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Old 03-21-2010, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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Greetings everyone...

I will be attending a teacher recruitment in your city next month and I had a couple of questions. I currently live in the metro Atl area and have been pink slipped as many of our counties are letting people go and some are closing schools. I knew about this event earlier this year and registered last week to attend. My question is..do you all think that there will be many openings or even a great number of people attending? I know that there isn't a sure answer, but I was trying to get a general idea.

Last yr, my county had a job fair..even though we did not have vacant positions. It was done to give the appearance that we were "ok". (inside adminstrator info)..

This is my 14th year of teaching. I'm certified in Elementary Ed and have a Master's degree. I will be taking a test next weekend for Special Ed. to add to my current certification. I am praying for an opportunity anywhere as I am a single mom and I have a child to take care of. Any advice or pointers would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I know that SC school districts have already endured budget cuts, and have just recently been asked to figure out how to do with even less. But, as I said to another teacher moving to this area, people retire & move all the time, so you never know!
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:17 PM
 
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This does seem odd to have a Hiring Fair when clearly they are cutting jobs or at least not adding any.
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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This is why I was asking. I understand that I may not "know" if there are many vacancies or not..I was just wondering since my school system did the same last year. At any rate, I'm going to remain positive.
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:02 PM
 
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My wife works for the district(not a teacher) and lately has been a little worried about her job next year. that being said, I've heard they are "restructuring"(trying to get rid of "unneeded" positions) so maybe they are still in need of teachers and plan on hiring once they've trimmed the fat, so to speak.
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:18 PM
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There is a new elementary school opening in Greenville in August. That, along with people moving or retiring may result in some openings.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:56 PM
 
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Ambersmom---please be aware that the pay is substantially less. I taught in Henry, Rockdale, Barrow and Walton counties 9 of the last 12 years. If I was to teach full time here with my Ed.S., I would make $10K less/year. We moved here last summer for my husband's job and I did not even attempt to find a position in my fields (Elem Ed, Media Spec, and ESOL endorsement). Special Ed may be easier to find though.
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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Thank you..but I am aware of the pay. Gwinnett pays less than the other metro counties. I've made comparisons in this and also noticed that the cost of living was much lower than what it is here. I figured, if nothing else, that I would break even.
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