You guys are always so good about offering advice... and I need to ask for some more.
As you know, I have not been able to find a teaching position since moving back to Illinois this summer. Of course, I'm super happy to be with family and friends again, but this has been a HUGE disappointment.
Earlier this week, a friend of mine (who works in a district where I subbed prior to moving to Louisiana) recommended me to her administration when they asked if anyone knew anyone who might be interested in a teacher's aide position. I just got off the phone with the AP, and he already told me I'm more than qualified for the position... so it's basically a question of whether or not I want it.
And here's where I need help. Cuz I'm not sure if I do.
I've made a little Pro/Con list to help you know what I'm considering:
- Steady employment = knowing what to expect on a paycheck
- I like the school & staff at the school
- Insurance benefits
- Administration will know my name and skills
- Not being able to take any long-term subbing or teaching opportunities
- Really bad pay
- 30-40 minute commute
The alternative, at this point, is that I will (hopefully) be added to the sub list. Obviously, subbing isn't consistent work, but the daily rate is higher than an aide (except no benefits). Long-term subs get paid VERY well in this district, and they're the group that's chosen to fill available positions. BUT... in the two years I worked there, I wasn't able to get hired for any of those positions and only did day-to-day subbing.
WHAT SHOULD I DO???