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Tuesday, May 18, 2004
  A teacher? High school? Yeah, I guess so

I think I've pretty much finished the on-line portion of the application procedures for the county school system, now I have to get through the state stuff. But it appears that Georgia has made it easy for career changers to start teaching while pursuing educational certification.

I hadn't ever considered teaching below college level before, and hadn't thought much about that until I was a teacher's assistant at Tech for two semesters. I thoroughly enjoyed that experience, so we'll see. I'm sort of thinking of shooting for middle school where you tend to have the same students most of the day, but teaching poli sci or history or something at the high school level could prove to be fun. I used to be real good at math. I was even on the high school math team, but I think a couple of less than stellar math teachers in trig and geometry killed the career of a brilliant mathematician. Or, it just got beyound me.

Anyway, I'm getting a little excited about trying it, and I hope I like it. One thing a career in teaching definitely does, is allow the teacher a whole lot of geographical flexibility in deciding where they want to live and work. Don't be surprised that if I truly enjoy teaching, that I talk the Wife into selling the house and moving up into the North Georgia mountains, and teaching in a system up there, away from the Atlanta traffic. Or somewhere away from the Atlanta traffic. I may not be a farmer or a hermit (though the Wife and I seem to have a pre-disposition for the latter), but I've pretty much decided I don't like huge sprawling cities based on suburban land use plans. And, I kind of would like to see the Milky Way once in a while.

Back to teaching. It doesn't appear "to pay all that well, but you're also not putting in the 60 - 80 work weeks that are often required in 'salaried' jobs, and there is significant vacation time built in. The Employee Benefits look pretty good, I especially like the look of the retirement plan:
Teachers Retirement Plan: DeKalb's Teachers Retirement Plan is one of the best in the nation with 9.25% of salary paid by the DeKalb Board of Education with teachers contributing only 5%.
That's a pretty hefty contribution by the county.

Well, I got some other stuff I want to post before I head to Manuel's Tavern for the Tuesday Democratic Town Hall in Exile Night, so... 
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