Considering Switching Schools? 10 Questions to Think Through [Episode 65]


Click below to hear questions to ask yourself if you’re considering switching schools:

Contract season is quickly approaching, meaning soon, you’ll have to decide if you will return to the same school next year or look for someplace new. If you’re unsure if you will sign or not, I want to help you make this decision. I am sharing 10 things to take into consideration when you are deciding whether to stay at your current school or look for a new school.

We are all aware that every school has its issues and that no school is perfect. We also know that every school is very different. That is why I think it’s important to reevaluate whether to stay or move on every couple of years so you can decide if where you’re at is serving you and what’s most important to you in your current season.

All schools have their downfalls but I think it’s so important to find a place where you feel supported in your current season of life. That means it may be time to look at your family and priorities and weigh the positives and negatives of staying or switching schools.

Not sure where to start? Consider these 10 things:

  1. What are the different duties/weekly expectations of teachers that are required? 
  2. What is the pay scale increase like? 
  3. What opportunities are there for my position to grow and evolve over the years? 
  4. What professional development and certificate renewal options are available? 
  5. What support is provided for higher education?
  6. What is the faculty environment like? 
  7. How many preps do most teachers have and how much planning time is there? 
  8. What guidelines and resources are used for developing curriculum? 
  9. What differences are there in parent and student culture?
  10. How will this affect my retirement and benefits?

If you have any specific questions about this conversation or need support in this decision-making process, PLEASE REACH OUT on Instagram or email! I am here for you!

Topics Discussed About Switching Schools:

  • Why it’s important to evaluate and reevaluate where you are teaching every couple of years
  • 10 questions to ask yourself about whether or not switching schools is right for you
  • My personal experiences working at both a public school and a private school
  • Pros and cons to consider when making a decision about schools

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