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Old 11-06-2008, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Any good teacher can teach extremely bad kids - even gangster ones. This is what my mom had to do. She graduated Valedictorian Univ of Phillippines / taught very well there then we moved to USA she was working Woolworth / wanted to get a teaching job and applied at the Board of Education but the secretaries kept brushing her away. She applied at Chopin school and got in as a Teacher Aid. There was one unruly very difficult class that was making many teachers quit so she asked the Principal to let her try it as a teacher and she did so well they made her a teacher. Years after and after a Master's she retires at $68,000 yr, pension came to $43,000 / yr + Blue Cross H.I.
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Old 11-06-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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Thanks all for your help on the teaching angle, and I really do have to apologize for my reaction before. It wasn't meant as a slight to anyone on this board, but the response that caused it was totally off topic from my original question, and focused on a subject I know little about. I am not trying to be a teacher, and honestly know nothing about the process. As was said earlier, the schools in the area require some kind of inside connection, which I failed to mention are already in place (professors who where local administrators, and family in upper level positions). If that works out great, if it takes some time in a tougher district so be it. No one said it would be easy.

I was mainly looking for some insight that I couldn't necessarily get from my family in the area, since they live in the suburbs and what not.
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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"It wasn't meant as a slight to anyone on this board?" Yeah right. You specifically demeaned Avenger by 1) telling to keep his mouth shut when he was just trying to give you a heads-up, and 2) belittling his station in life by presuming "missed opportunities" when you have no idea what his opportunities have or haven't been or how he has or has not taken advantage of him. Methinks you still owe him a specific apology.
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:37 PM
 
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I am planning to move to Chicago this June with my girlfriend, she is going to be looking for a teaching job, and I will be looking for a business position ( I know terrible time for that field but I will deal with whatever I can get as long as she can teach in a moderately safe location)

Does anyone have any advice they can give as to where I should look, I personally would like to live in an apartment building in a safe neighborhood. I have mainly been looking at things in the lakeview area but I have no idea as to what crime is like in that region.

I think my main concern is being in a fairly low crime area with access to public transportation, in the $1500 range for a 1-2 bedroom apt.

Any help would be greatly appreciated
Have you all considered a different city?

Chicago for me was a nightmare {I was a social worker that made around $26,000 in the mid-90s, um let me just say I was impoverished on that salary back then, living in a bad neighborhood.}

Don't move to Rogers Park no matter what you do!

Lakeview at least 10 years ago was pretty safe, but hopefully someone can give more up to date information.
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:39 PM
 
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Listen swizzledink, the guy's just trying to give you a heads-up, so you might do well to stuff the attitude if you expect him or anyone else to continue helping you out.

You evidently have zero conception of how brutally competitive the teaching industry is around here. One opening in a halfway decent district or neighborhood will attract hundreds of resumes. If you think your oh-so-accomplished girlfriend is going to waltz right in here and land a job at Northside Prep or Whitney Young, you can forget it. A Harvard Masters in education isn't half as valuable as knowing the right people. It's not fair, it's not right, but that's how the game is played around here. Absent aforementioned connections, it doesn't matter how impressive you think her resume is -- she won't get to pick and choose her position.
You are right about that. It is the connections that get you in, even in the inner city school districts and who you know counts for more. I was looking for teaching jobs and ended up doing residential care. They will take you for that, because it is so rough, NO ONE ELSE wants to DO IT! The competition is HIGH
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:06 PM
 
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"It wasn't meant as a slight to anyone on this board?" Yeah right. You specifically demeaned Avenger by 1) telling to keep his mouth shut when he was just trying to give you a heads-up, and 2) belittling his station in life by presuming "missed opportunities" when you have no idea what his opportunities have or haven't been or how he has or has not taken advantage of him. Methinks you still owe him a specific apology.
Very true,

I apologize Avenger, I took your statement the wrong way. I read your statement as some way of laughing at my ignorance about the area, when in fact you were trying to help. Occasionally people don't take things seriously in these type of boards and I just jumped to conclusions.
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