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Posted on April 4, By Jenni Fogg. The challenges.
You may interview -- if your gets a response -- with an administrator the age of your children in a district that economizes by pushing teachers your age into early retirement and replacing them with recent graduates. Investigate the field or school districts by substituting or working as a teacher aide.
As you get a feel for how you can handle a room full of kids and develop immunity to the local bugs going around, administrators see how well you work with different subjects and age groups as well as their buildings' staffs. Serving in these temporary or paraprofessional positions allows you to see how teaching fits you before you have to commit to a contract.
This may be as simple as going back to pick up a course in conflict resolution at a local community college, a post-graduate teaching certification program or even an advanced degree in a second field of study.
Check online job services like Workforce 50 that cater to middle-aged job seekers and list teaching jobs. Districts that list with age-specific job services are looking for candidates with life -- or teaching -- experience, not weeding them out of the pile.
Refine your and energize your interview. Focus on your skills and experience in educating; leading seminars, mentoring new hires, training others for management positions.
Focus on how you will complement local needs rather than on your accomplishments when you meet that young administrator. Keep looking. Teachers are also in demand in other countries where public education is expanding or existing teachers are retiring at a greater rate than universities are producing teachers.
An avid perennial gardener and old house owner, Laura Reynolds has had careers in teaching and juvenile justice. A retired municipal judgem Reynolds holds a degree in communications from Northern Illinois University.
Her six children and stepchildren served as subjects of editorials during her tenure as a local newspaper editor. By Laura Reynolds.
Don't limit your search to traditional public schools. Private schools, although they may not pay as well, may have openings, or a charter school may be a good fit for you. Related Articles.