I am a young teacher, in my third job and fifth year teaching. I spent two years at my first job and two years at my second. I am in my first year at my current job. Though I have no plans on leaving my current position, I feel confident that this isn't where I would like to stay permanently. I am now teaching elementary and truly miss band. My first two positions were both band and I feel that is my calling. I was encouraged to try elementary music as I had yet to find the right fit within a band program. Well, I have tried it and see myself untimely returning to band. I am learning so much teaching elementary and I know I will be able to bring my new knowledge (and learned patience) back to band directing!
My question is, how long do you think I need to stay at my current position so I do not become labeled as a job hopper?
Again, I have no plans of leaving, but I do believe my calling is teaching band.