Below are the answers to some of the questions we are most frequently asked. Please call our office if you have any additional questions or are interested in registering with our agency. At that time, we will discuss your qualifications and what you are looking for in a position.
WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?
Fairfield Teachers’ Agency provides personalized teacher placement for all subject areas grade pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. Additionally, we provide placement assistance for instructional support personnel such as guidance counselors, school social workers, school psychologists and speech and language pathologists, as well as all types of administrative job searches. Our experienced placement team is committed to understanding the goals and priorities of each individual candidate’s job search so as to make the best possible matches for both educator and school.
WHAT GEOGRAPHIC AREA DO YOU COVER?
The majority of our placements are focused within the state of Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. We also serve certain schools throughout other parts of New York and New England as well as some schools outside the continental United States.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS WOULD I NEED TO REGISTER?
If you have at least a bachelor’s degree, you may be qualified to work in many independent and parochial schools that are seeking entry level teachers, teaching fellows, tutors or assistants. However, the majority of the independent and parochial schools who contact us for head classroom teachers are traditionally seeking individuals with graduate degrees, educational coursework and in many (but not all) cases classroom experience. In order to teach in a public school, you would need to hold state certification in a specific subject area. Many public schools will consider candidates who are in the process of attaining certification provided that they anticipate having all requirements fulfilled prior to their starting date. In some cases, public schools may even be willing to apply for emergency permits for candidates who are in specific shortage areas and meet the necessary requirements. For more information on attaining certification in Connecticut, please visit the Connecticut State Department of Education: http://www.sde.ct.gov.
WHAT TYPE OF SALARY RANGE MIGHT I EXPECT?
The salary range one might expect depends on a number of variables, such as years of experience, level of education and at times extra-curricular duties such as coaching, tutoring and clubs. Although many schools utilize a salary schedule to determine compensation, in many cases the salary is negotiable. Below are some approximate salaries for the different types of schools:
Independent & Parochial Schools: Beginning educators are traditionally paid approximately between $28,000 and $45,000 per year. Experienced teachers can make considerably more and even as much as six figures in some of the top independent schools.
Public Schools: Salary ranges throughout the state of Connecticut can vary greatly, and certain counties tend to pay more than other counties. The entry level annual salary for certain public school districts in Connecticut could be $40,000 per year, while some of the top paying districts could start a beginner closer to $55,000. The top step for a select number of public schools could be as high as $120,000 per year.
IS THERE A CHARGE FOR YOUR SERVICE?
There is no charge to register with our agency, and candidates are always free to apply to any schools they wish to on their own. If you accept a position to which we refer you, there is a fee of 7.5% of your first year’s compensation. Approximately one-third of the independent schools we work with assist with the placement fee.
WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR ME THAT I CAN’T DO FOR MYSELF?
As you might imagine, fifty years in business and over 15,000 successful matches have provided us with a lot of valuable contacts. We have the most extensive and up-to-date list of vacancies available. Many of the schools we work with contact us prior to advertising publicly, and many of the vacancies we receive are not advertised at all. In fact, traditionally over 50% of the successful matches we make are non-advertised positions. These are opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to you.
In addition, we will help you develop a comprehensive and attractive placement file.
When you express an interest in one of our vacancies, your file is sent promptly to the school official who is directly involved with the screening process. Trying to reach the appropriate school officials to convince them how well qualified you are for their position can be frustrating and unproductive. Our placement specialists make it their responsibility to highlight your strengths and point out why you are well suited for each position you are referred.