Re: Private School?
Posted by Some Answers on 10/6/2020, 2:46 pm, in reply to "Private School?"
- Your hours are fully dependent on you. If you want to work a 40-hour or 80-hour work week, you make the call.
- Competitions are still available. While TAPPS and TPSMEA are not fully at the caliber of competition as UIL and ATSSB or TMEA, you can still push your program to that level of competition AND still compete in ATSSB or TMEA for All-Region.
- A better environment (most of the time). I haven't heard a single F-bomb at school in more than 5 years.
- It may take some work to change the culture depending on where you are looking, but you have more clout when it comes to discipline and the school paying attention to band.
- Your hours are fully dependent on you. I know this is a repeat, but it is worth repeating.
- If you don't plan to ever return to public schools, you can roll your TRS funds over into an IRA that you can directly manage instead of relying on the state to manage. I'll probably have a lot of people blast me for this one, but it's the same people who blast the state for mis-managing those TRS funds in the first place.
- TAPPS community...Just like ATSSB and TMEA,directors in TAPPS schools are here to help each other. Many TAPPS directors are in small programs with little resources. In the end, we all have the same mission...to teach kids to love and enjoy music.
- Your budget may be laughably small, but to be honest, my budget was non-existent at my last public school.
- You will most likely take a pay cut. I was able to negotiate my salary when I interviewed. That, however, is a plus.
- Culture wars...you WILL have to invest time in changing the culture of the school. Most private schools are more sports-intense than public schools.
- You will share kids for more events than you can possibly imagine.
- You will most likely experience the disdain that many have for private schools. You will have people ridicule you for teaching at "one of those rich white kid schools". (I've heard it several times). Don't let people like that bring you down. They just aren't happy where they are.
To be honest...teaching in a private school is worth the pay cut. I will support my public school directing friends every day, but I'm never going back.