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Old 01-09-2014, 05:44 PM
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I'm looking at moving from the Cookeville area to Nashville and am interested in teaching. My wife commutes to Nashville and it would just make a lot more sense for us to settle there.

I'm fully certified in Middle Grades (4-8) and History (7-12). Is it difficult to get hired as a teacher in Nashville? I know there is a bit of an old boy's network in my surrounding counties, and many prospective teachers here often have to pay their dues as teacher's assistants or substitutes making next to nothing while hoping to be hired the next year. That wouldn't really be an option, as I would be giving up full time employment to move.

I would prefer to work in Williamson County, as that is where my wife is employed, but I am open to all suggestions from the forum.

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Old 01-10-2014, 11:10 AM
Location: Gallatin, TN
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My wife is a teacher in Sumner Co and her experience definitely was that it is helpful to have paid dues in the county. She might have gotten the job anyways, but it sure helped to have student taught there first. You could probably say that about any county though.

I'm not sure about Williamson County's hiring practices exept to say that they are pretty selective. If you've got experience that will help. A masters' will help too. I would think Williamson would be fairly hard to break into, but it depends on what openings they have.

Metro Davidson would be easier simply because there tend to be more openings. The pay is generally better in Metro than some of the surrounding counties too. Maybe you can luck up and find something in southern Davidson which would be easy for your commute. Likewise, you might look into Maury County or Rutherford County that have growing school districts and neighbor Williamson.

Best of luck and let us know if you have more questions.
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:07 PM
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