Saturday, November 3, 2007

To be or not to be...

I have been trying to decide about entering the Education field for years now. I am one of those people that have to ponder things for a long time, but this is going on years.
I have taken the first part of the teacher's certification exam, and because Math teachers are in such demand, even though I do not have an Education degree, I can take the 2nd exam and eventually become a teacher (there are a few dues to pay first ;) I had a little interruption in my plans 3 years ago when I became pregnant. But, now I am, again, thinking about the leap.
But, I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. It is a huge salary cut to become a teacher. Also, we have insurance through my company which is much cheaper than with hubby's. I have a pretty flexible part-time schedule where I am now, but I am so disenchanted with the corporate world. I have been in the same industry for over 20 years! And, I really have a heart for kids who are struggling in Math.
I talked to a substitute teacher today at a kid's birthday party (of all places!). She substitutes for my daughter's class sometimes. She talked to me about becoming what is called a "supply" teacher first which is what she does now. This is substituting for long periods of time for teachers who are on short or long term disability. You must have a degree which you do not have to have to be a substitute.
I keep trying to figure out how to do it. I have prayed about it for years. I do feel encouraged, and maybe I just need to jump. But, at this point, I think it would be easier if I were pushed!

5 comments:

Marni said...

I'm pushing...

go for it. If it is on your heart to do it, then I say do it!

Plus, J-man needs help in math. I'm kinda selfish. :)

coffeypot said...

Money is nice.

Benefits are nice.

But your dreams are more important. Do what makes you happy. The money think will adjust out and you will be okay.

Canadian flake said...

hi there...hope you don't mind me stopping in. I came here from marni's blog. Told her awhile back that I would stop in then life threw me a small curve. I will pop in again if that is ok.

As far as the teacher decision..trust me, as a mom of 2 kids with learning disabilities, the world needs more caring teachers...we surely don't have enough...so consider this a nudge from someone you just met..lol.

Canadian flake said...

ok please forgive me...I AM a moron..as I am enjoying myself reading through your past posts I start to get a familar feeling and realize that I have been here before and already introduced myself...

did I mention I am a moron?

Is it still ok if I come back to visit again?? Have I made you think I am a loser that needs stronger drugs?? lmao.

whatevergirl said...

Canadian flake--I truly appreciate you stopping by and post as many times as you like!!! If I had a dime for everytime I forgot someone/something I would be a MILLIONAIRE!!!!
Thanks for the encouraging words...I think I have made my decision. It is just a matter of when....