marathoner452 is a special education teacher at a school called "hope."
Starting Monday the 26th I will be a pre-kindergarten teacher in the Recovery School District.
I will spend several days setting up my classroom, then as soon as I get a Temporary Authority to Teach from RSD I can start teaching. The education system in New Orleans is crazy: I was very upfront with the principal that I have no experience in an early childhood classroom, nor do I have any intention of getting certified in early childhood education. My certification, when I finish in two years or so, will be in elementary education, grades 1-5. She told me that by next year I could have an elementary classroom.
The situation here is so desperate that my utter lack of experience wasn’t a problem, and that continues to blow my mind. I attended a teacher in-service today and told several fellow teachers about my situation and no one seemed surprised.
Part of me is very excited about this opportunity to take on a challenge and make a difference, but another part of me knows that these students deserve a well-qualified teacher. I will do the best that I can by my students; I do have that to offer.