So listen. A few years ago I made this huge step. I left my dream job in PR to pursue the classroom. To make a long story short, I have student loan debt. That does not just disappear or vanish. Regardless of if you graduate, secure a high paying job, or even use your degree, you are still required to pay those loans back. Sucks right? Rather than sulk about the government, low wages and salaries, unemployment, and injustice you can be solution-based like me. Maybe a career shift is exactly what you need. By faith not by sight, move towards something that will eliminate those loans. After all, college was the best time of your life right? But I get it, who wants to teach? The salary, the students, you know how bad you were as a student. Or was that just me?
Thing is, a job does not define you. Teaching really is not so bad. I love teaching because of the endless days off, the consistent schedule, checks, benefits, and hours. I love it because I got off no later than 4 pm every day. Enough time to beat traffic and have my side hustles, part-times, and me-time all within a span of 24 hours. Best of all, I get to help my community on a daily basis, interact with seniors, and encourage and direct the next generation on the dos and don’t of life after high school. I am can proudly say I am an educator. And that might change in the next five years. Who knows? God never intended for us to remain in one place or be confined to one specific gift.
That does not mean my dreams have died or have been deferred. In fact, I am able to use my skills to not only enhance my classroom but in my personal entrepreneurial ambitions as well. I am passionate about career readiness and preparing the next generation to be successful outside the classroom and outside of college. Career readiness is a huge passion of mine and I aspire to create ambitious, career-ready professionals to lead the world when I have to pass the torch. All of this because I wanted to find a way to not have to pay back my student loans.
Thus, I encourage any professional to look into teaching as a route toward student loan forgiveness. I am in Atlanta, GA and this is my personal route towards student loan forgiveness. SEE BELOW
The Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program® (Georgia TAPP) is a classroom-based teacher preparation option for individuals who have the basic qualifications to teach early childhood, middle-grades, secondary or P-12 education but have not completed a teacher preparation program.
Take the required GACE exams (Around $500 total)
Pick a subject you want to teach, preferably what your college degree is in and take that content exam.
Take the Program Admission Assessment: Math, Writing, Reading
Apply to several TAPP programs
In order to raise your odds, apply to several school districts’ TAPP programs
Preferably, apply to those in close driving distance to you or apply to TAPP programs whose applications are free.
Set up a https://mypsc.gapsc.org account
Take Ga Ethics Exam ($30)
Check my excel sheet for TAPP programs in Georgia
Create a great rotating teaching resume highlighting your experience
Create a cover letter.
Interchange the school districts on your cover letter
Create an email specifically for your job process
Use this Google account to communicate.
Save files to Google Drive for easy access
Sign up for various school district hiring sites using this email
Get at least 3-5 professional and personal references
Save those to your email to send when required.
Be proactive: Obtain
Personally email TAPP hiring coordinators to push your resume along
Be patient. This is not an easy 1,2,3 process. This is an investment for your future in order to ensure that some of your student loans are forgiven.