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Old 09-23-2018, 12:10 PM
 
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I am licensed to teach high school math and physics with 10 years of experience. I worked for the Philadelphia School District, but I had to quit with less than 60 days notice when my wife got a job out of state and also got pregnant (she had just graduated and there was a hiring freeze at PSD at the time). It happened over the summer, so I did not leave a class hanging without a teacher, but PSD will not rehire be due to less than 60 days notice.


I grew up in Philly and my family is still there. Now that I have kids, I am desperate to return, but I feel it is nearly impossible because PSD is the only large district. My wife is also a teacher - elementary and middle school math, with 6 years experience.



Does anyone have any ideas about where we can look for jobs? My wife can work for PSD, but we want to live in an area with better schools for our kids. I would also need teaching job. Are there any charters that treat their teachers well? I am looking at 20 more years in education (at least) before I retire. Of the numerous tiny districts out there, are there any where you don't have to sub year after year waiting for your chance to be hired?
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:53 AM
 
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If you'd like to continue teaching in the city, Mastery Charter will always hire an experienced math/science teacher as they're usually in short supply. My wife commuted to their campuses from Havertown, where our kids attended school in the Haverford Township School District.
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:23 PM
 
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Thank you for the reply. Did your wife like teaching there? Do they treat their teachers well?
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:37 PM
 
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In the mean time, maybe you can get back into the Philly district by subbing short term and trying to make good relations with the admin at a school. That can help.

You can also consider cyber school, although that is tough to get in as the school year has started. Sub in various areas inside and outside the school district. That is your best bet, or maybe get another certification first to make yourself more marketable if you can.

Mastery is a good system for students. I feel like Mastery treats their teachers okay overall, but they work you to death like most charters. It depends on the school more than the organization. I don't know how Gratz is now, but I would personally avoid that one unless you have nothing else.
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Old 09-25-2018, 06:54 AM
 
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Yeah, if I were you and I wanted to live right in Philly, I'd look at charter schools. I work for a charter. The starting pay is great, but they are kind of rough to work for long-term. Work life balance is challenging and long term benefits pale in comparison to district schools. Because their teacher retention is so poor, they are generally for teachers. Given you are a math and physics teacher with experience, you should easily find work there.


I'd also consider looking at the districts right along the mainline, where you can easily choose train for your commute. As far as I am informed, the pay is great and teacher satisfaction is high. I'm sure jobs there are competitive, but as long as your references check, you will be a desirable candidate.


Good luck!
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Old 09-25-2018, 07:32 AM
 
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Thank you for the reply. Did your wife like teaching there? Do they treat their teachers well?
Yes, but she is a workaholic and as others have noted, Mastery will definitely put you to work.
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