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Unread 01-04-2009, 02:52 PM
 
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Default Canadians Teaching in Vegas

Hello,

I am a new teacher with one year experience. I am from and was educated in Canada, where I am presently teaching.

I would love to live and work as a teacher in Las Vegas. But was told last year that they are not accepting Canadian teachers. With all of this talk of a shortage, I have found that hard to believe. Could someone please fill me in on the status of Canadians wanting to teach in Las Vegas?

Thanks!
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Unread 01-04-2009, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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I would get the certification nightmare out of the way before I considered going to Nevada.
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Unread 01-05-2009, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Desert Shores, Las Vegas, NV
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My spouse is a new teacher here. The certification process IS a nightmare! Expect to have to submit your fingerprints 3 or 4 times. He was hired in September 07 as a sub, then got hired as permanent full time in October 07. We came from Texas and while they did accept his bachelor's degree, they did not accept the certification he received after college. In Texas he taught high school physics for five years and here he is only able to teach K-8th grade. His original degree from the university was K-8th, but he took additional courses after graduation to become certified to teach high school. Those are the courses Nevada would not accept. He did not find this out until after we had moved here. The communication from the hiring department is not great. The whole process of them checking his credentials took 6 months. He had to repeatedly submit several things, such as a letter from his previous employer verifying employment. You would be better off getting all that done before you move. Also, the education department was going through budget cuts when he applied and they actually had a hiring freeze even though there was and continues to be a teacher shortage!! There will be further budget cuts for the next school year also. The hiring freeze did not apply to math, science teachers and they continue to hire those positions. My husband wound up getting a science teacher position for 6th grade. The school is in Boulder City, about an hour drive from Las Vegas. He does not mind the drive and really likes the school. However, he will probably transfer next year to a school that is closer to our house. I wish you the best of luck!! BTW, we considered moving to Canada if the republicans were still in office in '09. Thank God for Obama, I think Canada would be too cold for me!!

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Unread 01-05-2009, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Desert Shores, Las Vegas, NV
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He told me he has not heard anything about the school district not hiring Canadians. They offer a relocation bonus of $2,000.
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Unread 01-05-2009, 08:52 AM
 
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Unread 01-06-2009, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Originally Posted by nlmathteacher View Post
Hello,

I am a new teacher with one year experience. I am from and was educated in Canada, where I am presently teaching.

I would love to live and work as a teacher in Las Vegas. But was told last year that they are not accepting Canadian teachers. With all of this talk of a shortage, I have found that hard to believe. Could someone please fill me in on the status of Canadians wanting to teach in Las Vegas?

Thanks!
I think the language difference would be a big problem.
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