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Old 12-10-2008, 06:26 PM
 
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I am thinking of relocating to Colorado and wanted to connect with teachers living and\or working in the Boulder and surrounding areas. I would like to move to the area but I wanted to get information from people that actually live in that region for accurate information - not just the regular info on relocation website articles.

I will be working at a camp for kids with dyslexia this summer in Durango and will be touring the area closely at that time. My main concerns are cost of living as well as finding work at local school districts.

I hold a Masters degree in Educational Therapy and I am a special education teacher with 7 years experience. I would love to network with teachers in the Boulder\Denver area.

Thank you,

Eran
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Thornton
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I'm not a teacher, but I just saved a whole bunch of money on my car insurance! j/k... can't help with the teacher info stuff, but the cost of living difference really depends on where you're coming from. I'd expect Denver to be more expensive than say... Cheyenne, WY, but less expensive than LA. I'm not sure exactly where 91360 is, but based on the 9 I'm expecting west coast, the 1 I'm thinking is Central California perhaps? in which case, I'd definitely say Denver will be less expensive... I'd say a $50k salary in central cal would probably be equivalent to a $40k salary here, maybe even less?
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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Eran, my wife is a teacher as well, and we went through an exhaustive search for her to find a job two years ago. It is difficult with an out of state address to get interviews since Colorado has so many young teachers coming out college.

You should be contacting the state of Colorado now to get a Colorado license. It's not difficult, but there is a tremendous amount of paperwork to be completed, and a fee to pay. Plus I seem to recall her having to submit to a criminal history check and to providing recommendation letters from several former employers/supervisors.

Colorado will only grant a certain amount of transfer of years experience, but with just 7 years experience, you may be okay. At one time I had applied with about 17 years experience, and they would only grant me 11 years of transfer credit which meant an extra six years of work before retirement, and a significant paycut.

Special Ed is a field they are in dire need of, as are most states. If you get on the ball now with all the certification process, you should have a good chance of getting a job, provided your work history and recommendations are strong.

Boulder Valley schools have a good reputation. Douglas County to the south is the largest district in the state, and is huge in terms of geographic size. Realize that with two major universities nearby, they have a constant supply of new teachers who cost much less on the payroll, which matters more and more the longer you teach.

I believe Colorado State University in Fort Collins has a job fair for teachers each spring. It might be worth your while to attend. If you do, you'll see what I mean about how many recent college grads there are competing for the jobs that are open. With a masters degree and special ed certification (provided you have the necessary college hours they require), you stand a good chance of finding work.

I wish you the best of luck in your search.



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I am thinking of relocating to Colorado and wanted to connect with teachers living and\or working in the Boulder and surrounding areas. I would like to move to the area but I wanted to get information from people that actually live in that region for accurate information - not just the regular info on relocation website articles.

I will be working at a camp for kids with dyslexia this summer in Durango and will be touring the area closely at that time. My main concerns are cost of living as well as finding work at local school districts.

I hold a Masters degree in Educational Therapy and I am a special education teacher with 7 years experience. I would love to network with teachers in the Boulder\Denver area.

Thank you,

Eran
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Old 12-11-2008, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I'm not sure exactly where 91360 is, but based on the 9 I'm expecting west coast, the 1 I'm thinking is Central California perhaps? in which case, I'd definitely say Denver will be less expensive... I'd say a $50k salary in central cal would probably be equivalent to a $40k salary here, maybe even less?
91360 is Thousand Oaks, CA.

It is a suburb NW of LA. Think Highlands Ranch, but extremely expensive, with a longer commute to the city.
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