Those Who Can, Teach!

Looking for a job with more meaning?  Want to have a hand in shaping the next generation?  If so, perhaps the timing is right to take your years of hands-on industry experience and translate them into the teaching profession!

During a recent coffee catch-up meeting with a good friend of mine, Horst Momber, the Director of Career and Technical Education for the Bellevue School District, I was informed that there are some great new programs in Washington State that can help people from private industry break into the teaching field with little or no previous teaching certification.  Specifically, the State is making a targeted push to attract qualified instructors in various vocational disciplines and subjects, now referred to under the name CTE (Career & Technical Education) programs.  For more information about this exciting category of high school instruction, you can refer to the State’s CTE web page here.

Should you read through this information, and decide to take a run at this option, the next step would be to review the employment websites of your local school districts and apply directly to any opportunities that seem like they’d be a fit with your skills.  The CTE positions in question are available on a statewide basis, but for your convenience, here are some links to the job pages of the largest Districts in the Seattle/Bellevue area: Bellevue, Seattle, Issaquah, Lake Washington (Redmond), Everett, and Northshore (Bothell).

When reviewing the position listings on these sites, make sure to watch for the CTE acronym, since this is the key identifier that signifies the specific opportunities for which someone coming directly out of private industry might apply.  As for what to expect in terms of compensation, the starting salary for Bellevue School District openings is $42,300, with other districts likely being somewhat similar, and at the moment there are openings out there in areas that range from Business, Marketing, and Accounting to positions in Computer Programming, Web Design, Engineering, Construction, and Multi-Media Development.

Upon getting accepted into the CTE program, non-certified teachers would first start out with a probationary certificate, issued by the hiring school district and certifying that they have the requisite expertise to instruct students in the subject matter at hand.  From there, if I understand the process correctly, program members can slowly earn their full teaching certificate over time by passing a series of ongoing tests and classroom evaluations.

Personally, I’m very excited by the fact that the school districts are making a concentrated effort to recruit new instructors directly from the business world to help round out the education (especially the vocational component) available to students today.  I think there’s much to be gained through this approach, especially in terms of helping students gain direct exposure to a variety of real-world job and career options that they can aspire to later in life.  And as far as the current availability of the CTE positions, I’m told that schools typically start posting their upcoming listings in April and continue running them through the beginning of the next school year.  Apparently, however, the timeline for this year may be slightly different because school districts are still getting their budgets in order — and don’t know what kind of staffing cuts, if any, might need to be made later in the year.  So you may not see a ton of CTE leads listed, quite yet, but keep checking on a regular basis and more are sure to appear!

Questions about the process?  Want to learn more?  Please feel free to contact Horst via e-mail here since he was kind enough to volunteer to assist people in exploring this potential direction, if interested…


One Response to “Those Who Can, Teach!”

  1. Dr. Sanford Aranoff March 20, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I like the statement about the next generation. What we need to do is to instruct them on the basic principles of the subject, not simply teach them rote. In this, education is failing. See “Teaching and Helping Students Think and Do Better” on amazon.

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