Teachers and Administrators include a variety of positions, including teacher, principal, and even Superintendent. In the urban areas of the BC public education sector, education professionals often begin their careers as teachers-on-call (substitute teachers or temporary teachers). In more rural areas of the province, more full time classroom opportunities are available to beginning teachers.
In both urban and rural settings of the province, teachers interested in management generally start as classroom teachers and progress into school based administration positions, becoming either principals or vice-principals. School based administrators interested in district-based positions often become Directors of Instruction or Assistant Superintendents.
Amongst the district positions, none is higher than the Superintendent of Schools. As the Chief Executive Officer of the school district, the Superintendent of Schools is responsible for the organization, administration, supervision and evaluation of all educational programs, the operation of schools, and the overall supervision and direction of the district’s staff.
In BC public education, all teachers are members of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation: the union representing teachers within BC’s K-12 public education sector. Principals, vice-principals and other management positions are not unionized but are often voluntary members of a Principal and Vice-principal associations.
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