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Broadcasting, including Public Broadcasting from North Carolina, dried up for me in 1998. I retrained to become a teacher. I was then told that it took 15 years to become an "effective teacher." I just turned 57 and did the math. I received plenty of good to excellent observations, but was layed off because of funding and lack of students in my small school system. I was urged to earn a Master's degree and teach adult learners. I worked part time at a local community college and loved it. My wife (a respiratory therapist was recruited by Salem Hospital, so we moved to Oregon. We've been here for a year. I have discovered that I have the wrong kind of Master's in order to teach here. Public and private secondary schools, where I have the most experience requires a MEd. They are laying off English teachers and there seems to be a freeze at the community college level. I have decided to go back in and get the MEd. with an English Teaching of Speakers of Other Language certification. I will be 62 when that happens. I have no hope for retirement, I just want to teach in Oregon. The only bright side of my situation is that I will probably be dead before I get a chance to pay back all my student loans (over $100,000). My advice would be take any job a person to get. Decades of experience in a field or advance degrees mean little or nothing unless one is willing to move to North Dakota or Alaska.
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