New Teacher Not Sure What’s Going On...

Discussion in 'Middle School / Junior High' started by jessicasimpson, Jul 23, 2018.

  1. jessicasimpson

    jessicasimpson Rookie

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    Hi everyone,

    I got a middle school teaching position on June 26th. I interviewed that day and got the call about an hour later. The next day I went in to meet the superintendent and filled out all forms (direct deposit, W4, etc) and got my ID. I did NOT sign a contract because I had to be officially approved by the school committee meeting about 2 weeks later. I also did not get the final say on what grade level... it was not in the ad and when I asked they said I’d hear from dept coordinator after the meeting.

    Well the meeting came and went (July 10th), I did not hear anything from anyone or hear my name in the video of the meeting. I then got a welcome email from the assistant super welcoming me to the district and saying I’d hear from an induction coach soon. I was also invited to a PD later in the summer. I replied and asked if I should have heard anything more about the school committee meeting. She said I was all set and all appointments were approved.

    I also got the school calendar in the mail with a bumper sticker for the school. Beyond this, I have not heard anything. We do not start until late August, but I can’t help feeling uneasy. I haven’t signed a contract yet but in all other ways seem to be “official.”

    Does any of this jump out as strange to anyone or am I overreacting? I want to start planning and reading texts I will be teaching but I feel that there is nothing I can do to get that info. I don’t have the contact information for anyone except HR and the assistant superintendent who has already said I’m all set.
     
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  3. teacherintexas

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    Call HR tomorrow and ask when you should come in to sign your contract.
     
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  4. Ima Teacher

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    That’s not the process we use here, so I’m not sure what to say. However, I’d think calling the school and asking when you can come in and pick up texts would be a start.
     
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    We sign our contracts the first day we go back to our individual schools, so that may be why you haven't signed your contract yet. I would wait just a little longer for the induction coach to contact you, and then if you don't hear anything soon, contact HR.
     
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    It sounds like an oversight on their part. I doubt that you need to worry, but I agree that it might be a good idea to contact HR and ask about the contract.
     
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    That makes sense I guess. I just find it weird that salary was not discussed. I mean I can find the contract online very easily and it can’t really be negotiated at all but still. I think I will wait a little longer to see if I hear from the induction coach.
     
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    If I do not hear this week from the induction coach I think I will send an email just asking if there is anything more they need from because I did not sign a contract when I went in to do other paper work. Hopefully an oversight.
     
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    Last year I got a call late on a Thursday, telling me I had to sign my contract by the next day because the first day for teachers to report was Monday. I think a lot of it depends how much HR has on their plate. If you're worried, send an email to follow up.
     
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    It sounds like everything is okay. I have only heard of signing contracts right away on here. That's just not how it's done in my area. Some districts have new teachers sign them all one one day when they fill out insurance papers and things like that, and in one district I was given a contract to sign almost 2 months after school had started and I'd already been working.

    Did you hear other names of new teachers with the meeting? I know in our board meetings, the board doesn't go through each name or position- it's just a formality one line thing where they say they approve all hiring recommendations.

    If you're really worried, for my second job I was relocating and needed some type of proof of employment in order to rent an apartment in the new location. All of my contact with the district had been over the phone, so I called HR, explained my situation, and she sent me my paperwork in the mail right away. You could always try going that route- say you're looking at new apartments or something like that. They don't need to know that you're not really moving.

    It does seem odd to me that you weren't given a specific position prior to accepting the job, but I have heard of really large districts in other places that do that- it's just not how it's done here. Is there just one middle school you'll definitely be working at, or multiple schools and you haven't been placed yet? You could try contacting the principal (contact info would be on the website) but he or she may be on break and you might not get a response for awhile. You could try asking HR about your specific placement- tell them you want to start planning.
     
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    I did do all my insurance stuff, I met with the benefits coordinator the day I met with superintendent. Also, they did read off a few other names at the meeting. Two principals (they were present at the meeting so they were introduced and congratulated) and then they read off maybe 5 other names (a high school teacher, social worker, and some K teachers).

    I could try asking for proof of employment. I hadn’t thought of that.

    And yes I agree it is odd-
    It is a fairly large district for my state with two middle schools but I know which one I will be working at for sure and know for sure it is English (that is my certification). An 8th grade teacher retired but I was not told for sure I am 8th or that I am replacing her. I only heard of the retirement through the grapevine from someone who works there. I WAS told by superintendent it is a permanent position and that they have not laid off in a long time and have no plans to have to do so which was good to hear.

    I asked HR originally what my position is because I had to fill out something in the office that asked for job title and she said “Just put down English Teacher, they will let you know what grade when dept coordinator contacts you.”
     

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