At 7:30 AM 2/4/97, Mark & Jane Priniski wrote: >> >>Why would a teacher want to teach in poor counties where the >>teacher salaries average $10,000 less than the richer >>counties? Why would a teacher teach where there is no money >>for textbooks or materials? It is my opinion that these >>questions need to be answered. >> >Karen --- > >I work in a small school in north central wisconsin, we have just under 210 >students in grades 9-12. I have had years where in an eight period day I >taught 7 periods, seven differnt preps. On the good side, in my present >schedule I teach an AP Calculus class to 3 students, and my larges class >is a geometry class of 26. > >I've worked in small schools for the past 19 years. My first 2 years of >teaching werein larger school. I would never go back to big. (even for >$10,000) In my school, I know every student and they all know me. They >know my expectations before they even get to my class. That would never >happen in a larger school. > >Mark Priniski
While it's difficult, I too thoroughly enjoyed my time in a small rural school (120 students 7-12). While it's true that money is tight, I never lacked for anything I thought I needed. Of course, then, I didn't think I needed much! Time was an issue (6 preps in 7 periods) but you learn to adapt. If I were to return to public school I'd go to a small school in a heartbeart.