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Re: Teaching in an urban district.
Teaching for 30-35 years in an urban district IS A CAREER. I'm in year 4 at a Title 1 middle school in an urban district and have a top group that will get sweepstakes year after year, and some lower groups that I have to work like hell to get them ready for a concert. They all need good teaching and I have no plans to leave. Yes, I'm getting a lower stipend than my suburban colleagues, but I like living in the city, and I like my 6 minute drive to work every day.
YES - Inner City ISDs absolutely can be career killers. I had sweepstakes in a large urban district and I know my resume was tossed to the side just because it had that school district's name on it.
Been thinking about this lately. Is it a “career killer” to have an urban district (Dallas, Fort Worth etc.) on your resume? Even if you’re successful with sweeps at UIL and various other contests and have good numbers, culture and such? I’m currently at a Title I suburb district and enjoy teaching low SES kids and have been successful as an assistant and have been playing with the idea of possible moving to a head job at a urban district or low SES district in the future. Would that be a career killer for other opportunities in the long run? Thanks for any input and opinions!