Top 10 jobs in schools

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Dear Teacher,

I would like a career where I can help people and would love to work in a school environment. I am just not sure that I want to become a teacher because I am kind of shy. I cannot imagine being able to take command of a classroom like teachers do, so I was wondering if there are "behind the scenes" positions in schools. What are some other jobs possibilities that would still allow me to work in a school setting? I would just like to know some other options. Thank you, Heather

Dear Heather,

Thank you for your question. First let me say that being shy is not a deal breaker for someone thinking about becoming a teacher. Just like adults, there are all kinds of kids and some respond better to a more reserved personality. With that being said, it's funny how when most people think of working in a school the first thing that comes to mind is becoming a teacher. There are plenty of other school job positions that are not classroom teaching jobs. I've created a list of 10 positions in schools. The job descriptions you see are general, and specific duties will most likely vary from school to school. Hopefully these few general details of each job can help you get a feel for each position and maybe spark some personal interest.

1. Teachers assistant--This position allows you to work with children, but under the direction of the lead teacher. It is a great place to start if you're interested in a career in education.

2. Administrative or executive assistant--An administrative assistant may helps a school administrator stay organized, order supplies for staff, maintain school attendance or medical records, edit documents and direct school visitors or phone calls.

3.Counselor--Duties of a school counselor may include helping students manage social and emotion difficulties and providing guidance with decisions regarding career or education.

4. Learning specialist or resource teacher--Learning specialists often work with learning disabled or gifted students and conduct assessments and provide suggestions for accommodations for classroom teachers and parents. They often have teaching experience or special education backgrounds.

5. Librarian or media specialist--Librarians typically work closely with both teachers and students. They may offer support with technology and assist students and teachers with finding books and other reference materials. Some librarians may also teach lessons to different grade levels as well.

6. Admissions office assistant--Employees in the admissions office may be in charge of recruiting prospective students, giving school tours, assessing new students and assisting with financial aid needs.

7. Development office assistant--Someone working in the development office may plan fundraisers or other special events. They may also work on a team with admissions or other administrators to help develop relationships between the school and community.

8. Substitute teacher--Some schools hire substitute teachers to call on an as-needed basis. The substitute follows a plan left by the regular classroom teacher. This is another great position to help a person get a feel for the field of education without making a long-term commitment.

9. School nurse--A school nurse is responsible for all in-school medical needs, including assessing ill or injured students, contacting parents, administering medication,and supporting the overall health and wellness of students and staff.

10. After-school care assistant--An after-school care worker may assist with homework and plan and implement other activities to keep children active and engaged in the after-school program. This position is often part time or combined with another duty to create full-time employment.

Good luck with your decision, Heather!

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