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Teaching in New York

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by jpurohit, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. I'm looking to move to New York from the UK. Is there anybody who works out there or knows of any schools who would sponsor a visa?
  2. suefla

    suefla New commenter

    Search this forum! This question comes up every couple of weeks, just with a different State. Are you talking about New York State or City?

    Short answer is that it's highly unlikely that any public schools are going to spend thousands to sponsor you when there are plenty of teachers available here already. If it's a private school, there's thousands of applicants and you'd have to be the cream of the crop.
  3. suefla

    suefla New commenter

    Another thing to think about. Can you afford to live in New York on a teachers salary.
  4. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Try this for starters:




    There are different types of schools within NYC:

    1. Ordinary public/state schools both elementary/primary and high school/secondary;

    2. Magnet schools - offer specialised maths or other subjects as their core

    3. Charter Schools - private schools that have been developed in the last 10 years or so

    4. Religious schools, both elementary and high schools (usually private)

    5. Private (Independent Schools) primary and high school.

    The ordinary salary for a teacher in NYC is about $45K (straight out of college) to $75,000 (this includes 7+ years experience with some masters' coursework) - if a teacher starts with an MA, then it's about $51,000 a year to start - (so 1, 2 and 4 above); charter schools may pay exceptional teachers $100,000 (3 above) and private schools vary greatly (as they do here).

    In NYC, there are local, state and federal taxes (which would take between 30-40% of your gross) and the cost of renting a property in Manhattan is incredibly expensive; many people live in the boroughs, which would then depend on which subway line was closest to your school, e.g. you wouldn't live in the Bronx if your school was in Greenwich Village, etc.

    I went to university at NYU (in Greenwhich Village) and after my first year (accommodation 'on campus',) I moved to Brooklyn as the F train took about 1/2 hour. You can eat very cheaply in NYC, and most bills are reasonable (except rent, of course). However, the type of salaries offered are very limiting, e.g. you have the disadvantages of living in a big city, but not always the money to enjoy the benefits. In my case, as a student, I had free access to musems or events on campus, but it was frustrating to be broke all the time!

    Finally, I do not think that it would be easy to get a visa to teach there - it may be that you teach a specialised subject, like Math (no 's' in American English) or Science. In my case, I teach Classics and hold postgraduate qualifications, so I would be looking towards the Charter or Private sector if I were to return (I have considered this as you can see from the above! - and am American), but that wouldn't be until my little boy is older, e.g. the cost of the private school and private university is ridiculous in the States!

    best wishes!

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