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YesIsaidYesIwillYes
September 16th, 2004, 12:35 AM
The NYC Teaching fellow program has piqued my interest. If you get accepted (all you need is a Bachelor's degree in something - but NOT education), you undergo rigorous training in about 2 months, and shortly thereafter they will find you a full time job with all the attractive benefits that entails. Everyone starts at $39,000, which to me, seems pretty good. They also subsidize a Master's program which would then lead to a significant pay raise.

So fill me in.

Can a NYC public teacher atleast live comfortably in Queens? Teaching seems to be a very attractive profession here in the midwest, but I don't hear much about it in NY.

Rough life or what? I'm interested.

Thanks.

Schadenfrau
September 16th, 2004, 11:43 AM
I have quite a few friends who work as NYC public school teachers. It's certainly not a bad life, and I think you'd be fine in Queens, though you might want to look for a share.

Gulcrapek
September 16th, 2004, 05:58 PM
Both of my parents are teachers, the father has been for nearly 34 years.

The experience will vary widely depending on what school you're put in. Some get lucky, some don't. Most new teachers here don't last for more than 2 years. But I don't know about the general school situation in Queens. The city is desperate for teachers, that's for sure; they've been importing people from Europe and the Caribbean due to a lack of workforce here. My government teacher is British, for example, my former chemistry teacher is Austrian, and a physics teacher went back to Barbados this year.

You'd also be working without a contract. That'll blow up some time soon. You might end up wanting to work in Long Island or Jersey, where pay is significantly higher. At least three teachers from my school have done so.

But don't let me discourage you ;).

NewYorkYankee
September 16th, 2004, 08:03 PM
Gul, are you a senior? Where do you plan to go to college?

Gulcrapek
September 16th, 2004, 08:36 PM
Yeah, I still have 9 schools on my list, sort of leaning for Washington University in St. Louis now.

RS085
September 17th, 2004, 01:29 AM
I also want to teach in New York City. Im 19, and im schooling at Western Michigan University. Its a pretty good history/education program here, although most of my friends are at SUNY Brockport, up between Buffalo and Rochester. Im from Utica, about 40 miles east of Syracuse. I want to know if I would make it teaching with a masters in The City.

NewYorkYankee
September 17th, 2004, 07:19 AM
Yeah, I still have 9 schools on my list, sort of leaning for Washington University in St. Louis now.

O wow, I was for sure you'd stay in NY!

ManhattanKnight
September 17th, 2004, 11:43 AM
Yeah, I still have 9 schools on my list, sort of leaning for Washington University in St. Louis now.

When I was your age, Gul, living in a house next door to the Washington U. campus, after a major family fight, I succeeded in NOT enrolling there.