I started it was pretty much guaranteed, sadly.

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Twenty years in one school!  I have certainly had days and even years when I looked around, but in the end, to teach, live, and raise my own children in this community is very rewarding.  Because the district grew very rapidly in the early part of my career, I was given lots of different classes to teach and I felt  challenged and valued.  I have enjoyed the growth and changes that the school has gone through.  In my 20 years we have gone from a small district and have grown to be one of the 10 biggest in Illinois.  I will retire from this district the same year my youngest graduates from it -- makes me smile to think about it!

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I taught in the urban setting for my first two years.  It was rough, but I learned loads about classroom management.  Undoubtedly, they were the most insightful years.  I was young and I looked at every day as a new challenge, every hour as a new test.  I then moved out to the suburbs when the charter school I was working for was being taken over by new management that wanted to bring their own people in.  I have been there for the last twelve years.  I find that there are different challenges in it, but have loved it even more than my first two years.  If all goes well, I consider myself remaining here for the long haul.

lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am a change-of-career teacher. I started in a private school before I had certification. I then returned to subbing for the large district my kids attend. While there, I took a long-term sub job in special ed and realized I wanted to be a special ed teacher. I worked for 4 years in special ed in an elementary school in my kids' district, then for 4 years in a different elementary school as a teacher. Our enrollment dropped, and I had to move to the high school level last year, and it has turned out to be a *perfect* fit. I hope to stay where I am till retirement.

burbina eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've been in 3 schools in 8 years, and that's not counting the 2 schools I split my student teaching between.  My first 2 years, I was at Westport Middle Academy, an Edison Charter School.  I LOVED every second of that job.  I got my master's degree in Ed. Tech and went to Crestridge for a year as the Technology Coordinator...hated it.  I missed the classroom, students, and fellow teachers.  So, I went to Ray-Pec to teach Freshman English, and I've been there for the last 5 years.  Next year, I'll still be at Ray-Pec, but I'll be teaching Junior and Senior English.

susan3smith eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've taught school for 33 years.  I have worked in 5 high schools-one private; 4 public.  I have taught night classes for three different two-year coleges.  I teach summer school in a private high school.  So I have had experience with a range of educational institutions--ranging from quite small to very large.  I have enjoyed each school--some more than others, and while I see no huge differences in the students I have taught, I have witnessed major differences in the way schools are run, the morale of the teachers, and the support or lack of it from colleagues. 

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After substituting in many of the suburban schools in the Chicago area, I was unable to procure a permanent position.  So, I went into other fields--sales, retail, whatever.  But, these years provided me valuable experience in what the real working world is like, and assisted me in teaching later on when I was fortunate enough to fill a need.  Ironically, it was my minor, not my major which afforded me the opportunity.  And, because I taught French and English, and a French teacher was not easy to find in my geographic area, I stayed at the high school 23 years.

cybil eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my thirty-seven-year career, I've taught at three schools. The first two were big public high schools; for the past 29 years I've been at an independent boys school. Although I did my student teaching in a junior high school, I've taught grades 9, 10, and 12 in my career. Teaching all boys has been very rewarding; it certainly offers different challenges from those in teaching co-ed classes. Serving as department head for 15 years provided yet another challenge and set of experiences. I anticipate staying in my current school until I retire.

susan3smith eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have been teaching for 34 years, mostly in public schools.  The first year, I was a long-term sub in a Catholic high school in St. Louis.  After my husband and I moved to Georgia, I have taught in 4 public high schools, and two community colleges (night school.)  I have also taught summer school at a private high school for the last 5 years.  I have taught grade levels from 8-12, but I teach mostly 12th graders now.  Over the years, I have seen many changes in education.  But kids are kids wherever you are.

chimeric eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have taught in dozens of schools in my career. As an English as a second/foreign lanugage teacher, I first worked for large companies that might have several branches in each city. Since each branch has its own personality, I considered each of them as a separate school. Following those years, I began to travel around Europe and Asia Minor, working for a year or part of a year at each school before moving on to another country or another part of the same country where the culture was markedly dissimilar.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Twenty-eight years in 5 schools.  That covers public and private, very small  to medium-sized, brand new to well established, in two states.  I loved every place I've been except for one, and I only stayed there one year.  I chose to leave each place for a different reason, and I'm very thankful for all the students, families, and colleagues I was privileged to work with.  Just retired after eleven years in my last school; and, though I have no regrets, I already miss it.  Thanks for asking!

asorrell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've taught in four schools in 11 years and finally have found the perfect school.  I taught 8 years in Indiana public schools and therefore gave up my Indiana retirement, because I didn't have ten years.  I now teach in Ohio and although I gave up my Indiana retirement found that the Ohio benefits/retirement are so much better that it's been worth giving up the meager Indiana retirement I had accumulated.  Not to mention my current school is a much happier place to be. 

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've worked in two schools in my 10 years of teaching--one in South Korea and the American public high school where I currently teach. I teach in a non-union state, and I was fortunate enough to hire in during a good economy, and so at the time no teachers from my school were being excessed to other schools.  Now that we're facing severe budget cuts, we are excessing teachers, but that is based on seniority, and in my department, I've been there longer than most.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After a year of substitute teaching, I was hired at a rural Florida school, where I stayed for 10 years. I was then transferred (due to overstaffing) to another school within the county, staying there for nine years. Feeling the burnout that many teachers feel, I resigned and took a break from teaching for five years. I returned to teach at a private school, where disciplinary problems and bureaucratic paperwork--and the stress level--were greatly reduced.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I had job security since I was only one of 2 Social Studies teachers in our rather small high school.  I stayed there 4 years and then started teaching part-time for a local community college so I could stay home with my first child.

I kept teaching mostly high school students (Washington has a program where HS kids can take college classes for free) at the college level until the recent financial crisis killed the funding for my program...

MaudlinStreet eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I actually returned to the high school from which I graduated after college. I have been teaching 5 years, and have remained at the same school throughout. I know the community, and I've experienced much of what the students are now living through. I am currently working on my master's, with the hope of teaching community college. Teenagers and young adults work best for me....I would never have the patience for young children.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have worked in only 2 schools. I taught for two years (1983-85) at Mt. Juliet High School, the school from which I and and my sister graduated. Then I left teaching to work as a copy editor/production  editor at Abingdon Press. When I got laid off in 2003, I went back to teaching at Watertown High School, which is in the same district as Mt. Juliet, so I sort of went home. I've been there ever since--and love it!

martinjmurphy eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My first three years in teaching,Ii was laid off at the end of each year due to declining enrollment, but was called back each summer because the numbers were better.  The fourth year I was laid off and never called back. I spent a year subbing, then a year at another school, and was laid off when a veteran teacher returned.  Two schools later I got a permanent job and have been there 18 years.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After doing lots of different teaching jobs part-time, both formally and informally, I worked full time teaching adults which moved into Teacher Training. Now I work mainly at an International School abroad whilst doing other education work outside of that post. One of the things I love about teaching is the different contexts and challenges and joys that those contexts bring.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

3 schools in 6 years.

First was a residential wilderness camp for at-risk youth where I taught and counseled.

Then I was in a public school for 4 years.

This past year I worked in a private school.

My husband's job is taking us out of the immediate area at the end of the summer - so we'll see what's next.

lnorton eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've been teaching for nine years; for four of those, I was a graduate student (at our university, we were given our own comp classes, and didn't work with faculty). Since graduating, I've stayed on to work as a lecturer (mainly American and World Lit) -- and although it's enjoyable, I'd love to go tenure-track somewhere else.

timbrady eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've been teaching for 43 years (including 17 years of teaching/administration).  38 of these were in 4 high schools, the remaining 5 in College.  All these years have been in private religious schools.  Most of these were spent teaching English, but the last 9 were as a technology director in a high school.

engtchr5 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Four schools in seven years. Believe me, it made it quite difficult to track down signatures as part of National Board. But each one taught me something a little different -- and now that I've found the perfect school (yes, such a thing is possible), I think I'll stick around for a while.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Actually, only two.  I started in a mid-sized school, and when my permanent job came open, they cut it because of budget issues.  I was lucky enough to get hired in a small school for the following year, telling myself I would stay there only a couple of years.  That was 17 years ago.

grammargirlie2000 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have taught in 4 schools in 15 years.  The first two were in Arizona, and then I moved to California, and in 6 years, I have just left my second school.  My last school had 4 teachers who were "lifers"-- there for over 25 years each!

lwindham | Student

I have worked for pay in two different schools.  I student taught in a large public high school in GA.  I have taught at two private college preparatory schools. My first school was Pre-k - 12 and we had about 250 children in the Middle School where I taught and my school now is 6 - 12 and I teach about 90 children in the Middle School.  My school now is boarding and day.  I have been teaching 24 years and still love most every minute of it!

ccwales | Student

I have been teaching for 14 years. I have worked in 3 schools. My first year of teaching was a second-third grade multi-class. Talk about breaking a young teacher in, that was a challenge (they didn't teach that in college). I have also taught Kindergarten, 3rd and currently 5th grades. Each of the schools have all been very different.

manestein14 | Student

I have been a public school teacher for 22 yrs.  My first 2 years were at a very remote school which was/ is the best learning experience for me.  I have taught in two other schools, the longest serving one, is my own alma mater, which located in one of our towns in the country.

I have attended Teachers' College  5 yrs. after starting my teaching career and now I am a part-time student pursuing a Bed. degree from one of our regional and recognised university.

I teach mainly pupils in the 6th Grade and I love every bit of it ; inspite of the many challenges faced  in these times in the classroom and /or the society from which our children live.

writetime | Student

I've worked in two schools full-time, but as a substitute teacher, I've been fortunate to work in some 30 schools during the last five years.  Full-time, I've taught second-grade students, but I've had the pleasure of working with K-6th grade students teaching just about any subject an elementary school student learns from phys ed to science!

mrswatson678 | Student

I have worked in several different schools.  Besides working for city recreation programs, I have taught Public Speaking and Small Group Discussion for Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.  I moved to Northern California and have taught music in a Pre-school to 6th grade private school, drama in a public school Gates program, and 9th and 10 grade English and Public Speaking at a public high school. I currently teach junior high English at a private pre-K through 8th grade school.  I've been here for 12 years.  I have enjoyed teaching 2 year-olds through adults.  I continue to stay very busy and active with my junior high students.

pamtqm | Student

I am from Argentina and I work there. I have only worked for one year and I have worked in 15 different schools as a substitute teacher.

coloradogirl | Student

I worked as a student teacher for 8th grade and a student teacher/substitute/office aide for pre-k through 8th grade. I am currently working towards TESOL Certification and just finished my MFA in Creative Writing.

smsteska | Student

I taught French as a TA at Penn State for four semesters, part-time at a Community College, and English full-time in France before working in the non-profit and private sectors.  Then, I switched careers and taught two years in an urban county, took time off to have my kids, taught PT for two years at a private school, full-time for the next year, and then left because it was getting weird.  I am very excited to be starting a new position at a HS in a couple of weeks!

cb1989 | Student

I worked as an English teacher at Quick Learning, Mexico City. Started out as a teacher than was promoted to Quality Control Department.  Taught English as a foreign language for 13 years. Absolutely loved it.

jerkman | Student

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iteacher | Student
In how many schools have you worked?

My contract stated back in 1999 that I was entering a system with LOADS of veteran teachers (35 years teaching PLUS) and that the union had negotiated a system of seniority. Being at the bottom of the Totem Pol I had no choice but to sign. I have worked in 7 schools in 10 years. What is your experience?

This is my 23 year of teaching and have only taught at 2 schools.  It depends on the state you are teaching in and what are the districts policy or desires for their teachers.  Most teachers changes if they want to change or population needs change and with current economic conditions lay-offs.

windtwirler | Student

I have worked in 4 schools in 14 years.  My first teaching job was in a tiny little town that was 60 miles away.  The following year I got a position closer to home.  I stayed at hat campus for 3 years then requested a transfer.  I worked at the second campus for 7 years before requesting another campus where I taught for 3  more years.

rocasian | Student

I have been teaching in 3 schools in 3 years. it's really difficult to start all over and you have to discover new students and to addapt your teaching to them. I hope i will stay more time in my present school and I can have a continuity.

pison | Student

I've taught in 5 schools during my 22 years of teaching.  3 schools in New Jersey.  I started out teaching math in high school.  The first school I worked at I was layed off.  The second school in NJ  I was replacing someone on maternity.  I taught 8th & 9th grade math at this school.  Then I got a position at a middle school where I taught for 4 years until my husband was transferred to Florida.  In Florida, I taught 6 years at one middle school until I was transferred to another middle school.  I've been at my current school for 10 years so far.

keefeville | Student

I have taught in 2 schools in seven years, but due to budget cuts I find myself having to move to a new school this year. This was not a planned moved but as I had the least seniority for my grade level, I was forced to move. At least at the new school, I will  be teaching a grade level in which I am very familliar and this should help with the transition.

lswatts56 | Student

I have taught in 5 schools over 30 years and 3 states. 3 were private schools, 4th or 5th grade, one was charter school - 5th grade, and one college. I enjoy elementary school the most, the interaction with the students is great and I enjoy their excitement and energy levels. I am in the process of moving to a public school for the first time. It will be very interesting.

historyteacher | Student

I have worked in three different schools, HS, Middle School, and Alternative, in my five years of teaching. They have been in the same district however.

kelmay0100 | Student

I'm heading into my 9th year teaching and have taught in three different schools.  Two were urban schools and one suburban - two regular public and one charter.  I'm currently at a charter school and it's been a fantastic experience! 

science101 | Student
In how many schools have you worked?

My contract stated back in 1999 that I was entering a system with LOADS of veteran teachers (35 years teaching PLUS) and that the union had negotiated a system of seniority. Being at the bottom of the Totem Pol I had no choice but to sign. I have worked in 7 schools in 10 years. What is your experience?

I have taught at 2 schools 8 years at a charter school grades pre-K to 12 and for the last 3 a middle school grades 6-8.  Thus far the experiences have been great

lmmayo1 | Student

In my first year of teaching I was a long-term sub. The following year I was hired to a permanent position at our local high school. In total I am beginning my 4th year as a teacher, but only my 2nd year as a permanent employee.  Do I worry about my low status? Yes, but I try to count on the fact that I teach a core subject (English) and it weighs heavily in our state testing.

neziwengubelanga | Student

I have worked in two schools.The first one was Amabhele High School in Alice.That was in 1996.Because it was not a permanent post I went to Sakhisizwe Secondary in 1997 up to now.Ive been teaching English to grades 10 - 12 learners. My results range from 87 - 100% in all these schools.

gingthe08 | Student

I have been teaching high school learning support for 10 years in the same building/district.   This is where I began and I believe I will retire from here.  The district is great and I love working with my co-workers and administration.  There is not a day that goes by that the students don't put a smile on my face, even when the day seems to be neverending.

laurijustin | Student
In how many schools have you worked?

My contract stated back in 1999 that I was entering a system with LOADS of veteran teachers (35 years teaching PLUS) and that the union had negotiated a system of seniority. Being at the bottom of the Totem Pol I had no choice but to sign. I have worked in 7 schools in 10 years. What is your experience?

I have taught for 9 years in Davis School District. For 4 of those years I taught 4th graders. For the last 5 I have taught 2nd graders and have loved it.

imamta10 | Student

i worked in 4 collrges teaching HRM and still doing teaching. i got  my first job in a BBA COLLEGE Iworked there for only 1 year because i had an opportunity to work at  the college from where i did my management degree. it was a great working experience and i learnt a lot. my teachers had become my colleagues and in the beginning it seemed something different and pleasent. gradually i used to it

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