Last September, my family and I moved to Illinois. Since then, I have received my IL teaching certificate(s). I am approved to teach K-6 (self-contained classroom), middle school language arts and social studies, as well as reading. Additionally, I am a Reading Specialist and have three years of successful teaching working as a middle school language arts teacher. Sounds like I'm set, right? I'm ready to go out there and find a great teaching job? Well, that's what I thought at first, but lately, I have been hearing a lot of negative feedback from well-meaning 'friends' such as:
*You'll have to get a job far away because you will never break into the districts here. (Here being the Northshore of Chicago where I recently moved to!)
*Maybe you can spend next year working as a teacher's aide!
*You should try subbing on a day-to-day basis! (Not possible with no permanent child care at this time.)
These are only a few of the negative statements that I have heard. There are more, but I think you can get the general message here. The vibes are bad and weighing me down.
Please girls, I really would love to hear some positive statements today. I have gone through a lot just to move here and I really need a full-time teaching job that pays well to support my two children. Going back to work is not an option for me at this time.