Have you ever worked somewhere were you just felt alienated to the point that you would ask yourself everyday, “Why am I here?”
I transitioned from short-term sub to Long Term Substitute at the start of this current school year. I will be here until the school year is complete and then move on. I would consider staying on but the concept of “Self-Contained Learning” is changing next year and they eliminated my position. At least that is my best guess why the position was eliminated.
Back to the point of this post.
I DON’T BELONG HERE!
I am not certified. It’s that simple. Unless you are certified you are not able to be paid the same as a certified teacher, even if you are doing exactly the same thing. I am doing what a certified teacher would be doing in my position. I am working full-time for the same period of time. I am responsible for writing lesson plans.
So, you may ask, what is the problem?
- As a Long Term Substitute I get paid day to day, not based on a full time job. This means I don’t get paid for holidays longer than 1 day.
- Although I am full-time I am not considered a “Permanent” employee so I do not get retirement benefits or extra paychecks from the School Levy. This particular point really ticks me off since I live in the county and pay a large bill every year towards a levy they don’t let me share. I have voiced concern over this but it goes unnoticed because, well, I am not part of their “IN-GROUP”.
- I still have to participate in all the same training and meetings outside of teaching even though it means nothing to me as a LTS.
Certification – I was actually prepared to become certified if it meant I could continue in my position while going through the Alternative Certification Program. With “budget cuts, and the possible reorganization of RESA-8, this program has been stopped and any possibility of me going through an Alternative Certification program is DEAD. You may ask why I don’t go back to school? If you know me then you know I cannot NOT pay my mortgage, or raise my kids and go to school at the same time.
Kind of like the Old Brotherhood of Japan, Mafia of Italy, Mob of Russia and other tight closed groups, Public Education protects itself from the outside world. if you are not certified DON’T approach. Keep your distance.
It’s pretty ironic since they do need the support of the business community. They need business people to come out of retirement and become teachers but they are only willing to take us on as short and long term substitutes. They are so HIGH AND MIGHTY with their “Certificates” that the rest of us are lowly in comparison. You can have a Masters or PhD in something, but if it is not in Education, FORGET IT!