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Or even being elected for a Board Position (though not so sure how that would pay)
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 Consider looking at the teacher training programs at your local university you may qualify as adjunct instructor-or even online. Your on-the-ground experience would be valuable. I worked 13 years as a special education teacher. Then I discovered Ireally enjoyed teaching online. Later I moved on to working at the university where I received my doctorate. Later I moved on to become the director of a project in the Ed Department: The GWU HEATH Resource Center for the Transisition of Students with Disabilities an online clearinghouse for students with disabilities, parents and college staff.

 

You might want to explore how you too can become an independent specialist. Determine what your speciality in elementary insturction is- program/curriculum development, behavior management, teacher/peer collaboration, other. Given my interest in disability issues, I also worked as an independant education consultant, in the area of disability rights and education (internationally because I moved to Chile- working there and virtual via email/skype).

 

Have you published any articles? Can you take a sabaticle?

Now may be the time to do so -unfortunatelythough- it may be difficult without the support of your district. Think of publishing in journals, local education resources and magazines.

 

 

If you happen to have a second home, or would like to convert part or all of your home as a short term rental, that may be a viable post-teacher option too. During the period I lived in Chile we purchased a summer home in Sonoma County on the oceanfront in The Sea Ranch, CA. My training and previous experience using the internet allowed me to move from education to successfully marketing of my home as a dog-friendly vacation rental. This made perfect sense given the skills I had from being a director for the online clearance center and teaching children computer skills. 

 

Wish you well whatever your new endeavor.

 

 

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I know a lot of teachers who go into curriculum development, too. Or consulting for private schools.

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Have you looked at professional, policy, or managerial staff positions with the board of education?

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My name is Penny.  After working in elementary education for 20 years; 13 of which as a classroom teacher and 7 as a substitute, I am giving some focused thought on changing things employment wise.  I found out recently that the district for whom I have been substituting is going to be outsourcing their substitute pool moving it from in-house to using an agency which will ask me to pay for a background check which I had done last year due to the renewal of my certification.  I know this request for a fact because I had dealings with this same agency last year through a different school district.  I have been thinking about changing things for a while due to the student behavior getting more and more difficult / challenging with which to cope at a younger grade / age levels and the expectations of substitute teachers is increasing.

 

I have a Masters' degree albeit in Elementary Education and, as I mentioned above, 20 years’ experience in education which should be worth something.  I live in Arizona which is employer friendly, not so much employee; the rate of pay, even professionally, is much lower than other regions of the country.  So, I have a dilemma in both finding financially suitable employment AND a job in which I am suited to do.  

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