I will be moving to St. Thomas by October 1st, with my boyfriend who just accepted a job on the island. I am a public school teacher who has taught in Oregon and NYC and I am hoping to find a teaching position on the Island. I have already called a bunch of private schools and they all seem to be fully staffed for the upcoming school year. There appear to be positions in the public schools, however, I can't really get a feel for the climate of the public schools. Does anyone know about the likelihood of getting a teaching job on the island, either public or private? I have taught inner-city Brooklyn, NY, so I am not worried about teaching in the public schools and I would be happy for a teaching position in any capacity. Does anyone have any tips to navigate the HR department of the public schools? I have already submitted my application (via snail mail) but I'm not sure about the likelihood of getting contacted. Any tips would be greatly appreciated, considering the new school year is about to begin! Thanks, in advance, for any help!
looking for a teaching job on St. Thomas
I have no tips for you, however, I can relate what I do know...My girlfriend, who was a teacher, then a counselor, at a public school in Texas, moved here, and got a job at Cancryn (taking about a 50% pay cut from her TX job...the pay for public schools here is a crime). She lasted for two weeks before she quit. Does that tell you anything? It's that bad here. The teachers that are doing their jobs here are saints for doing it, as I don't know how they can without losing their minds, but the difference between Brooklyn and here is wide and varied....they aren't even in the same class. Brooklyn would be a breeze after teaching here. And it's not just the kids and their behavior that I referring to here, because it's mostly a cultural difference concerning that, but the support, or lack thereof, of the government, and the community, make this a thankless job. My girlfriend had to buy her class pencils and paper, for crying out loud. How bad is it when the community and government don't even give the kids what they need to learn? A shame here, truly a shame. Best of luck to you.
I have had many friends that have been teachers and they loved their jobs and were always willing to go the extra mile for the kids they taught. What you make of it and how you do, is up to you. It's not always easy but can be rewarding.
Here's a link you can check for info on schools: https://www.vimovingcenter.com/schools/stthomas.php
Thank so much both of you. First hand accounts always help. Any other stories/tips for teaching on St. Thomas?
All Saints Cathedral School seems to have openings: www.allsaintsvi.org. Also, I would just say be persistent with the DOE, they need good teachers, so read all of their info on their website, and call to check in on your application. I haven't had experience with VI schools, but jobs are tough to get all over! You will get out of it, what you put into it. Persist, but be patient.