long island teaching jobs and nepotism
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Bellmore, NY

#104 May 31, 2012
I was a teaching assistant in a long island school while getting my masters degree. The nepotism there sickened me. I'm educated, taught before and was certified. People were hired because they were the relatives of teachers, superintendents, even cafeteria workers. And they got the same pay as I did. I'm not attempting to apply there.
Kurt Weil

Commack, NY

#105 Jun 3, 2012
Teaching positions? Not to be disapointing but you can't even work as a sub in Suffolk anymore!
I have been a substitute teacher with a BA and a provisional certification for 8 years working towards my masters and permanent certification on Long Island NY. I recently got notes from 3 local school districts I have worked regularly nixing my eligibility to sub because I did not get my permanent certification yet. I fulfill all requirements for a permanent certification except a masters degree. I started paying graduate courses out of my own pocket (1000,- per 3 credits) because the job situation here is grim. The masters I would need to be 'reinstated' for subbing is about 30000,-! To take out a loan with todays job expectations is out of the question. I pleaded with the Dept. of Education for an extension so I can continue to sub and pay for my masters and permanent certification. No help there! I guess my calling to be a teacher has ended.
Fed Up

New York, NY

#106 Jul 5, 2012
I work in a Long Island school district and I am telling you, the nepotism is sickening. It's in most if not all the districts from what I hear from other teaching candidates. I cannot tell you how many teaching positions are filled by the principals friends, nieces, even sisters with the same last name! If you are a secretaries relative, right down to the cafeteria staff, you will lose out to the friend/relative.(No matter how well you did in school or how well you scored on your teaching exams).Doesn't matter. Nepotism reigns on Long Island!

Farmingdale, NY

#107 Sep 10, 2012
It's interesting to read these comments as I've been saying it seems impossible to get a school district to hire me on LI. My big mistake is that I didn't move into the NYC when I was teacher out there. After my maternity leave, I foolishly thought I could work out here. LI is a dream killer. It will waste the talent/education of smart people.

Stony Brook, NY

#110 Feb 11, 2014
I have read all your posts and feel so sad. You all have invested a lot of time and money in your education. My daughter is a junior in
college. I am dying to get out of NY, too expensive for me as a single parent. If she gets her Masters in Florida do you think she may have a better chance getting a job? She will graduate next year, k-6, and special ed.
liz rose

Long Beach, NY

#111 Feb 1, 2015
Agree with what many of you have written here. I too returned to work after a childcare leave, switched to schools on Long Island (had taught at Lincoln HS in Brooklyn before leave), where I filled Leave replacement positions for a number of years. When it came time to go up for a probationary position, however, the younger, less credentialed and experienced male teacher got the job the first time, and the younger, less experienced female teacher got the job the second time. I also think Common Core gives administrators an excuse to get rid of more mature teachers. They want them young, malleable, and as inexpensive as possible.

Bayport, NY

#112 Aug 27, 2015
To answer many of these comments.......someone is writing a better rusume tha you are, that's it. We have had leave replacements an d permanent subs in our building that look good on paper and they are nightmares in the classroom. If you're not getting called there is obviously something you don't see on your resume or in your interview that people turn away from. The only areas that need teachers are Chemistry and Physics. Fulfill your dreams somewhere else. Sorry to bring the news, you may want to teach but it's not going to happen, reality check. I wanted to be an actress but had to take teaching instead.

Valley Stream, NY

#113 Apr 16, 2016
Just a heads up to anyone still pursuing teaching, NYC has multiple
Openings as well as Long Island... Lots of retirements (a lot to do the teacher evaluation system and the bitter fighting between teachers and administrators). I have been teaching 5 years in the city now and have 5 years worth of leave replacements on Long Island... I'm trying to make the move into Long Island... If it doesn't happen this time... I'm probably going to leave the profession. Although I learned a lot from teaching in brooklyn (east New York and Bensonhurst) I can't see myself staying in NYC schools for another 22 years

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