I recognize that I have a very short attention span and you guys are always hearing about my latest and greatest life plan. Usually I jump around a lot until I’m right down to the wire and then settle on one course of action and with this brand spanking new degree my courses are pretty wide open.
So here’s the latest: teach NOLA. Everyone out there remembers Katrina, some of you were even in it or knew people that were. A lot of damage was done, people were displaced, whole neighborhoods were knocked down and over the last few years people have been trying to put their lives back together. Part of those lives involve schooling.
The New Orleans school system (LA in general, really) was never good. That’s an understatement. Since 1992 (probably much earlier) Louisiana has tested significantly lower than the national average in reading, writing, math and science. Since Katrina things have only gotten worse and students have been slow to get back to school. Some families were relocated to other states; some kids were left with no home, broken families, desperate neighborhoods. As of now only 60%of students have returned to New Orleans schools, up from 47% on 2007. One good thing that Katrina did was draw attention to the state of New Orleans schools and give them a reason to clean up their act. The city of New Orleans has a program they're calling teachNOLA fellowships, where people can apply to be teachers in high need schools.
- You must be able to pass a background investigation
- You must possess a bachelor’s degree by June 1, 2012 from a U.S. institution
- You must possess an undergraduate GPA at or above an absolute minimum of 2.5
- You must possess an undergraduate GPA calculated on a 4.0 scale
- You must not have (or be earning) a BA or MA in Education
- You must not have (or be earning) teaching certification in any state
- You must not be enrolled in or have completed another alternative route certification program
- You must not currently work as a teacher in a New Orleans public school (Recovery School District, charter or New Orleans Public Schools)
See that? I qualify for all of that. There are health benefits and the salary is pretty good too.
Things I Need To Consider:
- If my application is accepted I have to go have an interview in New Orleans within two weeks
- I think they are trying to encourage locals and I understand that they want to meet potentials in person, but come on people!
- Salary versus cost of living
- Potential Salary: $40k/year
- Average rent: $400-$600/month = $4,800-$7,200/year
- Living in general
- How do you think a southern school district will feel about one of there teachers living in a van? hmm...
- There is a $30 Application Fee
- It's like a college application! I can request a waiver so not too much of an expense.
- The application deadline is January 23rd.
- Not much time to dilly dally!
So this is what's going through my head:
- I can use my degree, which is centered around high needs education
- Working there will get me a teaching licence which I can then use to teach in most other states
- In order to teach in another state I need to take some tests and do in classroom training
- Summers would also give me a chance to do some research, travel, or write
Come on ladies and gents: I need my global peanut gallery for this one. What do you think of my plan?