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  1. amethyst

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    A lot of people in my teaching class have nose piercings (mostly just a tiny stud). I was wondering....

    will they get hired as teachers with nose piercings?
     
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  3. Amanda

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    A panel of teachers usually does the final interview for teachers at my school. I have sat in on 2-3 interviews. I would say that a teacher with a nose piercing probably wouldn't make it to that interview, and if they did, it would not make a good impression. It may also indicate questionable judgement, which could carry over to the classroom. I'm not saying a person with a piercing is bad--It's just not professional. (I would question the judgement of someone who chose to wear jeans to an interview, for example.) Perhaps when it's time to get a job (and hopefully before student teaching & practicum work), they will remove the stud/ring and let it grow back. :)

    At the elementary level especially, kids want to be just like their teacher. I'm sure parents would not be amused to have their child come home and say they wanted to get their nose pierced just like Miss _____. I remember a teacher who wore toe tings and a student told her mother she wanted toe rings just like Miss _____. (I don't think it was a big concern, but the parent brought it up. When a child wants to dress like their teacher, it's probably a sign the appearance is not professional.)

    Some schools may even have a dress code that does not allow nose, tongue, eyebrow, etc. piercings.
     
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    Most people remove the obvious piercings before going to a professional interview. Many of the interviewers are older people, and sometimes they don't approve or understand.

    After you get hired, you can put the piercing back in. Wait till around November.

    Make sure the jewelry is modest. You don't want to openly offend anyone, nor do you want to give an angry student a fingerhold.

    That probably applies to any kind of jewelry, unconventional or not.

    Our accessories are expressions of our personalities, but we should not cross the line and be unprofessional or confrontational with them.

    For those same reasons, it's probably wise to cover any tatoos, as well. At least at first.

    You just never know sometimes what will open or close a door of opportunity for you. The least little thing will do so, either way, and sometimes we never know.
     
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    My niece recently subbed in the office of an area high school. She has every piercing imaginable. They told her they would hire her, but the studs had to stay out during school hours.
    She's a bold girl. When she graduated in '00, she got a buzz cut and streaked it with silver and white, the school colors! Picture Dennis Rodman's hair- that was her!
     
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    Theres a teacher at my school who has a nose percing, she just got out of college.
     
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    When I attended college, our education department made it perfectly clear we were NOT allowed under any circumstances to wear wild hair color, show tatoos, or any piercings, other than ear of course, while completing a placement. Personally, I don't find it professional at all. Think of other professions...if my dentist had pink hair and a tongue ring I'm not sure I could take him seriously...the same is true of teachers.
     
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    Probably most people would agree with you. I am not one of them, though, as I have always believed that the more UNconventional people are more creative, talented, witty, whimsical, intelligent, and accepting. My rheumatologist has many tatoos and piercings, and wears jeans and a t under his white coat. Pony tail. I find this comforting, and whenever I look at him, I see a person who keeps up, isn't afraid to speak his mind and tell me how I'm REALLY doing. He makes me laugh. The best guidance counselor our high school ever had was an old hippie with a long pony tail and earrings. He was beloved by every kid, even when some of the teachers were skeptical of him. He is still invited to weddings, etc. Perhaps we all have our little stereotypes of how certain people in certain positions "should" be. Prim, proper, business-like types have always given me the creeps. I could never relax around them, and I always felt like they had an agenda. I also felt like such 'types' could never possibly understand how an 'out of the box' person thought. And most discoveries and innovations in every possible aspect of life, were made by unconventional, 'out of the box' people. Oh well. It takes all kinds. I think the world NEEDS all kinds. But we all have our own personal preferences.
     
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    I agree with Jane's post in that any jewelry worn should probably be modest even if only for safety purposes. I also know of school districts that do not allow the students to have certain piercings. My boyfriend's sister started high school in Florida this year and was forced to take out her lip and eyebrow ring. Whether I agree with that or not is another story, but I think that if you are working in a school that does not allow those things, you should follow the dress code as well.
     
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    teachers have come a LONG way from not being able to be pregnant, or to expose their elbows and knees... oh the scandal!!

    I would follow dress code/ uniform and suggest removal of peircings that are not tolerated by the place of employment BUT, I dont think you can tell much by someone who is tatooed or peirced in regards to their TEACHING ability. I know there are stigmas or generalizations made by those who are excessive tattooed or peirced but it STILL doesnt suggest less of performance ability.
     
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    I am going into high school education as an English major. I don't have a nose ring yet but I'm thinking about getting one for my birthday but I need help with a question.
    I know this is a 12 year old post and there may be new faces and comments but I can assure you that I would love answers.
    Can I go into an interview with the. Nose ring in? Is it professional? I would love help especially people in mass who can help me with this.
    Thank you so much!!!
     
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    It wouldn't be an issue at all here, although I'd still advise someone to wear a small stud instead of a ring for an interview.
     
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    Thank you so much! I don't want a hoop. They seem harder to clean. This is great. Thank you!!!!
     
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    For interviews and the like, you might want to have a clear stud to keep the piercing open while staying professional (my husband's stepsister had a government job for years and found this was the best solution).
     
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    That is what I was thinking but I'm trying to prove that I'm right to someone who thinks I shouldn't have one. Thank you for helping me.
     
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