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Old 02-22-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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OK...I have heard many negative things about Yuma, I am hoping to find a job teaching in Arizona and I know Yuma needs teachers. Is the only reason people don't like Yuma because it is a small town, in the middle of know where? I live in a small rural town in Illinois now and love it! The small town I mean, the cold Illinois winters I am very sick of. Do you think for someone who is used to the small town atmosphere would like it there, or are there other reasons to avoid the area?
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Old 02-22-2008, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Yuma, AZ
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are there other reasons to avoid the area?
Maybe if you don't like earthquakes. The Yuma area has had a rash of mag 5 shakers in the past few weeks. Even so, I still love living in Yuma... Home Sweet Home for the past 15 years.
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Old 02-22-2008, 09:28 PM
 
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You have to like the heat to live in the desert. Yuma is very hot and it will last until Oct.
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Yuma, AZ
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Yuma is very hot and it will last until Oct.
My son wakeboarding on Thanksgiving Day last year.
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Old 02-23-2008, 06:15 AM
 
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What an awesome picture!!!
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Old 02-23-2008, 01:56 PM
 
Location: In the North Idaho woods, still surrounded by terriers
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Please do not relocate to Yuma or ANY southwestern city without spending a summer there first. There are absolutely lovely places in northern Arizona where the summers are moderate and the scenery is gorgeous but Yuma is not one of them. It's a big, southern AZ city, not a small town, and I know the people who live there love it...or why would they live there? But I hate seeing folks getting into something they are not ready for and a southern AZ summer is a real shocker for many. Possibly that is WHY they need teachers so badly...
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Old 02-23-2008, 02:26 PM
 
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I think someone used to a small town atmosphere will like Yuma. We're an agricultural / snowbird / military town. All 3 of these groups tend to be salt-of-the-earth "normal" people. Even rich people here are mostly agriculture or business owners. Yuma is ~ 1/2 or more hispanic - again, pretty normal people. This weekend everyone is at the Air Show at Marine Corps Air Station. Last weekend it was the SIlver Spur Rodeo. We're bigger than a small town (~ 100,000) so more restaurants and shopping than you're used to. But why people move here and complain that 1) it's hot, 2) there's no nightlife, or 3) there's no 24 hour fill-in-the-blank I don't understand. It is what it is.

I would think most of your challenges as a teacher would be similar to what you face at home. Not many kids who are going further than high school, not many parents pushing / expecting their kids to excel. Lots of single moms, lots of ESOL kids, lots of little gangbangers.
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:27 AM
 
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I say go for it. If you don't like it you can always move back but why not give it a shot. There are a ton of mid-west teachers in Yuma. Good luck!
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Old 02-24-2008, 01:01 PM
 
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I wouldn't recommend teaching in Yuma. I currently work in the Foothills which has some of the best elementary schools in Yuma. I am teaching first grade and have about 6 boys in my class who act like little thugs. I had 2 boys say he wanted to kill someone, one show his genitals in art class, two of them showed the middle finger, one boy said Kiss my a## to the whole class, one boy put another in a headlock, one boy wanted to throw a chair across the room. I could go on but I really don't want to. Even my principal said I have a bunch of jerks in my class. I don't want to teach in Yuma any more. I never had this many challenging students in one class when I was student teaching in the Midwest. I hope to find a job back there this summer. I am considering leaving teaching but I thought about trying a different school first to see if it got any better. Here in Yuma teachers don't get a lot of support, unemployment is high so many parents don't work, and there are a lot of parents basically doing slave labor because they are illegal immigrants and can't find any other job. Oh, did I mention you also have to deal with groups like T4S who come in and all they do is criticize your teaching.
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Old 02-24-2008, 01:31 PM
 
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Thank you all for the feedback. Everyones advice is very helpful. I will definitely take everything said into consideratoin when making my desicion.
Thanks again!!!
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