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Old 03-26-2010, 06:26 PM
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I am curious if anyone has any current information on the chances of landing a teaching job in the Tarrant County area. I am an elementary teacher with 19 years experience. I am currently in California, looking to relocate to Keller or Fort Worth this summer. I have my master's degree, ESL experience, and I am a site Technology Coordinator. I have done all the online applications and am planning to attend the May 3rd NCTASPA Job Fair. Any insight or tips? Thanks!
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:59 PM
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run a search for teaching jobs and you will get lots of threads popping up
some of them have good info about getting your CA certification recognized in TX--
you need to be certified to meet "highly qualified" status--some districts are ONLY taking apps from teachers with that qualification
some districts aren't taking apps from alt-cert people who need their first year of teaching to complete certification--
it just depends on district and individual's qualifications...

Fort Worth ISD is declareing financial emergency so it can plan laying off teachers and cutting some program aspects
Financial Exigency Looms- Reaffirmed in Fort Worth ISD?
link to blog about it

Fort Worth ISD Faces $43 Million Shortfall - cbs11tv.com
article from last year about budget shortfall there as well

Keller ISD--link to last year's budget for this school year
Board approves 2009-10 Budget, Tax Rate (http://www.kellerisd.net/community/communications/news/Pages/Boardapproves2009-10Budget,TaxRate.aspx - broken link)

think it is going to have trouble funding same level of support for the 2010-2011 year--
District officials warn of looming financial crisis | Keller Citizen (http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/03/16/2044511/district-officials-warn-of-looming.html - broken link)

it apparently faces two choices--declairing a financial emergency or having a bond issue--same as FTW

Crowley ISD is facing same situation
Even Southlake Carroll had budget concerns this year...because of dropping revenue in Southlake...

Region XI is the TEA area for Tarrant county and others adjacent
check it out--has jobs link with all ISDs in the region posting their vacancies there

frankly--unless you have qualities that districts are really looking for (and your technology coordinator could be that feature) going to a job fair is often just wasted time...
IF you don't get a real interview time in the AM--usually interviews run long and people with afternoon slots just don't get seen...
Try to confirm as many face to face appts that you can...

send in resumes to any principals whose schools seem viable--principals are the ones who do the hiring normally in their bldg--but with the problems that some districts are facing, personnel offices make take more of a hand in sorting job openings than before...
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:32 PM
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While not in tarrant county, I did noticed Lewisville ISD has TON's of openings for bi-lingual teachers. If your ESL expirence is in Spanish you will have a much better chance than those without. Some ISD's are still offering a bonus for bi-lingual and Special Ed teachers.

Keller as I mentioned in another thread is opening a new campus next year a combined intermed and MS (5-8) they are now activly looking for teacher to fill the school.

yes, many are facing budget issues etc... so it will be tough in districts like Carroll, Grapevine Colleyville etc... that are not opening new schools, you will have better luck in the districts that are opening new campus in the fall.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:44 PM
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Default Keller ISD jobs are scarce

I live in Keller, and want to get back into teaching this coming year. I am certified for many areas, including ESL. I last worked in Lewisville ISD, and it’s a fine district but I got to where I hated the commute. I too saw how many jobs they have available so I might end up applying there anyway.

I am actively seeking jobs closer to home, but I talked with a Keller teacher just yesterday who said Keller will not be hiring at all for next year. It is because of the budget shortfall… there is going to be an RIF (reduction in force) across the district. And yes, they are opening a new school, but they’re evidently planning to staff it from within (all those people who might fall to the RIF I guess). Anyway, she was really trying to help me understand how hard getting hired was going to be. Her words were kind of disheartening. Having said that, of course you should go ahead and try. I am. And the other poster was right—KISD might just need a technology person.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:03 PM
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Chamisa, How long did your commute take from Keller to Lewisville?

Although Keller ISD is having budget problems, and they may say they are not hiring, they still recently posted openings for 2010-2011. Not sure what to make of that... I did apply there but am not holding out much hope.

I also applied to Fort Worth ISD, Lewisville, Castleberry, Denton, Lake Worth, Birdville, Northwest, and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw. I have not seen openings in HEB, Carroll, or Grapevine/Colleyville.

Best of luck to both of us! Are you planning to attend any job fairs? Thanks!
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:31 PM
Location: DFW Area
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There are teaching jobs out there. Do not get scared away. I was told the same thing by one on this forum right about this time last year. I was offered positions and I was not even certified in Texas yet. I ended up getting several job offers and landed a position that I love in a wonderful district. So, just put out those applications and keep the faith. If it is meant to be, it will happen. :-) Stay positive and try not to let the negative get you down.
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:01 AM
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just so the OP will know, what is your teaching field, SC Friend---
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:19 PM
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Mansfield ISD might be your best bet as they are growing very fast and opening new schools, but in this tough economy even that might be hard. Good luck!
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:20 AM
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I think even Mansfield is feeling the pinch--I know someone teaching there now who had taken off to have her second child and stayed out for the rest of the term...
she managed to get hired for this school year by her old principal (at a new school) for one of two spots open at that school--
she went to the head of the application line because she had connections. a past history in the district...
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:36 AM
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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[LEFT]Northwest ISD (http://www.nisdtx.org/northwest/site/default.asp - broken link)

Northwest ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state and attracts more than 1,200 new students each year. Located north of Fort Worth and west of the Dallas metroplex, Northwest ISD has a vision of becoming the best and most sought-after school district where every student is future ready: ready for college, ready for the global workplace, and ready for personal success.

The Northwest Independent School District covers 234 square miles and serves 14 communities in parts of three counties. The district of 14,000 students is expected to nearly double in size during the next five years and could have as many as 90,000 students by 2030.

Northwest ISD has two high schools, three middle schools, 14 elementary schools, a special programs center and a community-based youth residential program. In August 2010, the district will open its fourth middle school, an accelerated high school, and will relocate Roanoke Elementary School. [/LEFT]
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