This is ridiculous–and I’m not laughing!! (See the YouTube video at this link.)
In 2001, after 9/11/2001, I made a decision to make a difference for kids in grades K-12. I stopped being a full-time management consultant/organizational change consultant/instructional designer and became a classroom teacher, working with the English Language Learner population in public schools served in Illinois by the Kane County Regional Office of Education (ROE).
Prior to that time, while I was a performance coach for teachers in the Dade and Broward school systems in Florida while finishing my doctorate degree in Education from Florida International University in Miami, my primary focus was on working with adults. I had been teaching thousands of adults (over 40 years) (I was a volunteer instructor and instructor-trainer for the American Red Cross in Health and Safety courses for 33 years.) I was also a professional trainer and instructional designer in addition to being an organizational change management consultant.
I was aware of some of the challenges being experienced by K-12 schools when I went to get my doctorate and focused on adult education and human resource development because I saw there would be an ongoing need for adults to learn what they didn’t learn in school. For my doctoral dissertation, working with teachers-in-training, I developed and tested a new theory of how we learn from experience. I’ve used that learning since completing the doctorate in a variety of ways.
As everyone knows, the economy (and school budgets) started taking hits over the last several years. In 2009, shortly after completing a post-doctoral Master of Arts in Teaching, I was laid off. Since then I have been a substitute teacher because most schools can get two recent graduates for the salary the unions require for someone with a masters’ degree (districts don’t even have to pay for the doctorate or second masters).
Substitute teaching pays $12 per hour ($90 per day–with $78 showing up in the bank) or $45 for one-half day with less than that showing up in the bank.) I love substitute teaching because I can make a difference for both students and teachers.
This summer I can’t find employment at the moment. I can work with clients, do contract work at the local, state, and federal level, offer workshops on expanding memory, changing moods, Integrative Learning, and provide coaching for teachers, executives, organizations, and teams. So far, no one is interested.
I’ve applied for lots of entry-level jobs and, when I made the mistake of telling the whole of my education, found myself not getting calls for interviews. I was advised just to tell people I have an undergraduate degree–which I do.
I need to pay the rent and to set money aside for some bills and for the future. I need to stay in the Chicagoland area because my Mom is 99 and I think it’s important to give her some quality time every evening to make sure she can eat and get her medicine and remember me tomorrow.
I have lots of websites which I have just upgraded, reducing some that produce no traffic. These aren’t bringing in the money yet.
Yesterday I received an email from someone who wants to split a huge amount of money with me if I pretend to be someone’s long lost relative. Yes, I need income right away–for next month’s rent, for example. No, I don’t want to get involved with shady deals.
I’m writing this post to ask your your help–not with cash, with either clients or a job–at least for the summer. Some of the ones I’ve applied for are “out of left field” and will still help pay the bills.
If you have information or a suggestion for me, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org