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Okay, if you follow Amoeba’s blog you already know, but here’s the latest from my personal Department of Wealth and Helfare ….

I interviewed for a part-time, substitute teaching job the other day which required I have a minimum of a B.A. and two years teaching experience.  I have a second interview scheduled with them for next week.  I am debating on whether or not I will return.  You see, they demanded I have a 30k education, but they only want to pay me $10.25 per hour for it.  Menial labor pays more.

In the meantime, I have a similar interview at one of the island’s top private schools tomorrow morning at 10:45 a.m. — keep me in your thoughts.  I am certain these folks pay more and I would very much like to work with them.


  1. I dunno Q. At this point in time making that sum of money is better than none at all. I know you are with tons more than that but at least it would be a paying job and you could keep looking in the meantime. Isn’t there a saying something is better than nothing? I wish you all the luck at tour next interview. 🙂

    1. Thom, not exactly. They’re offering me less than unemployment pays. The rub is, if they do offer it, I have to take it and if I wish to keep my unemployment, I cannot turn it down.

  2. I coulda told ya subbing pays SQUAT! But many states – mine included – do not demand more than a high school diploma to be a sub. However… LONG TERM subs do need to be certified teachers. (and they do make more.) But 10.25 is just about what I made for all those 11 years…. and there was only ONE raise in that time! I certainly will pray for your tomorrow interview – and hope they do indeed offer more!
    .-= Melli´s last blog ..Friday’s Fave Five! =-.

    1. Melli, this is a private Christian school and they want me to sub for them because I love the Lord. I think they should honor the Lord by following the example of the Vineyard manager who paid a fair days wages for the work he hired, even if it wasn’t full-time. Matt 20: 1-15

  3. You have my prayers my dear..most definitely! Most of the job postings in this neck of the woods end up on Craigs List….so I’m spending a lot of time there reading the posts….it’s amazing to me how many folks have the guts to post jobs and offer less than minimum wage! Of course you must be proficient in alll Microsoft apps, Quickbooks – blah blah blah…
    Crazy huh?
    .-= Shelly´s last blog ..The Party’s Over =-.

  4. If it’s a sub job you are seeking, can’t you be employed by more than one school? Who says you have to do all your sub work at one school? Please clarify this with the schools you interview with.

    For example, if you work for the State DOE, you get to pick one DISTRICT and any school in that district will hire you when the need arises.
    .-= gigi-hawaii´s last blog ..Hope this sofa lasts longer =-.

    1. Gigi, if this were the 19th or early 20th century, in my cautious, diffident opinion, the Hawaiian Islands would have no residents of Japanese descent, because they would all have committed seppuku in shame over the condition of the DOE.

      If the People of Hawaii were ever to get serious about education, they would accept it as the common responsibility of all, not a privilege to be afforded to the few. Goodbye Punahou, St. Louis, Mid-Pac, etc. etc. etc. They would throw the entire gaggle of 9-to-5 careerists and burned-out bureaucrats who make up the DOE and replace them with dynamic difference-makers – who will immediately go on strike, shutting the system down, and stay there until the People of Hawaii give them the authority to do their jobs and a wage that will keep them off the welfare rolls while they’re doing it.
      .-= the amoeba´s last blog ..Dude and Dude: Pell-Mell =-.

      1. My daughter is a math teacher at a public high school and does not seem to have many complaints. She was recently promoted to Chairman of the Math Department. This means the elimination of 1 class for her. It is a challenge to juggle admin with teaching, but, hey, that’s why she is getting more money!

        Good luck to Quilly. I hope the interview goes well today.
        .-= gigi-hawaii´s last blog ..Baked Breaded Chicken Thighs =-.

  5. 10 $ per hour ? I love the 25 cents, too generous ! That’s what a cleaning woman gets here per hour !
    I cross my fingers (and ask my cats to cross their paws) that you find something better !!

  6. That is utterly ridiculous that a teacher would be expected to be paid so little. In Australia, relief teachers must have the same qualifications as permanent teachers and are paid at a similar rate – in fact, I believe if a relief teacher works five days a week, they end up earning a little MORE than a permanent teacher, and they don’t have the marking & lesson preparation to do.

    Lets hope that the other school gives you a more reasonable offer.

    1. Mumma — their offer is so reasonable they they named it up front in the job specs, rather then not mentioning it at all until AFTER they’ve asked if I was interested in the job.

    1. Akelamalu, I am going into the unemployment office on Monday to ask some questions. I hope what I lead you all to believe is wrong.

  7. My prayers and thoughts are with you, Quilly. I just realized your problem when reading Akelamalu’s comment. Hope you’ll get a good offer at the end. I really think that you deserve better. Have a wonderful weekend.
    .-= Rosidah Abidin´s last blog ..Friday Fill-Ins #139 =-.

    1. Rosidah — and if not me, the children. If the schools won’t offer quality pay they have to take what they can get, and usually it isn’t the quality teachers.

  8. …and I would very much like to work with them.
    That does it for me. Sack the first one. Go for the second and tell them – “I don’t CARE what you pay, I would very much like to work with you.”

    That sentiment speaks volumes. That is where you want to be, go for it. Hope you get it. You are worth far more than $10 an hour and even if the other job DOES pay that, (doubtful) then at least it is peanuts and you’d be happy at work!
    .-= Thumbelina´s last blog ..The End. =-.

    1. Thumbelina — you’re a jumper, you are. I am a much more cautious sort — which is kind of funny because I certainlky never used to be! It must be all that Amoeba exposure.

  9. I too have just read through and realised your problem. I hope, as Akelamalu said, that you get the job you want (and need) before the poorly paid one offers you anything. But just in case, I would give a really really bad second interview…..
    .-= Thumbelina´s last blog ..The End. =-.

    1. Thumbelina — LOL! I am going to go in and talk to the folks at the Department of Labor. I may have told you something that isn’t wholly true.

  10. Quilly, I understand this better after reading the comments and your answers. Praying this morning that you are offered the job at the private Christian school, God willing!
    .-= kcinnova´s last blog ..Meme from Melli =-.

    1. KC — you’re praying that I get the job that pays me LESS than my unemployment and won’t provide me enough to live on? THAT is what the Christian school has offered me.

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