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  • Ken Rohrer
    Dec 8, 2002
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      Wayong,
      The last several years, Nevada has been desperate for
      teachers. I don't know if they still are since they've
      had less move-ins since 9-11.
      Ken

      --- Wayong@... wrote:
      > hi- I'm originally from NYC. FYI, every state has
      > different rules & regulations. If you want to remain
      > in NY, you are very lucky. Prior to moving out of
      > state, I was not aware of any of my
      > friends/colleagues having a full time position. A
      > full time art teacher position is very rare in NYC
      > (and elsewhere). You are more likely to get a
      > position like that upstate. However, there are more
      > opportunities for part time & contract positions.
      > But if you want to slowly get into the field, this
      > is a good way to go. NY, along w/NJ, Pennsylvania,
      > Conneticut & much of the east coast, it is not
      > required to have a degree in education nor initially
      > have a certification. Board of Ed will hire you in
      > lieu of you completing cert. requirements if they
      > are in need. Many other private org. won't require a
      > cert. or license.
      >
      > Your strong portfolio & people skills will
      > definately be an asset. However, your lack of
      > experience will work against you. There are many
      > very qualified people vying for contract positions
      > at Studio in the School, Marquis Studios, etc.
      > Your options are to either volunteer doing the work
      > you ideally want to do professionally, or take less
      > than ideal jobs to get started. Hospital Audience
      > Inc. - HAI, will sometimes hire artists with no
      > prior teaching experience. However, the commute
      > tends to be long to get to your contract positions,
      > & most likely will be placed with adults/elderly
      > until you 'prove yourself' for several years.
      >
      > Before applying for a graduate program in art ed, I
      > strongly recommend getting field experience, reading
      > books (although most of the art ed books, in my
      > opinion are subpar technically & often suffer from
      > lack of imagination), going to conferances (art ed,
      > ed, special ed, creative arts therapy), and talking
      > to people in the field.
      > It's nice to be idealistic & all, but you may not be
      > able to
      > avoid 'corporation hassles' - there is a lot of
      > beauocracy, red tape, internal politics, paperwork
      > ESPECIALLY if you get a full time job.
      > Also, working with kids and/or special needs
      > populations can be very stressful & wearing. I love
      > working with 'difficult' kids, but it's not for
      > everybody. If you are too gentle & green or easily
      > irritated, kids can pinpoint you as a target.
      >
      > With all of that, you do have a lot of options. Shop
      > around!
      > There are several organisations that have volunteer
      > artists working with homeless kids & community
      > settings. While that place may not have a paying
      > position, getting yourself out there & making
      > yourself known is important. Personally, I'm very
      > against established professionals volunteering
      > (don't ever suggest that to me, it wouldn't help my
      > situation) because people assume you are not worth a
      > paycheck & not professional. But for artists who are
      > trying to break in, it's a different situation.
      >
      > Also, check out Earth Celebrations... they can use
      > artists & teachers to develop puppets, masks,
      > costumes.
      >
      > With any of these org, set boundaries & don't end up
      > getting abused.
      >
      > Now, if you want to look for work in the Wild West,
      > don't even bother. I tried 2 yrs in Colorado & I'm
      > happily moving to Boston...
      >
      > Wayong
      >


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