So, come January I will have been teaching at my current school for ten years. Yes, that's right - a whole decade.
I love my school and my students. I have everything I need to do my teaching effectively. My administrators are competent and supportive and my colleagues are great. But, the thing is, I'm not advancing and I'm not learning anything new.
I think I could probably stay right where I am until I retire - still teaching the same vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, conversation, and culture . . . forever. I'm sure they would continue to offer me a contract every year and I would continue to do what they need me to do. But I'm starting to get a little antsy and I'm feeling the tug of change.
What I really want to do is go to Brazil and teach English, but finding jobs there isn't easy. I have an ESL endorsement and several years of ESL experience. I also have a masters degree in foreign language education, NBPTS certification, and I've taught abroad in Japan, Mexico, and Argentina. So I think I'm a good candidate. But where does one go to find the jobs?
Online, obviously. And so I came across Teach Away. This looks like a reputable organization so I have jumped through the hoops. I have given them my information, my resume, my picture, copies of my transcripts and my teacher's license, and I have requested references from my principal and my supervisor at Wake Technical Community College (much to their panicked chagrin - which I take as a compliment).
Teach Away does not have any jobs in Brazil - something I might have liked to know before I jumped through all the hoops. But they have jobs in the Middle East - lots of them, and folks over there are seriously paying for the best teachers. It's tempting and I did throw my digital hat into the ring for consideration for a couple of them. It would be exciting to learn a new language and live in a new culture.
They also offer TESL certification from the Teach Away site . . . which makes me wonder whether I will be expected to go through their certification process before they will seriously consider me for a job. I don't mind doing that, to be honest, but it is costly. If I knew for a fact that they would hook me up with a well-paying job abroad, I would go through it without a second thought.
But for now, I'm in the world of second thoughts. I'm not sure what is in my near future but, as I said above, I feel the tug and I know it is time for me to start looking into options. In the meantime, if you hear about anything for certified teachers in Brazil, please hook me up.