I have heard the question why are there not more men in Elementary School asked a lot. I have seen several forums on this very topic. Many feel there are just not men who want to teach younger children. This is an absolute incorrect statement.
The truth is principals don't want men teachers. I am not suggesting all principals. They don't believe that men can comfort younger children like women can. I have had many interviews through the year and I have been told by principals I have never had a male teacher in Kindergarten, 1st grade, etc. I have never interviewed a man for this position, but they won't even interview me for a position above 2nd grade due to little experience. They do interview and hire women with no experience in any grade level.
Another teacher alerted me of a job a year ago for a Kindergarten position (I have taught Kindergarten 4 years) and I went on a 50 minute trip just to turn in my resume'. She told me the principal wouldn't interview me because I was a man. She went on to hire a first year teacher and I was told that teacher had no clue how to manage the class. The kids were all over the place all year long.
I know it is not just me and that there are more men out there looking for jobs in Elementary School and also denied over and over again. I have subbed at schools and talked to these men at lunch and at recess. I hear the same stories that I have mentioned.
For principals who are reading this. Have you not watched the news lately? As many parents have pointed out to me, there are more female teachers in the news for criminal acts lately than their are men. So if this is what you are afraid of, it is absolutely ridiculous. In fact, it is discrimination. There are many single families out there. Boys and girls both need a positive male role model in their lives. I and other male teachers can provide this to children.
I won't give up my fight to get back to doing what I love to do, teach. A special thanks to Dr. Ezell my college professor and Mrs. Lee my internship principal who both put me in Kindergarten and believed in me so much they told me I was born to teach Kindergarten. Also, a special thanks to Mrs. Rinehart if you are reading this who gave me my first teaching job in Kindergarten. You believed in me from day 1, I wish I had never transferred and I hope you are enjoying being retired.
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