I have been all squared away to teach Geometry and Algebra at PC West High School this fall. I have been excited and anxious to get back into teaching high school and start what I hoped would be a long term career there. I have dreams beyond that also that I wrote into this story. After teaching there a year or two, I would start taking classes for my Master's and be a part of revolutionizes what needs to be revolutionized in public education.
However, today Lisa (my fellow-teaching BFFI) calls me and tells me they have a position she wants me to fill at her school. She works at KIPP Reach College Prep in OKC. They teach inner city 5th-8th graders. The position is attractive for many reasons - experience with the demographic, knowledge gained under AMAZING professional development, big pay increase, and working with my best friend of course! Also, Lisa mentioned a big potential to split a teaching position in the future (for babies and school). The position is to manage the computer lab, guide students through their personalized online tutorials, and tutor one on one or in small groups when needed. That means no papers to grade, and no lessons to plan, and still getting to foster relationships with students. The cons are long hours (7:15am - 5:00pm), it's not high school, and it's not math.
So, what do I do (assuming I had my choice to take the KIPP position)? They are such different options! Oy.