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Old 07-24-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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My daughter just graduated from college with an elementary education degree, and received her state certification in May. She has been applying with all the school districts in Austin and surrounding areas since June. She has yet to get a single interview with anyone. She has called, faxed, and hand carried her resume to myriad schools, and can't get past the secretaries. She even rented an apartment so that she could provide an Austin address. What does she need to do to get her foot in the door? It's getting late to be hired as a teacher.
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Old 07-24-2008, 04:44 PM
 
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Where is she from/where did she graduate from? Austin is VERY competitive and the schoold districts here hire tons of UT, Texas State, and St.Edwards graduates. The rest of the positions are left for "out of towners" to fight for, as it should be. Everyone thinks Austin is full of jobs and all you have to do is show up and you'll have a job. Well, you and your daughter are proof that it's just not the case. I wish every employer in Austin would hire locals first, and then fill their positions with out of towners. There's no reason that locals who've lived here and paid taxes here should be fighting with people from out of town/state for the jobs that are available. Sorry, that's just my opinion, hope your daughter finds a job.
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Old 07-24-2008, 05:23 PM
 
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Don't let attitudes like the previous poster discourage you. I am an "out of towner" (didn't go to college or grad school in Texas, my work experience in education is mostly out of state) who received several calls for interviews starting in April, and was extended job offers for all but 1 of the positions I interviewed for. Fortunately many of those in education do not have the "people who pay taxes here longer are entitled to jobs" attitude.

Has your daughter applied to some of the less competitive districts like Hutto or Manor? Has she followed up with Austin ISD principals? Another idea is to make sure she is signed up to sub - I know it's not ideal, but I subbed for a short period this winter, and there were enough postings to work every day if I wanted.

Good luck to your daughter, and don't get discouraged!
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:25 PM
 
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My daughter just graduated from college with an elementary education degree, and received her state certification in May. She has been applying with all the school districts in Austin and surrounding areas since June. She has yet to get a single interview with anyone. She has called, faxed, and hand carried her resume to myriad schools, and can't get past the secretaries. She even rented an apartment so that she could provide an Austin address. What does she need to do to get her foot in the door? It's getting late to be hired as a teacher.
Has she tried websites? Maybe these will help:
Teaching and other Education Jobs from EAN : Texas
Teaching jobs in Texas (http://www.tcta.org/misc/jobs.htm - broken link)
Texas Teaching Jobs - Where Texas School Teachers & Administrators Find Jobs - TXREAP

Sorry if she has already tried these. I'm not a teacher and wish I could offer more help. Good luck and ignore the above poster the best canidate should get the job then maybe our school systems would be in better shape!
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:38 PM
 
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My husband is a teacher - just completed his first year last May and we were in the exact same boat last year - biting our nails all summer long that he wouldn't be able to find a job in the area.

Here's the advice he received from a mentor: all the good teaching jobs open up at the end of the summer, so just be patient and be prepared to act fast. All teachers have an "opt out" clause in their contracts, but the deadline is (I think) 45 days before the first day of school - which should be right about now. Once that 45 day deadline has passed - there is usually a mad scramble to fill all the positions that were just vacated by teachers "opting out" before the deadline or teachers who struggled with the decision to retire and didn't make up their minds until late summer.

My husband also practically ticker-taped the streets with his resume and went on numerous interviews without so much as a call back. He finally got a job by word-of-mouth and walking into a school that he "heard" was hiring even though it had not been officially posted on the website. He was hired about 2 weeks before the school year started - in August.

Another word of advice - tell her to try to get a job in Round Rock ISD or Leander - Austin ISD has a bad reputation of treating their employees poorly. She may have to accept a job in AISD her first year, but then transfer out next year.

Also - if she's willing to have a bit of a commute - Georgetown ISD is good and some of the southern communities - north of San Antonio - like New Braunfels.

Hope that helps!
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:36 PM
 
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There are several teaching positions posted on the LISD website.

www.leanderisd.org

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Old 07-26-2008, 12:14 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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There is also an extensive online career center at the Texas Association of School Administrators website:

http://www.tasanet.org/applications/CareerCenter/ (broken link)

Good luck!

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