KCSnowden at AG.ARIZONA.EDU
Mon Aug 18 16:29:02 EST 1997
I was asked to post this on behalf of Mary Ann Sesma, who reads the
newsgroup but can't post to it...
I would ask you to send this to the newsgroup. I do not belong but
it regularly. This might shed some light on the Post Doc issue. I
be pleased if you would look it over and determine if were something
the New group could use.
Mary Ann Sesma
msesma at bell.K12.ca.us
In 1947, I entered USC, and worked for female Ph.D ( Ph.D,. from
1909) She was good to me, but I had no desire to end up where she
maiden lady, with her hair in a bun, truing up and down University
existing on a pittance. In 1951 (really dates me), I graduated from
USC, and immediately started on a grad degree in "Bacteriology". I had
been much impressed by the work of Avery.
I must have had a premonition about molecular biology and was charging
and down the literature on proteins (L. Pauling, etc.) and panting after
Ph.D. I immediately became ill and that was the end of that
I married and had 3 children. So much for that--nobody wanted a grad
female grad st who was married and had children.
However, there was a need for money. Returning to school I got my
secondary teaching credential for high school in biology, chemistry and
physics (those were the terms then)(. Taught for 28 years in some of
most satisfying deep poverty schools, wrote grants coming out of my
joined the union for teachers when it was finally developed and
saw a contract!!!
Now the pay was miserable: I have my first pay stub and is is 261.99
1952. Ads my children grew I spent just about 50% of my pay on
child care . Yeah, it was a tough go. But I never lost my profession as
scientist--sure it changed from research to teaching in Watts, but there
were a lot of opportunities to do less formal research. When the
became available--I was delirious.
Here is the end of story. Finally after my children were in high
I went back to a state university got my MS in Ed Administration. It
quick down and dirty, and I did not have to do a lot a thinking. In
5 years I became a principal in the Los Angeles Unified School District
one of the first year round high schools. Five years of this consumed me
for about 18 hours a day. Focused my interest on educational research
science and ended up winning about 15 mill in grants. (Yes, I know
were easier to come by in those years) Salary was about 90,000/year.
of the male principals are PE Majors.and I was a SCIENCE MAJOR and had a
big time track record. In other words, I was a major different
Now, retired with a State Teacher Retirement System pay of better than
5G/month, I now work as a an educational consultant for schools and
This is not solving your young problems. GET A UNION. This pay is
intolerable. SCREAM, MOAN, SCREECH and COUNSEL WITH YOUR MENTOR.
INVEST YOUR MONEY, even a little bit. The overload is high in women in
biology with Ph.D's as per Science: they make a whacking lot less than
teachers in a large city school district. I have hired outstand
Ph.D's in science at 45.000 /year plus benefits wihich add to to a +12%.
If a Ph.D. get in a year round school they can make much much more.
The moral of the story: You are entitled to the most you can earn but
have to be top notch to get that top dollar.
Best to all of you,
Mary Ann Sesma
Principal (Secondary, Los Angeles Unified School District)
Co-PI : Hispanic Educational Genome Project, California State
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