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Old 07-19-2009, 04:46 PM
 
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My wife and I are considering settling in Eugene once she finishes here Dentistry program. I teach Middle School and High School Social Studies, ESL, and I will have a Masters in Educational Media and Technology finished by the time we relocate.

I've been following the threads about teaching jobs being competitive. What about Dentistry? Are there dentists on every corner, or do you think my wife will be able to join or set up a practice in town?

I'm willing to substitute teach for a long time if that's what it takes to establish myself in the school system. It isn't completely hopeless is it? I mean there are some teaching jobs right? I love working in struggling schools with at risk kids as well as migrant students learning English. Any thoughts or suggestions about schools that I should look into for employment would be appreciated.

I should add that this move would not take place until the summer of 2011. We are currently in Michigan so we're familiar with poor employment figures. I'm teaching at a charter school in Detroit and will have 6 years of experience before relocating in 2011
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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I'm sorry that no one has responded yet... I'm not a teacher nor a dentist so I might not be the ideal person to respond... but I do that Eugene right now is a very difficult time to be a teacher as many districts are having to let go of teaching staff to make up for budget woes. One school even tried to get rid of two entire grades!! Parents protested of course, and the school quickly changed their mind... but times are tough here right now for our schools. As far as dentistry... there seems to be a lot of dentists here, a great number of them for a town this size, but I see a lot of people with mouths that look like they could use a good dentist, too! We do not have any fluoride in or water, and it seems to show... I'm from a place where we did have fluoride in our water, and so I have seen first-hand the difference it makes.
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:35 AM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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If I were you, I'd just call the dentist offices & ask the office managers about hiring potential... I heard from an oncology nurse that dentists earn more than oncology doctors. So if you can get a job, the potential is wonderful!

As for teaching, if you have a niche that you can focus on & market, that could be a way around the lack of hiring at the bigger institutions ... Maybe some kind of tutoring for students aspiring for college admission?

Here's a link for the U of O http://hr.uoregon.edu/jobs/classified.php
and for Lane C. C. http://www.lanecc.edu/ .
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:36 AM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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If you're from a flouridated background, the toothlessness here is rather frightening. It seems to be "casual" to go out without one's teeth in...
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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If you're from a flouridated background, the toothlessness here is rather frightening. It seems to be "casual" to go out without one's teeth in...
I wonder if people are forgoing dental care because they can't afford it. With the high unemployment rate all over the state, those without jobs have neither health insurance nor the cash to be able to visit a dentist.

From what I have read, substitute teaching jobs are very difficult to find and if one is lucky enough to find one it is for very small intervals.
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:15 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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I wonder if people are forgoing dental care because they can't afford it. With the high unemployment rate all over the state, those without jobs have neither health insurance nor the cash to be able to visit a dentist.

From what I have read, substitute teaching jobs are very difficult to find and if one is lucky enough to find one it is for very small intervals.
Dental care...

It's partly... a cultural thing??? The part I mentioned about seeing people going around town without dentures is just something I noticed in some of my dealings with people on a social as well as professional level. Most days I'd see a well groomed person with teeth, then one day he shows up without teeth & in casual attire & uncombed hair... Out of about a hundred encounters, this only occurred about twice on my watch.

How about this:

A guy stops to talk to us on the street cuz he knows my bf who works in a mill. He had just introduced himself to me... HE has his dentures in HIS shirt POCKET & he takes them out to SHOW me! *omg*

Same guy then picks "chew" out of the dentures, with flagrant gestures, which I guess he only wears to chew TOBACCO??? x2

The guy was driving a new pickup... I couldn't get the picture out of my head for days. I had no idea where this was going when he stopped at the curb. After all that, he put the teeth back in his pocket. Help me. I can't fathom this

We were so happy when he drove off. He seemed tipsy, so I don't think he'll remember giving us his number if he ever sees us again. We'll just pretend the encounter... never ever happened.

I seriously never met this person in my life.

My boyfriend has all his teeth. I do too. And my family & everyone I associate with does. Well, as far as I can tell, since they don't keep their dentures in their POCKETS! *.*covers Smiley's eyes*

I grew up in South East LA in the '70s & I never saw anyone I can remember without teeth. Maybe they just don't OPEN their mouth in CA if they don't have teeth.

It's partly money, too?. Just guessing... And it seems like a METH thing. All the locals will nod to that.

My career has been in retail customer service. I pride myself on treating people the way I want to be treated because it just feels right & it was the way I was raised to behave...

It is really scary to wait on a scraggly guy who is missing teeth, in his 30's or 40's & he has this wild eyed scraggly girlfriend staring me down like I'm going to steal this guy & then she'll kill me, just because I'm trying to give him friendly customer service. I didn't know whether to laugh or run. She looked like she was going to reach right over that camera & give me a Hawaiian Punch. I guess that was my most dramatic encounter... until the pocket fiasco.

Sigh. Sorry for all that. I just never saw so many toothless people nor imagined it was possible on the WEST coast til I moved to this area. It's the biggest culture shock I've ever, ever had.
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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I have a friend that lives and grew up in Manzanita.
She jokes that you can always tell a local by their teeth.
The reason being that before the touristy business and vacation home business the Oregon coastal areas were rather poor.
To find a good dentist one had to travel south to Tillamook or north to Seaside/Astoria.
And then, those towns didn't have quality dentists.
It was easier to get a tooth pulled and deal with it than travel back and forth several times and spend thousands of dollars on cosmetic dentistry.

Recent transplants to Oregon reeally don't realize how much Oregon has changed in the last thirty years.
They see all the vacation homes and expensive resorts and shiny touristy things on the coast and think it's always been that way.

So it's not necessarily a "fashion statement" or bad hygeine to have missing teeth.
Especially if you were a kid growing up on the Oregon coast in the '70's.
The dental health profession just wasn't there.

And even now dental insurance is so crappy most people only go to the dentist when they absolutely have to.
It's pretty easy to burn up a $1500 yearly dental benefit.
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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It isn't the lack of dentists that people neglect their teeth. It's lack of jobs to pay for the services.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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^^ and the lack of flouride in the water as well.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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In Oregon they are laying off teachers right and left. These laid off teachers get first chance at substituting. Your chances are very slim.

Due to the environment there, a lot of Dentists are looking to move there as you and your wife are. The market is over saturated.

Things like migrant students needing English are not in big demand, due to the population being over 80% white and about 6% Hispanic as the big minority. They have enough teachers already in special ed, etc., which get hit first, with many former employees looking to get back in.

Not a great potential for either of you, but you can try.
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