A state that doesn't value education
Teacher (Current Employee) – Santa Fe, NM – May 12, 2017
You know what you are getting into if you are a teacher. In New Mexico, it is especially tough. With some of the lowest teacher salaries in the country, and most schools title one, you will work hard, and the state will most likely tell you, you are awful at your job because they rely heavily on test scores and most of your kids probably learned English as a second language. That being said, your kids will be awesome, your principals supportive, and you will have a good amount of autonomy to do your job in the ways you see fit. I encourage you to give as many years as you can to the kids as you can, they deserve it, and you will be proud of the work you do if you can avoid getting too tied up in what the state thinks about your test scores.
semi-progressive district, autonomy, support, ability to do real good
Low pay, uphill battle, NM Pub education dept.