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Old 03-17-2011, 04:21 PM
 
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I am moving to Las Vegas in June. I currently live in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi but was born and raised in Southern California. I am a Special Education teacher and am hoping to find a job in the same field. One of the reasons I am moving to LV is because my best friend of 40 years lives there. Luckily, I feel it will be somewhat easy to adjust to the move. I will certainly enjoy the mountains, lake, and other recreation available and the fact that my bff and I enjoy many of the the same activities and are lonely at this time in our life. Here on the Gulf Coast they talk about southern hospitality but from what I have seen in the last 20 years it is not a reality. Since Hurricane Katrina live has been more miserable than usual!
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:49 PM
 
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I am moving to Las Vegas in June. I currently live in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi but was born and raised in Southern California. I am a Special Education teacher and am hoping to find a job in the same field. One of the reasons I am moving to LV is because my best friend of 40 years lives there. Luckily, I feel it will be somewhat easy to adjust to the move. I will certainly enjoy the mountains, lake, and other recreation available and the fact that my bff and I enjoy many of the the same activities and are lonely at this time in our life. Here on the Gulf Coast they talk about southern hospitality but from what I have seen in the last 20 years it is not a reality. Since Hurricane Katrina live has been more miserable than usual!
Before the bashers get on here with their gloom and doom statements, let me say welcome to Las Vegas.

Now with that said, I hope that you come with with about a year's living expenses already saved up because you may have a tough time getting a teaching position next year. The Clark County School District (CCSD) is expected to have $250-$400 million cut from their budget for 2011-2012 school year which is going to leave a lot of positions eliminated mainly in specialized fields. Final budgets will be made next month.

The bashers will come on here and say "there are no jobs here" which is not true; however, the job market is extremely tough and finding a job may take longer than you expect which is why you should come here with a year's living expenses.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:55 PM
 
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Luckily, I am a Special Education teacher and have found that these are the last jobs cut. But I am willing to sub since it pays decently. I have thought long and hard about this move but I know that I can successfully find a job with a temporary agency tooo. Here too they are cutting education funds! My expenses will also be cut in half. My bff has already arranged to move to a 2 bdrm in her apt complex and we will share expenses.
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Old 03-17-2011, 05:34 PM
 
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You've got the right attitude and I think you will find a position. Just wanted to make sure that you knew what you were possibly getting into coming out here and not being able to find work as some have here only to bash the city for their troubles.
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Old 03-17-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas via Minnesota
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Welcome to Las Vegas!

I will be moving in June as well. My husband is already there, but I'm here with the kids until they finish the school year.

I'm sure you and your bff will enjoy all that LV has to offer!
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Henderson
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Make sure you get with CCSD and see what Praxis tests or others you may have to take to get Highly Qualified in Nevada or they will not hire you. Nevada is not connected with to many states as far as teaching goes and usually will not give you years worked. My wife is considered H.Q. in math in Ohio and Virginia, but can not get a job yet in Nevada because she must take and pass 2 more tests and math as is Spec Ed is a high need area. We are coming back to Nevada sometime soon and she is going to go to a private school for awhile to see if she really wants to teach for CCSD.
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Jersey City, NJ
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I am moving to Las Vegas in June. I currently live in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi but was born and raised in Southern California. I am a Special Education teacher and am hoping to find a job in the same field. One of the reasons I am moving to LV is because my best friend of 40 years lives there. Luckily, I feel it will be somewhat easy to adjust to the move. I will certainly enjoy the mountains, lake, and other recreation available and the fact that my bff and I enjoy many of the the same activities and are lonely at this time in our life. Here on the Gulf Coast they talk about southern hospitality but from what I have seen in the last 20 years it is not a reality. Since Hurricane Katrina live has been more miserable than usual!
Can I ask why you really want to move to Las Vegas? I realize that it might make sense coming from the Gulf, but it would be to me, like moving from one depressing place to another depressing place. I dont want to be the doom and gloom guy, but seriously... Vegas? I moved from Cleveland to Vegas once and lived there for seven years and realized that Cleveland was almost a little better... sad to say.

Just really ask yourself why you are making the move...

Vegas is not what you might think it is.

I am concerned about your job prospects. Teachers are not in demand. I know you are a specialist... but I still dont think they are hiring. I would not move until you had an offer from the district.
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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this from a guy that admits to living in Joisy City
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:50 AM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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this from a guy that admits to living in Joisy City
It is marvelous. A Jersey City type offering an opinion on Las Vegas.

Just his location reveals his lack of judgement.

Likely he would recommend Sioux City as an alternative.

Special Ed teachers are still in demand. Though the caution given about qualifications should be take seriously and can be worked before you commit.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Good for you for doing special education, too few step up and do that segment of teaching. Naysayers above side, Vegas is like any city - it is all about your attitude and passion.

I have a close friend that just recently started subbing and she had not had any issues with finding work. Like you said, the special ed gives you a slight edge too.
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