“I was nervous about accepting the offer, it would mean a major transition. It would mean living in New York with little friends and no family”. But Mark Doze Jr. did accept the New York City Fellowship and moved to New York June, 2013.
Where to live
After accepting the Fellowship Mark’s first priority was residency. He knew very little about NY and solicited a realtor’s service which essentially required him to fly back and forth from Humble, Texas to New York City.
The training begins
Mark found an apartment in Washington Heights within a week. HIs Special Education training commanded his presence in NY by June. He arrived on schedule and begin his preparation. By July he was certified to teach Special Education in NY.
Follow the leader
A component of “Training a fellow” is field experience. Mark declared his “residency was done at a high school in the Bronx”. He partnered with a lead teacher, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. The partnering had pros and cons but Mark felt it was important to conform to lead teacher’s directives. Respecting the training process is imperative to efficaciously complete the program.
The eight week summer training also involved matriculation in the accepted program. Mark opt to get his masters of Special Education at St. John’s University. As a Manhattanite that meant he had an extensive commute.
Attending group sessions, meeting daily with his lead teacher and coach, as well as six hours of classes, Mark announced he had “no life”. All of his time was directed to assignments.
Get a job
Prevailing the program did not guaranteed employment. It is essential that Fellows attended the new hire career fair conducted by NY City Department of Education. Mark hit it off with the principal at a Bronx Intermediate School. Within 24 hours, she invited him to a second interview with the Special Education Director of that school and he “was hired on the spot”.
Mark currently works as a “push in pull out Special Ed teacher”. He is delighted with his success but warns that the Fellowship is taxing financially. The stipend paid by the NY City Fellowship program is not sufficient to cover relocation, pending expensive or living cost. He recommends advance financial planning.