Not all schools are made the same. Take it from an experienced teacher.
Things to look out for:
- If the school is 3A or smaller, you will probably be asked to wear a lot of hats, especially if it’s 1A. It’s not their fault, they don’t have as many resources as bigger schools.
- If the school is a Title 1 school, meaning most of the students live below the poverty level, it may be a rough school year. This is not true for a lot of Title 1 schools, but something to think about.
- Be weary if there are a lot of positions open in that specific department or school. There is a reason why a lot of teachers are jumping ship.
Questions to ask in the interview:
- Why is this current position open?
- How long was that teacher here for?
- What were some of the duties required of that teacher outside of teaching?
- Can I sit in on a class period with some of my future students?
***Do not start off with these questions. These should be saved for towards the end of the interview.***
The best thing to do is ask a teacher that works within that school/district or area. Experienced teachers know what districts are the most coveted.
If you’re a new teacher, or newish, don’t sell yourself short. You can work in the best school districts, even on a probationary certificate. If you are Tech Apps 242 certified, you are the belle of the ball(I know directors and principals that would do anything for you to work at their school.), you can choose wherever you want to work at, definitely don’t sell yourself short.
I hope this helps you if you’re looking to apply somewhere. Also, please comment if you have any questions.