For the past six years, I have been a teaching assistant and most recently a certified English teacher/paraprofessional in the Bridgeport Charter school where I work. While I have a contract, I am a contract employee and I am paid on a per-diem basis with no vacation or holiday salaries.
But this year, I learned from our principal of a great opportunity to cross certify and become a special education teacher. Of course, it was a long shot, because, once again, a Praxis examination for certification was in my way. However I learned that a full-time position might open for the fall of 2019 and if I passed the certification exam, the principal said he would consider me and felt I would be a good special education teacher.