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Old 02-19-2007, 10:27 PM
 
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All,

I will be moving to NOVA this summer as my husband is in the military. I am currently a teacher in Colorado and have licenses in New Mexico and Texas as well. I also have a Master's degree and speak Spanish. I had a couple questions for anyone that might be a teacher or has taught in one of these districts. I am an elementary school teacher.

1. Should I depend totally on the automated application system that both districts have or use a more proactive approach? Suggestions?

2. What is the interview process like, I have experienced many, so I would like to be somewhat prepared before I go.

3. Is it mandatory to join the union in order to work as a teacher?

4. How are the teachers treated by the districts?

5. Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently if you were applying for a job now.

Thank you ahead of time for any advice!
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:26 AM
 
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I do not teach in these districts, but do know that they are among the most competitive in Virginia. That being said ,our Hispanic population is growing by leaps and bounds, so your skills will be highly desirable here. From friends, I have heard that you should definitely stay in touch. Hope this helps a little. Good luck!
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Old 02-21-2007, 04:04 PM
 
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I'm not a teacher but here is the Fairfax County website, which you can browse through if you haven't already:

www.fcps.edu
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:39 AM
 
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All,

I will be moving to NOVA this summer as my husband is in the military. I am currently a teacher in Colorado and have licenses in New Mexico and Texas as well. I also have a Master's degree and speak Spanish. I had a couple questions for anyone that might be a teacher or has taught in one of these districts. I am an elementary school teacher.

1. Should I depend totally on the automated application system that both districts have or use a more proactive approach? Suggestions?

2. What is the interview process like, I have experienced many, so I would like to be somewhat prepared before I go.

3. Is it mandatory to join the union in order to work as a teacher?

4. How are the teachers treated by the districts?

5. Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently if you were applying for a job now.

Thank you ahead of time for any advice!

I would join the Union, the interviewing process is very in depth and you will need to be licensed in Virginia before they will look at your resume. The automated system picks out certain words to pass on a resume. Spanish speaking will give you an edge or if you speak another language on top of Spanish. Loudoun County is a great place to work as is Fairfax.
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:55 PM
 
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There are no teacher "unions" in Virginia, but you can join (and pay dues to) the Loudoun Education Association and I am sure Fairfax has something similar. They don't officially bargain contracts, etc but play an active role in the budget and other processes and offer benefits similar to a union in terms of legal representation.

I think the general advice is to be proactive and try to get yourself to the principals that are hiring and not sit back and wait for a call after submitting an online application
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:24 PM
 
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Hmmm, well, this question was originally posted over eight years ago so presumably the O.P. has found a job by now ...
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Old 04-09-2015, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Hmmm, well, this question was originally posted over eight years ago so presumably the O.P. has found a job by now ...
If the OP applied to "Loudon School's", I wouldn't bet on it.
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:29 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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If the OP applied to "Loudon School's", I wouldn't bet on it.
That crap drives me up the wall. I can't tell you how many college educated people think that any word that ends in an -S needs an apostrophe. I can remember learning when a word is a possessive and not a possessive in like 3rd grade.

And I'm not even an English major.
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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That crap drives me up the wall. I can't tell you how many college educated people think that any word that ends in an -S needs an apostrophe. I can remember learning when a word is a possessive and not a possessive in like 3rd grade.

And I'm not even an English major.
That's funny. I thought the other poster was referring to the missing "u".
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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That's funny. I thought the other poster was referring to the missing "u".
Both the "u" and the apostrophe.
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