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Old 02-21-2007, 12:31 PM
 
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Hello all,
I am graduating in April with my BA in Political Science and looking to teach/coach high school. If you could tell me:
What are the best places to live in Georgia? I like diversity, culture and a great social life. I would like to be close to things so that I did not have to drive 45 minutes to get to the store. I want somewhere it is gay/lesbian friendly, can experience seasons, and have a great school system. I would like to be somewhere it is safe, comfortable and friendly.
For schools I would like to be somehwere I know I will get the guidance and support as a first year teacher. How is the begining teacher pay? I was thinking about Atlanta, but would not rule out any surrounding cities or towns. Any and all advice is welcome and I really look forward to hearing your responses. Thank you so much for your time.

cmv1212
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Old 02-21-2007, 01:15 PM
 
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Do you have an education degree as well? Do you have a teaching certificate? It is necessary, in most public schools, to be a certified teacher. Private schoosl not so much.

Georgia takes NCLB more seriously than any other state in the country (in my opinion and I dont' think this is a positive thing). So they are big on the highly qualified thing.
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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What is NCLB? National Certification? If so it is not a requirement to teach in GA. You can get hired on provisional certification fairly quickly, and that gives you a year to become certified. I know several people who have been hired this way...

Gay/lesbian friendliness is strongest in the city...Midtown and surrounding areas. Decatur is probably the friendliest suburb, and it's very urban as well and close to Atlanta (it's inside 285). Outer suburbs won't be unfriendly in most cases, but you won't find the numbers and the community like you would in Atlanta or Decatur.
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:58 PM
 
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NCLB = "No Child Left Behind"
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Oh, that hateful thing! Let's hope that it disappears in the next year or two, or is at least overhauled.
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Old 02-24-2007, 06:51 AM
 
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I am currently a teacher in WI and we are relocating to Atlanta in summer 08. I have been doing a lot of homework on Atlanta and the school districts. Starting teacher pay is $40,100. If you are serious about moving you need to start looking into schools and checking out the districts. Also, are you certified?? You need to get a GA certification. Good Luck
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Old 02-24-2007, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Atlanta/DC
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What is NCLB? National Certification? If so it is not a requirement to teach in GA. You can get hired on provisional certification fairly quickly, and that gives you a year to become certified. I know several people who have been hired this way...

Gay/lesbian friendliness is strongest in the city...Midtown and surrounding areas. Decatur is probably the friendliest suburb, and it's very urban as well and close to Atlanta (it's inside 285). Outer suburbs won't be unfriendly in most cases, but you won't find the numbers and the community like you would in Atlanta or Decatur.
NCLB is No Child Left Behind, which is what's currently driving education and the changes that have been taking place over the past 5-odd years.

In previous years it would have been no problem to be hired on a provisional cert., but starting this school year, if you are provisionally certified in Special Ed, Math, Science, and Foreign Language, some districts will only consider you on an as-needed basis. So in other words, if they can't find a certified teacher to fill those spots...THEN you're in the running. And that's not for all districts...some are only taking highly qualified, certified individuals. This is a federal requirement.

Visit www.nclb.org for more information.
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Old 02-24-2007, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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What do they consider highly qualified individuals?
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