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Old 08-02-2007, 11:10 AM
 
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Er, um, can an elementary school teacher find employment in this within western NC at all? Gobs and gobs of experience, decades worth even. . .
For all you teachers out there, who might be thinking about moving to the mountains. . . besides inquiring on this forum I have been doing other research. Unfortunately, this forum has not been very helpful to me for the purposes of information. I guess the folks on here don't know much about the job outlook for teachers. But I have a hunch that, while there is not the dire teacher shortage in the mountains that there is elsewhere in Carolina, there is still a need for teachers, and that there are jobs available. See below. If a job fair is being held, and 18 districts are showing up, prospects can't be that grim.

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EVENT INFORMATION

North Carolina Mountains Teacher Job Fair

Event Sponsor: Other Association or Organization


Event Type: Job Fair


Primary Category: Teachers


Sub-Category:


Event Dates: 5/21/2007


Brief Description: Join us in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina at our annual Job Fair. Visit with representatives from our 18 school districts and our charter schools. Attend information sessions with DPI on licensure issues and meet with a lateral entry specialist.


Our Job Fair is sponsored by the Western Region Education Service Alliance.

For more information and to register for the North Carolina Mountains Teacher Job Fair, please go to WRESA. At the website you will find a variety of information that will help you begin your teaching career in Western North Carolina!


Location: A.B. Tech -Enka Campus


Address: 1459 Sand Hill Road


City: Enka


State:NC




CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: April Spencer


E-mail Address: aspencer@wresa.org


Phone Number: 828.418.0011 ext 120


Web Site: WRESA





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Old 08-03-2007, 05:11 AM
 
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I moved here from Ohio. Live in WNC. Yes, there are teaching jobs. More at the elementary level. Yes, there are community colleges that hire adjunct instructors. I taught school in Ohio. The pay wouldn't be what it is in NY..not even close...but it's definitely not the worst. However, you may not have the "issues" you have in NY either. Things are VERY laid back here...that is something you definitely have to get used to...

IF you stay in the Asheville, Hendersonville area...there are more "college educated" families.
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:07 AM
 
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I moved here from Ohio. Live in WNC. Yes, there are teaching jobs. More at the elementary level. Yes, there are community colleges that hire adjunct instructors. I taught school in Ohio. The pay wouldn't be what it is in NY..not even close...but it's definitely not the worst. However, you may not have the "issues" you have in NY either. Things are VERY laid back here...that is something you definitely have to get used to...

IF you stay in the Asheville, Hendersonville area...there are more "college educated" families.
Hi, TKHK.

I am soooooo ready for laid back. I've been spending more time during the summer in WNC where I have family--in Franklin & Asheville. There are usually always more jobs for elementary, wherever you go. There's five community colleges in WNC in dire need of adjuncts. As in other parts of the country, colleges don't want to spend the money to hire full-time employees, which is bad for the teachers and for the students--and it's why the quality of higher education is going down.

I'm sure it would be very easy to get a part-time position, but not a full-time one, at a college. But as I said, I'm figuring there are jobs for HS teachers too. I love my kids here, but I am just generally tired of the strain of living in the big city. Where are you in WNC?

Maryellen
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Old 08-08-2007, 12:06 PM
 
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Default teaching jobs in wnc

i just got a job in rutherford county nc. its not exactly in the mountains but in the foothills. chimney rock is 45 mins away. i had 3 interviews in wnc and got 3 offers. housing is still very reasonable and people seem friendly. after nyc you may be interested in asheville but beware of the sandal clad, tye dye wearing, vegan, only read kafka, pretentious *****. see comments on asheville. i hate bush as much as anyone but cant stand the sight of grown men in sandals and the word vegan makes my skin crawl. i havent been there but the comments ive read on this web site put me right off. salaries are not so great here but the cost of living seems cheap. i think its wiser to stick to areas near the mountains where you ll find decent services and are still very close to those pretty mountains and youll find nice little towns that are yet to be discovered by developers and you can buy 2 acres and do your own thing. we are moving from there from spain. hope we dont regret it.
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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...you may be interested in asheville but beware of the sandal clad, tye dye wearing, vegan, only read kafka, pretentious *****. see comments on asheville. i hate bush as much as anyone but cant stand the sight of grown men in sandals and the word vegan makes my skin crawl.
Please don't stereotype against Asheville. You probably haven't even been here.

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i havent been there but the comments ive read on this web site put me right off.
Oh, OK. I will refrain from stereotypical comments about the people of Rutherford county, even though I HAVE been there...
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:45 PM
 
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Default sorry cooperwx

sorry bout that, just started browsing comments today and have seen tons of negative stuff about asheville, high housing prices etc. i plan to move to rutherford county and would love to hear your views, positive and negative. i will go to asheville one day to see for myself whats cooking over there.
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:33 AM
 
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I can only respond with what I know about where I reside....Mitchell county...and yes things can be that bad...one of the highest drop out rates in the state, limited positions (4-6 opening per year) generally given to locals not based on qualifications, bad budget situation resulting in cutbacks, one of the worst masters level teacher ratios in NC, a lot of funding done by supplemental programs that do not work but do give these programs the political clout to get involved in running the classrooms, lots of politics in job decisions, a firmly suggested mandate to not teach until early testing is done (about 4-6 weeks of baby sitting...yet still poor testing results...so basically our students are not learning and politics takes precidence over teaching...and no one seems to care. On the positive side we have a new super who on the surface seems to "get it" so things may get better at least until he falls into the politics of the mountains.....good luck but I would say away from Mitchell County.





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Old 08-10-2007, 11:44 AM
 
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Sarge...I am in Asheville a lot, and live in Mitchell County...IMHO Asheville is the worlds largest small town....you still have "city" problems yet with the small town politics. Just look recently at what the officer that kicked in a door, assualted and arrested someone for flying a flag in a manner he personally did not like got away with (which there is no statute against by the way).I moved from Charlotte/Tampa and the blatant politics is truly incredible in the mountains...at some point you will either succumb to, just not care or just get tired of trying to do anything about it. It is not even like they try to hide it here...google Kennedy Frye accident/Rutherford county accident kills toddler or Pinebridge drowning and you can see exactly what people can get away with here if they are "connected"...or the Mitchell County jail fire which the State Supreme Court just recently rendered a decision that allows the victims of the fire to seek damages...and the county STILL claims no responsibility...this is a great place to live as far as natural beauty but it ain't paradise. On the positive side you usually don't have to wonder if there are underlying politics...there are right up front about it....
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Old 08-10-2007, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Upstate SC
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My wife and I watch what loosely passes for local news here in Asheville (WLOS) and nearly every night we have an "only in Asheville" moment. Whether it's poor policing (the flag mess mentioned above), poor government (see the current Pack Square deed debacle), or the worst produced television newscast in the US (and there is only one local newscast, the others are from Greenville SC), Asheville has it. I like living here and the weather here is hard to beat, but there are just so many anomalies. At least it keeps it interesting!
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Old 08-13-2007, 04:13 PM
 
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i just got a job in rutherford county nc. its not exactly in the mountains but in the foothills. chimney rock is 45 mins away. i had 3 interviews in wnc and got 3 offers. housing is still very reasonable and people seem friendly. after nyc you may be interested in asheville but beware of the sandal clad, tye dye wearing, vegan, only read kafka, pretentious *****. see comments on asheville. i hate bush as much as anyone but cant stand the sight of grown men in sandals and the word vegan makes my skin crawl. i havent been there but the comments ive read on this web site put me right off. salaries are not so great here but the cost of living seems cheap. i think its wiser to stick to areas near the mountains where you ll find decent services and are still very close to those pretty mountains and youll find nice little towns that are yet to be discovered by developers and you can buy 2 acres and do your own thing. we are moving from there from spain. hope we dont regret it.
Sorry, I haven't been on here for a few days. It's good to know that you had three interviews and three offers. I have been to Asheville and scoped out the place (my sister lives in Fairview--right outside the city; she's what some of the locals call a "half-back" b/c she came up from FL). I don't feel quite so negative about Asheville as you. The city seems to be caught in a 60s time-warp, which is cute, really. Asheville is not "urban" to me, and I would be happy moving to any part of the mountains, I think. I think some NC folks stereotype NYorkers. Unfortunately, b/c of the media and the TV, NYork is a bit of a cartoon to most folks in other parts of the country. So I am wary of that generally, but I truly believe you can find people to relate to wherever you go if you keep an open mind and an open heart. Good luck with your move. Maryellen
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