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Old 06-13-2010, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I am planning on moving to Tampa next year and will be getting my biology temporary certification in hopes of getting a teaching job, preferably in a low-income, inner city area. I have heard that teaching jobs in the area are hard to come by. However, considering that my certification is in a critical shortage area and I will only have a temporary certification at the time, how does that factor into the whole job search? When I look on Hillsborough Schools website, there are TONS of biology HS openings in schools on the low-income list (used for the federal loan forgiveness program). Now I know that transfers and such get first choice, but if there are that many openings, will it really be that hard? **Input from individuals in the HCPS system would be greatly appreciated, as would any other thoughts (other than telling me not to move to Tampa, cause that ain't gonna happen )
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I know several teachers in Pasco county and hillsborough county. When you get hired for a job, you don't get to pick and choose where you want to go. You go where they send you. May I suggest you also try charter schools. The pay is less (about $10k), but you may have a better chance. My kids recently went to Learning Gate Community School. It is an ecology based charter school. They run from pre-k to 8th grade. They are planning for a high school as well, but that will take a while before that comes true.

Unfortunately, you have to almost know someone at Learning Gate or be a relative of another teacher or staff to get a job there, but it may be worth a try.

There is also Terrace Community School. I don't know what their focus is, but it is middle school only. Has a very good reputation.
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Old 06-13-2010, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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The primary reason I am considering teaching is to get some of my federal student loans forgiven. If you teach math or science for 5 consecutive years in low income schools in the same district, then you can have up to $18,000 of federal student loans forgiven! Thats 1/3 of my entire student loan debt! If I am not able to do this, it is pretty unlikely that I will go into teaching. Not that its not something I wouldn't love, its just that I am not going to put all the work in to get certified and be stuck in that very limited pay scale that I have seen that teachers run on in HCPS
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:04 PM
 
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Although you never know what the job market is going to be like in another year, I'd imagine that you will probably be able to obtain a job if you're looking to teach math/science at a Title I or Renaissance School. Those are the schools where the openings are, pretty much on all levels.

I'd monitor the website closer to the start of the school year, as many positions are not actually filled until right before the year starts. So while there may be a lot of openings, many of those openings could already be unofficially filled.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Although you never know what the job market is going to be like in another year, I'd imagine that you will probably be able to obtain a job if you're looking to teach math/science at a Title I or Renaissance School. Those are the schools where the openings are, pretty much on all levels.
That makes me feel much better. I was getting worried for a minute. I had to look up Title I and Renaissance though I know the market will likely change. I just tend to over-prepare/over-research for big decisions like this. Plus it seems like its been YEARS that they can't find or keep HS science/math teachers. I'm almost positive that trend will continue for awhile
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Does it have to be Hillsborough County? While Pinellas County is mostly suburban, St. Pete is one of the state's largest cities and, as a result, has some schools with inner-city problems. Check out some of the schools in the Midtown and South St. Pete areas.
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Old 06-14-2010, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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It really doesn't have to be Hillsborough. I was looking into Pinellas, but their website didn't have any biology HS listings currently (while Hillsborough had 10). That was the main reason I was focusing on HCPS. But I will likely apply to both (as long as you don't need to reside in the district you teach). I am actually considering living in St. Pete, at least when I first get to the area, since it seems the places closer to downtown are cheaper than Tampa close to downtown (probably worse too, but oh well)
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:21 AM
 
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These kids will have attitudes. Be ready & be tough!
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Old 06-16-2010, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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God bless you for being a teacher - props and respect to you. It's not something that I could ever do - good luck to you. Teachers, police officers, EMTs - all noble professions that never get enough pay for what they do.
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