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Old 05-04-2010, 09:41 AM
 
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I am a 26 year old single female that has been looking to move to Colorado for a couple years now. First I had to finish grad school and now I am trying to get more job experience. As a teacher, it's been difficult to find openings in Colorado as opposed to Virginia where I'm stuck...

The advice I need is what area to choose and if it makes sense to wait it out another year or just go for it...
I love Fort Collins, Denver area (Golden), and Boulder. Colorado Springs was okay, but not on the top of my list.

I run marathons, hike, backpack, and love the outdoors. I like ethnic restaurants and all non-chain places. I'd like to be surrounded by diverse people that share similar interests. Also, I'd like some water nearby (like the Ft. Collins Reservoir). Any suggestions or tips are very welcome!
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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Your best bet to find a teaching job in Colorado is likely to be in Denver, followed by Colorado Springs. Boulder and Ft Collins are both college towns of note, so you are likely to face much greater competition in those smaller towns, due to a ready pool of graduates to fill the openings if/when they arise. If you can find a teaching position in Virginia, my advice would be to snap it up, count your lucky stars, and acquire some experience that could improve your chances of eventually getting hired in Colorado. Four years ago when the economy was still humming along my wife ( wth 16 years teaching experience in Virginia ) found an opening in Western Colorado. It can be done, but it is far more challenging in this current economy.
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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Ditto. Denver metro area is largest area with most school systems. Boulder is good but pricey, though nearby areas are affordable. Fort Collins is good too but may be smallest pond in which to fish for a job.

Tons of info in this old thread that's currently active in the Denver forum.

Largest selection of ethnic foods will be Denver.

COLO SPGS is right at the base of the mountains, has some excellent school systems (D20, D38, D12, D8) and easy access to outdoor stuff (but no real lakes), though Golden and Boulder aren't far behind in nearness to mountain areas.
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:39 PM
 
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I am an Ohio teacher also looking to relocate to Colorado. I also found myself trying to choose which city I would like to reside but then the lights came on and then I realized that I had to reside wherever in the state I could find a job!! So you might to keep that in mins. You might have to start in a very rural district your first year but once you are in the system you can go anywhere in teh state(provided there are openings). For instance I have interviewed in the Springs are but have sent my resumes as far as Telluride. A good resource I use is CASPA and www.teachincolorado.org. Good luck!
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:10 PM
 
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The only place you'll find a good variety of restaurants is Denver (and Boulder).
The only place you'll find a diverse set of people is Denver (and Boulder.)
You can do the outdoors activites you like anywhere in Colorado.
Lakes are scattered throughout Colorado.
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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mrplease wrote:
You might have to start in a very rural district your first year but once you are in the system you can go anywhere in teh state(provided there are openings).
I think you got it backwards. Teacher salaries in rural areas of Colorado are regarded as high paying positions relative to the wages earned by most other rural residents. This dynamic makes teaching positions very competitive, especially in a glamour town like Telluride. The best chance of finding an open teaching position is likely to be in the bigger cities like Denver and Colorado Springs. With the economy being what it is, even that may prove quite challanging. But, where there is a will...there is a way! It just might be more challanging than anticipated and it might take longer than you think. Hang in there, and good luck.
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