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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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AM I THE KIND OF TEACHER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?"

We need to have detail on your education and experience to tell, until you complete the attached form or forward us your resume, and attend to the screening interview with us whichever is sooner. Even so, to teach in the public school system, you need to have a teaching certificate in the state you plan to teach, which requires a certain number of education courses as well as student teaching or previous professional experience.

 

"HOW MUCH WOULD THIS PROCESS COST TO ME?"

We offer valuable and personalized consultancy services and resources for prospective teachers in the US and overseas. We spend months in working for the overseas teachers. We need to learn of your needs to determine the actual costs. Essentially, the teacher candidate is responsible for the cost associate with our services to him/her.  We try hard to cut down on the costs as possible. The recruitment services incur some fee payable only if the candidate is placed. Our service fees are among the least.

 

HOW DOES MY FAMILY FIT IN TO THIS?

We place 98% of our teacher candidates in public schools (government owned) with salaries, and benefit same as the American counterparts. It may be enough to support a small family unit, depending on your life style. If needed, our attorney can file visa petition for you and all or some members of your immediate family, as much as your salary offer can support. We assist in negotiating high salary on behalf of teacher because the teacher will pays us some percentage of it in the first year or two for our placement services. 
 

WHAT DO YOU DO?
Do read our mission statement. Sequel to it, L&B teacher recruitment program thrives on a unique merger of consultancy and placement benefits to teachers. We source, prepare, and place foreign teacher candidates who want to teach in the USA schools. We work mostly with agency partners in the international teacher’s own part of the world. We offer guidance to candidates in US evaluation of their academic records, certification, school job placement, handle the immigration paperwork, and guide teachers until they arrive US. When necessary, we continue with the teachers until the transitional period of the work stay closes. 
We have a large pool of experienced and beginner candidates. Over 85% of the candidates come from our partner in other countries. Most of our agency partners sit with candidates' families during the screening process; provide orientation/resources materials, workshops, books, and other resources to prepare the candidates for the necessary transition. We represent the teachers. We encourage schools/school districts to understand that the sourcing (and preparation) of these teacher candidates is a horrendous work on our part as is financially on the teacher's part.  We ask schools/school districts for assistant with relocation of the hired teachers including provision of information about housing in the area, and if possible provide funds to cover moving, placement, and transition costs when the teacher arrives.  However, we cannot force the school/district to agree beyond the offer of job, and necessary assistance with the immigration protocols. 

 

WHAT GEOGRAPHIC AREA DO YOU COVER?
We can place candidates in any school districts in US that are open to mobility of labor.  A greater part of our placements are made in most of the Mid-Western states, some states in the East Coast, and the Southwest. 

 

WHAT TYPE OF POSITIONS DO YOU HAVE?
We place teachers at all grades (kindergarten through twelfth grades) in all areas of education including teaching, guidance, administration, and special services. Our focus is on the areas of greater need such as Special Education, Mathematics, General Science, Physics, and Chemistry.

WHAT SALARY WOULD I RECEIVE?
 Each school district has a salary scale which is reflective of the cost of living in the area. Cities pay more in relation to said cost of living. Where the teacher falls in the scale will depend on years of experience and the degree teacher holds. In many cases, salary is negotiable. We assist the candidate in negotiating a higher salary.  Most public schools start a beginning teacher at a salary of approximately $30,000 per a year. A teacher with many years of experience could receive as high as $51,000, and up to $80,000 for an administrative position.

WHY IS EVALUATION ON MY OVERSEAS TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED?

The state board for teaching licensure to determine your eligibility for a teaching certificate requires it. The evaluation is conducted by numerous independent agencies nationwide. We use the cost effective and efficient ones but any registered foreign transcripts evaluation of your choice will serve.  Candidates should arrange for all their post-secondary academic records be send directly from all the institutions they attended. This should include transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework, as well as transcripts from classes taken abroad.

AM I STILL FREE TO PURSUE POSITIONS ON MY OWN IF UNDER AGREEMENT WITH YOU?
YES! Send us accurate information on any school you may have contacted while in contract with us so that we may follow up on your behalf.

WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR ME THAT I CANNOT DO FOR MYSELF?
We are educators ourselves. We are experienced. The process of recruiting you from your part of world to teach in the USA is rather a rigorous process. Trying to reach school officials from where you are to convince them how well qualified you are for their position can be daunting and unproductive.

Many of our vacancies are never advertised. Much of our time is spent in filling and sourcing new job orders from school districts to place our short listed teachers.  We will help you develop a complete and attractive placement dossier.  All these are very time consuming; we are involved each day in developing and updating our lists.

WHAT ARE PRAXIS AND TSE? ARE THEY REQUIRED?

Almost all the states require Praxis test scores for standard teacher licensure. High scores in TSE test is not a core requirement but we recommend it as it will positions you glowing at the bargaining table.  Praxis test is nationally recognized standardized test for professional teacher licensure. Some states administer their own proficiency tests as prerequisite for professional teacher licensure.  Teachers who meet all basic requirements, but yet to sit for the Praxis exam can be issued a nonrenewable short-term educator license when they would within the year fulfill all requirements for a standard or professional licensure.  TSE, TOEFL, and applicable others are English proficiency tests for nonnative English speakers.  It is important to note that having taken these tests with good scores have a positive effect on the quality of one's dossier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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