When A Teacher Has No Hope For A Job...What does that teacher do? I graduated in 2010, with my bachelors in elementary education, and got my license about a month after that. A year later, I received my license in a neighboring state (moving in hopes of finding work because there were no jobs available for fresh-out-of-college teachers in my area). So far, to date....I've had emails from 45 school systems in two states, saying the same thing: "Thank you for your consideration in the available position. We have filled the opening." Or something along those lines. All I see is "We don't want you." I taught home school for 4 years, worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, and interned for a year in a public school so that I could graduate. I did everything right. I even scored so high on my PRAXIS that I received state level commendations. Some of my curricula was published thru the university. I've spoken on behalf of state representatives. Yet, when it comes time to apply, I am beaten to the punch by a person 20 years younger than me, with no experience in the classroom. The only place I can find work is in fast food! I'm a bachelor holding, licensed educator who takes orders and makes french fries. Wow, what a future!!!!
I am through asking "Why?" I know why. I accept it. I'm old. Even though it is illegal to not hire someone on the basis of age, it still goes on everywhere. I'm not stupid. I here by give up. Throwing the towel, because only an insane person would try to keep trying, only to receive more "We don't want you" responses.
Good luck and blessings to anyone trying to make it in this world. I hope for your sake you are young, beautiful, and that you know people who can help you get a foot in the door. I'm moving on.