From your post it sounds like you have been let go at two jobs
before the third year for qualifying for tenure approaches.
While that is hard to take, it is happening a lot today so
don't treat it as being fired in how you approach interviewing.
Neither should you refer to "local politics." Better to just
keep a frame of mind of still a very tight economy.
Assuming that you have coaches at the high school level, which
is a competitive venue, can you expand your job search down to
the middle school level of school districts which have active
team sports? Additionally, have you considered looking in
other areas which are within commuting distance or to parochial
and private schools in your area.
If there is anyone you know a bit older who has both the
teaching and coaching background, perhaps they could "coach"
you on how to more strongly present the benefits of hiring one
who can "teach and mentor" students which is so needed in
today's world. If your coaching responsibilities has perhaps
impacted your performance in the classroom as a teacher in any
way, perhaps it is time to look for strictly a teaching job. I
am not sure how you would transition, but somehow say the
coaching was fine, but not something you want to pursue in
future (at least within a school division setting).
My only other thought is to look at the least desirable school
districts or level or area of instruction in which you are
certified in applying for a position. Also, you might just
have to be willing to be a sub to get in the door - but
indicate your ability to be a long-term one. Again not sure
when this comes up - in an interview or just looking for a sub
job in a good locality to get in the system.
On 8/07/13, Coach wrote:
> I am currently looking for a job. I recently finished up
> another 2 year stint in New Mexico. The state does not
> protect teachers at all and some (not all) administrators
> run rampant with this; as in take advantage of their
> authority over teachers.
> Anyway, I am having a hard time getting a job. I have
> interviewed well at several places, but nothing. In some
> cases it is because they can only offer me a coaching job.
> I believe that my qualifications are a hinderance (2
> masters degrees) and while I have experience. It is still
> on the underside of 10 years teaching and 5 years coaching.
> I have had success in both areas, not anything major like
> state recognition and titles, but success all the same.
> I am no longer employed due more to deep seated politics
> than my actual performance.
> How can I overcome?
> Thanks for your suggestions, Coach
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