The first day back to school each year is an annoyingly agonizing but incredibly exciting experience for a lot of students. As someone who’s gone on to join school staff, I can say that’s still true for me.
Going back to school in 2020 was way different than anything anyone is used to. The start of the school year 2021 was nothing anyone expected…
In 2020, I didn’t go back to work at all. Job loss of educational support staff cut deep in New Jersey & I wasn’t able to recover comprable work until this summer.
In the meantime, I took the praxis & enrolled in NJ’s alternate route teaching certification program at Montclair State University. I am fortunate enough to already have a B.A., affording me this position for fast track licensure.
Extra funding from the CARES Act allowed a nearby district to hold a brief summer camp program, which not only allowed me to get back to work, but also to complete the required pre-service course.
However in order to complete the regular coursework, I needed a full-time job in an early childhood classroom & that was proving more hard to find.
After signing an incredibly lacking contract, I left a job in less than two weeks – something I’ve never done before. But getting paid $15.65/hour for 5.75 hours, never getting out on time & being repeatedly told you won’t get paid if you stay, even though the buses never show up.
It confuses as to why administration has not recognized that you cannot “retain talent” if you don’t pay out train people appropriately to begin with…