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Old 07-21-2009, 10:23 AM
 
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So I've been living here in SF for about 5 years. I went to school for Interior Design and just don't see myself getting into it. I love it but I feel like I have forgotten so much so I'm thinking of going back to my master's. I really have been thinking about Teaching because I love kids honestly my only hesitation is one will I make a decent income (only making 35K now with sales is tough) and also I would like to hear from other teachers about how it is in the city.

I know the reason why I hesitate is because I feel this is a job where you really have to put your full self in you can't just put in small effort like most jobs. I'm honestly scared of the commitment because deep down I've always wanted to have my own business and travel. This is why it would be great to be a teacher with the traveling part but most likely not easy to start a business.

So I wanted to check with other's about the financial part I really want to make an average living as I'm tired of scraping by doing something I don't care about for little. How are the schools here do you actually feel like your making a difference? I didn't grow up here so I'm not very familiar with how the schools are I assume 3rd or 4th grade should be okay and anyone know how it will be in next two years by the time I get out of school?
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:33 PM
 
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Can it be rewarding? Yes. Is it even remotely financially ideal? Hell no.....
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Get you PHD and become a college professor otherwise you will struggle.
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:09 PM
 
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Agree with City Boy:

The only profession funded less than public education is...what Medi-Cal ?

To the best of my knowledge - the State of Connecticut pays teachers what they are worth.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:42 PM
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You should Google search teacher blogs to see all the negatives of teaching. Type in things like "I hate teaching" “I want to quit teaching" "the pros and cons of teaching" and you will see that just liking kids and wanting a steady paycheck is NOT enough to keep people in the daunting profession of teaching. Any public service type job is very stressful having to deal with the public and getting blamed for all of societies pit falls. Teachers are being laid off by the handfuls and the ones still with a job are getting their income cut back. Every few years you are fighting for you job and arguing wages and combating cut backs. It's very stressful in that respect aside from all the other stresses of the actual job. I would steer all away from the teaching profession that aren't martyr types. It's like saying to someone you should be a librarian because you like books, oh you should be a teacher because you like kids it does not really connect that much to the actual job.
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:22 AM
 
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:58 PM
 
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Get you PHD and become a college professor otherwise you will struggle.
This is no guarantee either, unless you go to a top 15 or so grad program in your field and continually publish good work. Even then, it is going to be hard to get placement in a city you want to be in. I.E. in the bay area there are phd's from Berkeley, Stanford, Michigan etc. teaching at community colleges. My gf is taking 3 classes and that is where they had their degrees from. While she is probably going to have a nice professor, kind of troubling for the professors and you have to think about their probable debt loads. I know other major cities also have extreme competition and a lot of overqualified people teaching lackluster jobs. This is one of the things that discouraged me from ever wanting to do it, as I place my lifestyle, location and happiness above possibly helping out some people by teaching.
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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This is no guarantee either, unless you go to a top 15 or so grad program in your field and continually publish good work. Even then, it is going to be hard to get placement in a city you want to be in. I.E. in the bay area there are phd's from Berkeley, Stanford, Michigan etc. teaching at community colleges. My gf is taking 3 classes and that is where they had their degrees from. While she is probably going to have a nice professor, kind of troubling for the professors and you have to think about their probable debt loads. I know other major cities also have extreme competition and a lot of overqualified people teaching lackluster jobs. This is one of the things that discouraged me from ever wanting to do it, as I place my lifestyle, location and happiness above possibly helping out some people by teaching.
The PhD's teaching at community colleges do that part time. I'm willing to bet they also work at 4 year colleges also. I also had some Berkeley educated and teaching professors that taught at the JC I transferred from.
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:01 PM
 
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Well I'm going to listen in at USF tonight about this program I'm not jumping into anything for sure as I have always been more interested in creative field I think the economy is making me want to find something else that I can do that I would enjoy. I will definately think about it would be nice to hear from someone who teaches in the city. Iguess my fear would be that if I did it I would end up having to teach outside the city to even be able to be stable, I am good with kids but I know what you guys are saying, I feel if I was really into this with all my heart I guess I wouldn't be questioning it I tend to jump into things when I'm ready so if it's really expected to still be bad field financially inthe next few years then I may look into something else that fits more of my creative side. We'll see.
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:44 PM
 
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I teach in Texas. I am very comfortable with what I make as a teacher, but it really depends on the district you work in. I'm going on my 4th year. I enjoy it more than a lot of my friends and co-workers, plus all the time off is great. I only work about 180 days a year. If I needed to I could work during the time off, but I don't need to. I have 2 small children at home. It's ideal for me.
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