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How difficult will it be to get hired as a teacher with a DUI on my record?

I am wondering how much more difficult it will be for me to get a teacher job with a DUI on my record from when I was younger. I have had no offenses since and am a semester away from student teaching. I get nervous thinking about what will happen once I graduate because I fear I may be judged because of that mistake I made. Has anyone had experience with this ? And please, no lecturing. I recognize my mistake and have moved on and improved my lifestyle. I particularly would like advice on what I might say during the interview process when this is mentioned. Keep in mind, I am fully qualified and passionate about teaching early childhood. I am truly a good person, I just had a rough time in my late teens. I am sober now and have worked very hard to get to where I am today.

Asked By: Kristen - 12/9/2012
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I think it will be difficult but I also think you will find employment. Demand for teachers continues to grow, and I think most administrators would forgive a youthful mistake such as a DUI when it comes to hiring decisions. You may have to relocate to find employment, but that's the case for most applicants anyway... More
Answered By: Mike S - 12/10/2012
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it may affect but I think it will not really be a major problem,its the training that matters.on how you teach,how to interact with children or are you good and nice in front of children. Plus back to the DUI thing it happened years from now which you we're still on your teenage life which is a long time ago. meaning... More
Answered By: Celts Leprechaun - 12/10/2012
 
I think you need to be honest with who you are and who you were. Will you find it difficult to get a job in a nice little country school where people are horrified by drinking? Yes. How about a tough school where the kids don't respect teachers who they see as having nothing in common with them? I think you'd be highly... More
Answered By: cathrl69 - 12/10/2012
 
For every teaching job posted there are over 200 fully qualified applicants the next day! At least that is the case in Maine. They are looking for reasons not to hire applicants. And you have a good one.
Answered By: William - 12/10/2012
 
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