The Head of School at Naomi's school was chatting with me about how she wished the school had the Junior Kindergarten class back. Then she offhandedly asked me if I would like to teach it if they got it back! It took me by surprise, I didn't know what to say. I told her I didn't have a teaching degree, I had a degree in Religious Studies. She said she would check to find out if for that age I needed a degree or a license would work.
So, now I have this in the back of my mind at all times, haha! I would LOVE to teach at Naomi's school! I had been considering letting her know j was interested in any positions that opened up (administrative or teacher assistant) next year or the year after. I love teaching, I am having the most fun with my class this year already!
While looking up the certification possibilities I got information from a friend about an online college affiliated with UT that had a different learning model. It is a flat fee for 6 months at a time. You can complete as many classes as your time will allow in that 6 months. So, I could get a post baccalaureate teaching degree (this would be my first step I believe, although a counselor could suggest a Master's if my transcript indicates I qualify) in my time from home. The Head of School said it would probably be 2-3 years to shift the JK away from the preschool and into the actual school where it really belongs. I don't know why, it was a money pit when I worked at the J, not enough kids to pay the salary of the teacher but they paid it anyway.
I am so excited! The 6 month semesters cost just a few dollars over $3k at a time which is super affordable AND they have financial aid! I probably won't qualify for financial aid but it would be worth checking out.
Now I finally have something to help me push forward through this medical mess so I can really take care of our debt! I think I would like to have two debts paid off of the 3 before I apply for the school and check out their financial aid possibilities. My friend, a military wife, is getting her Bachelor's degree (maybe Master's I'm not sure) with so much federal financial aid that she paid $140 for her current 6 month semester. That would not be the case for me but maybe something to help? NO student loans!
I am so excited about the thought of moving forward into teaching a more advanced class! I may not end up going this route. If my health gets worse instead of better I will have to stop working but I'm "not sick enough" for disability so I would need to find something from home to keep our goals moving forward. It's just a really exciting idea!