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Old 06-19-2009, 01:51 PM   #1
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Would like the option of "retiring" in about 13 years

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My name is Michael. Currently, I thoroughly enjoy my work in corporate finance for a biotech, but I would like to take steps to have the "option" of retiring in about 13 years. My dream upon retiring is to be a part time economics teacher at a public high school.

The best experience of my life was when I was a Peace Corps volunteer for three years in the Andean mountains of Ecuador. I had so little in terms of material possessions but was so rich in the number of experiences, challenges to my views of the world, and confidence that I could live anywhere and adapt.



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Old 06-19-2009, 02:14 PM   #2
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:45 PM   #3
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I wasn't aware that they had part-time teachers in high school but good luck.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:41 AM   #4
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Welcome, tennislover , your story so far sounds ideal. I'm curious how old you are. 13 years strikes me as very doable in a hot field like biotech, lots of upside possibilities without moving.
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:42 AM   #5
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I wasn't aware that they had part-time teachers in high school but good luck.
Yes, I doubt that the teacher's union would look favourably upon that. Oh well!

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I was a part time (2/3 time) math and science teacher in 1975-1976, at a private high school in Meridian, Mississippi as a moonlighting job while also on the chemistry faculty at Meridian College. Teachers in math and science were pretty hard for high schools to find at that place and time. I had plenty of background in the subject matter, but no background in education. As I recall, for a temporary certification all that was required was to promise that I would take some education courses during the summer, which I never did.

From what I understand, things have changed and it is not as easy to teach part time now as it was then. Maybe you could be a substitute teacher, or maybe (recalling your satisfaction with your Peace Corps experiences) you could teach part time in another country.
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I did some sub teaching in the early 80s, in HS math and science and whatnot in elementary and middle schools. I was 21 at the time, with a BS degree, and just some College W*rk Study experience. No certification for subs was required.
I found the "call in for 1 day only" sub teaching routine to be too demanding of my time. The general rule was I got a last minute call at o'dark thirty and had to hustle to get to the school. That got old very quickly.
Maybe take a look at adjunct professor at local colleges, part time status, or maybe the high school trade oriented programs (here in NY it is called Board of Cooperative and Educational Services BOCES).
Several of my former cow*rkers taught college level short courses in the evening, rotating with several others within 1 semester. They enjoyed the experience.
My guess is most states are requiring some sort of certification these days.
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I wasn't aware that they had part-time teachers in high school but good luck.
They are called subsitute teachers.........
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My guess is most states are requiring some sort of certification these days.
Yep -- between NCLB and increased scrutiny of people working with children in the public sphere, there's a lot more today -- educational requirements, fingerprinting, background checks and so on. And the certification is required to demonstrate you've successfully jumped through all these hoops -- and it's not just for teachers but many supporting staff and paraprofessionals as well.
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I have a friend who teaches math part time at a high school--I think he has three or four classes a day (out of a possible seven periods). I don't know if most high schools offer economics but maybe they do.

Also, maybe you can go back into the Peace Corps when you retire?

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