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Old 03-28-2012, 07:31 PM
 
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Hi everyone! I'm looking to relocate to Atlanta this July and am sincerely hopeful about getting a teaching job. I've applied in Atlanta, DeKalb, Clayton, and Cobb for secondary social studies positions. I've got three years experience and a MA educator license.

Since all these counties create applicant pools, I am not sure of what the actual demand for teachers is. Can anyone speak to this and/or the general hiring process with any of these districts? Any and all tips/tidbits are appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:18 AM
 
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don't forget that we have some independent systems down here too. city of marietta (cobb) and city of decatur (dekalb). i would suggest you also include Gwinnett Co, largest system in the state. within gwinnett there is the city of buford system. good luck.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:32 AM
 
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Teaching jobs are very hard to find here. Don't expect that you will be able to be choosy. Gwinnett just announced that they are increasing class sizes next year, resulting in a net loss of teaching positions. Expect most of the systems to do the same, even if they don't publicize it. In APS, the cheating issues were at the elementary and middle level, so it is possible as the hearings progress there may be openings at the middle school level.

You need to cast a wider net. Look at all the metro systems.

There will be some teachers hired. A lot will come down to luck, finding a position.

Are you ok with challenging schools? If not, you might want to reconsider your plan to locate here. The more challenging schools will have the most openings.

The state is allowing school systems to present their budgets very late this year, so most systems haven't offered current teachers' contracts yet.

If you do move without a job, consider temporary housing as you will want to live close to work.

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Old 03-29-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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Thanks to both of you. I did just apply to Gwinnett for a political science position. There are not many applicant pools in Gwinnett, reinforcing Lastminutemom's comment about decreasing teaching positions.

The plan to relocate to Atlanta is to be closer to my family. That schools are challenging does not bother me. I enjoy the challenge and find the rewards are greater for both teachers and students.

When you say all the metro systems do you mean charter and private schools?

My main concern is being so far away, I'm not able to manipulate luck in my normal fashion (visit schools, personally drop off resumes to principals, make the job fair rounds). Has anyone had the experience of being hired in Georgia with out of state licensure and/or searching under similar circumstances?
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:06 PM
 
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In this market, getting hired for a not high demand field from out of state is going to be hard. You probably need to watch for job fairs (if any systems are having them) and come into Atlanta to attend. You also need to check with the GA PSC to make sure your license transfers. School systems, for fields other than math, science and special ed, aren't willing to and don't need to jump through hoops right now.

These are just some of the public school systems that are in metro Atlanta

Atlanta City Public Schools
Fulton County Public Schools
Decatur City (tiny) Schools
Dekalb County Schools
Clayton County
Cobb County
Gwinnett County
Buford City Schools
Rockdale County
Douiglas County
Henry County
Fayette County
Forsyth County

Metro Atlanta is actually comprised of 18 counties, which if you include the city systems, is about 21 school systems. You will need to research each of them.

Casting your net wide and deep is about your only option and I think it is going to be tough.

Atlanta Schools is starting to dismiss the teachers caught up in the cheating scandal and there may be some openings that result from that, though they haven't been in the classroom this year and may have already been replaced.
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