How do you change careers at 55?

September 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm in Work & Money by trurofox

I’ve been teaching for 13 years now. Nine of those years have been with gifted learners. I am passionate about meeting the social/emotional and intellectual needs of these children. However, in recent years I have become increasingly disillusioned with our educational system. The emphasis on standardized testing, NCLB, and data have left so many children behind. I really want to get out of the classroom and ideally, use my education and experience to train educators in how they can meet the needs of gifted learners. I have explored the possibility of teaching on the college level but that has not panned out (schools are cutting back drastically). I would even like to become a parent advocate for these kids. The problem is I have no idea how to go about doing this. Would a career coach be useful? Who could help me explore this?