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Old 07-14-2010, 08:50 AM
 
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I am from a big city growing up and currently live in a bigger city. I applied to a position in education in a very rural town. This would be a very big change for me but one I am ready for and I think I would be really excited about the challenge. Anyways looking at the website and who is working there now it seems like every single teacher is from that very small town or at least the county. I was in shock how is that possible? Will that hinder me coming in from a different part of the country and a large city. I went to a great college and have all the skills I am just concerned about this aspect.
What are your thoughts??
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:00 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Only Lived in a 'small' town for work for about 9 months, Other then that i've been in Mid-sized towns. New people in small town can take some time to 'warm' up to you till they find out what you are all about, but will be friendly, The Pace is slower there, and thing will take more time to get stuff done. No one is in hurry. Keep the Local events and schedules in mind when you give out homework/projects. In some areas School close for 1st day hunting season. Others have huge numbers of students out on 1st day of ... Sport are big, so keep the night time schedule in mind and give several day for homework to be done, So you students can plan better around there other activities. Good Luck. I enjoyed my time in a small town Pop=1000/area=4000
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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In small towns, there is usually a lot of pressure to hire people 'from here' for the good middle class jobs left like teaching positions. Helps keep families and the community together and prevent brain drain to the nearby 'big city'. They'll only hire outsider if they absolutely cannot fill the job with someone who grew up in the area.
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:12 AM
 
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that is what it seems like literally everyone is from the area grew up there went to high school there that sort of thing. they new right away i was from somewhere else originally. i guess my fancy education wont get me this gig
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Stroudsburg, PA
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Another thing to keep in mind is your acclimation to a slower-paced life. I live and work in a smaller town about 2 hours west of NYC. It's become an appealing area for city-folk to move to because they can buy a nice, big house for way less than what they would spend in the city, and still commute to the city for the higher wages. Anyway, many have a hard time adjusting because they aren't used to having to drive everywhere. In the city, there a variety of restaurants and stores, and access to public transportation within walking distance. However, depending on how small the town is, there may not be reliable public transportation or otherwise easy access to the simplest of amenities. And many small towns tend to have a ghost town appearance after a particular time of night wherein restaurants and stores may close earlier than what you are used to. You may find a smaller town to be boring by comparison, not to mention a lot darker and quieter at night than in the city. You may want to consider spending a week in that small town to get a glimpse of what your new lifestyle may be like.
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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My only concern would be is how you are viewed as a person. Some small areas aren't real welcoming of new faces. Others are.

Being connected in a small town can be wonderful. You are really part of it all. People care about eachother. You are *somebody* and not some nameless face. OTOH if everyone views you as an outsider life will suck. The area I live in is welcoming to outsiders as long as you fit in. Not to hard to do. I joke that the area has a good ole boy network, but it is not to hard to join the club.

I grew up in San Francisco and love the small town life. But then again I love nature and doing outdoor activities. Never a boring moment.

The thought of living in a big city gives me the chills.
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