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Old 01-23-2012, 06:50 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I know teaching jobs are tough now, but I'm an elementary school teacher

looking for:

family friendly area to possibly open a daycare center

looking for vegan/ vegetarian food

craft and art festivals

nature

new age books and culture

affordable homes

some night life


Not interested in:

highly congested areas
high crime areas
skiing
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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Boulder area fits best, the city itself is pricey, the nearby towns are much more affordable. That's the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD), a searchable term in the Boulder forum.

Manitou Springs, just west of Colorado Springs, is a decent choice for the OP.

Just not sure what "affordable homes" means to the OP, especially coming from NJ.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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I'd say Boulder, if it's not too congested for your taste.
If you want really small town/isolated, you could try someplace like Montrose or Paonia which has a bit of an artistic/new age pocket, although no nightlife.
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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Affordable housing rules out the resorts. Night life, vegan, and New Age crap rules out most of the farming and ranching communities. Non-congested rules out the Front Range metroplex. Not much left. You either must compromise on your wants, or you won't be finding it in Colorado.

And a fiscal environment where many school districts are laying off teachers, not hiring them.
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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Wink As taught outside the box

You might want to consider Crestone.

As spoken of, securing any teaching job in Colorado in the present economic climate should prove sufficiently challenging. So why suggest you run off to a small remote town in one of the more economically troubled areas of Colorado?

Well . . .

Because for one thing everyone more usually is focused on where most of the jobs (of any type) are: the front range. So approaching this in a conventional way will at a minimum lead to a lot of competition. But then also, as you presumably are looking for something slightly different. Boulder could meet many of your criteria, save in no way having affordable real estate, and, depending on how one looks at it, being to an extent compact and congested. Crestone, on the other hand, suffers none of that, although real estate is still not exactly cheap. But for a friendly, artistic, natural area with a high emphasis on the new age, check, check, and check.

As for finding some way to live there, it probably will have to be a business which is locally centered, as anything else is a long drive off. Alamosa, being the largest town and market in the San Luis Valley, is not only a long commute, but in its limited economy probably has all the help in teaching it wants or needs. But there might be some in Crestone who would welcome daycare, and maybe because no one else ever saw that as a viable business in such a small market.

The only saving grace, assuming there is one, is that this unusual town serves as epicenter to an eclectic mix of different religious and spiritual establishments who have chosen to call home. It could be that some of the people that make a point of coming to such a remote place for their spiritual pursuits might even welcome bringing the kids along if some viable way to keep them otherwise occupied at times. Some might be wishing they had such a service right now, or in time others coming to love the idea.

Maybe. That is also what teaching is for.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Arlington, Va
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Rampart Range Rd out of Garden of the Gods in the Springs...

exactly what I came to Colorado looking for
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:37 AM
 
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Idunn ignores the fact that Crestone sits in the midst of one of the most impoverished areas of Colorado, with some of the most financially strapped school districts in the state located there. Even crystal-gazing is not much fun if there is no work.
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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If the OP is a new age entrepreneur, perhaps the line of work might actually be.......crystal-gazing. And the $$$$ comes rushing in.
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:44 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Thank you for all the suggestions!
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