Sunday, May 10, 2009

Career-changers find teaching jobs aren't recession-proof

When John Sphar was laid off from his tech job after the dot-com implosion, he reinvented himself, becoming a science teacher at Andrew Hill High School in the East Side Union High School District at the age of 55. But because Sphar is a relatively new teacher who lacks seniority, he's one of 129 teachers in the district who have gotten a pink slip, and could be laid off at the end of the year. Other mid-career professionals who came to teaching later in life are in the same boat and wondering if they will have to reinvent themselves yet again. (Dai Sugano/Mercury News) ( Dai Sugano )

People who recently changed careers to become teachers are being hit hard by layoffs in California. Although many of the educators are older and specialize in fields -- such as math, science or special education -- many lack seniority. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)

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