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Old 04-17-2007, 03:10 PM
 
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Hi Everyone,

It seems like there are a lot of posts on here about transplants from the North, so I'm sorry if this is repetitive but I couldn't find another post with what I"m looking for.

I'm from Ohio and will be graduating from college in 3 weeks with my degree in early childhood education. I'm looking to move to NC for a teaching job and I know there are lots of opportunities! I've met with several districts and have recieved a lot of great info. from job fairs up here in the cold snowy north, but I'm looking for an area that will fit me.

I want to work in a more urban district - I like the diversities and enjoy working with kids that need help, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to throw myself into working in the innercity. I want to live somewhere close (if not in the same city that I will be teaching in) but somewhere safe. I will be living alone! I also cannot stand the country! I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, so I do not fit in the rural areas. I've been trying to research different places, but it's difficult to know exactly what places are like online, so I'm hoping that you all can help me out! I am also planning a visit to the state after graduation.

I am currently looking at Asheboro City Schools. From talking to the HR people, it seems like the type of school district I would like to work in. But I don't know what the area is really like. Other places I'm looking at are (basically by county b/c I only really know about the school districts): Robeson County, Montgomery County, and Newton-Conover.

Any and all information would be incredibly helpful!! Thanks for taking the time to read this loooong post
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Old 04-17-2007, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Hi Everyone,

It seems like there are a lot of posts on here about transplants from the North, so I'm sorry if this is repetitive but I couldn't find another post with what I"m looking for.

I'm from Ohio and will be graduating from college in 3 weeks with my degree in early childhood education. I'm looking to move to NC for a teaching job and I know there are lots of opportunities! I've met with several districts and have recieved a lot of great info. from job fairs up here in the cold snowy north, but I'm looking for an area that will fit me.

I want to work in a more urban district - I like the diversities and enjoy working with kids that need help, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to throw myself into working in the innercity. I want to live somewhere close (if not in the same city that I will be teaching in) but somewhere safe. I will be living alone! I also cannot stand the country! I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, so I do not fit in the rural areas. I've been trying to research different places, but it's difficult to know exactly what places are like online, so I'm hoping that you all can help me out! I am also planning a visit to the state after graduation.

I am currently looking at Asheboro City Schools. From talking to the HR people, it seems like the type of school district I would like to work in. But I don't know what the area is really like. Other places I'm looking at are (basically by county b/c I only really know about the school districts): Robeson County, Montgomery County, and Newton-Conover.

Any and all information would be incredibly helpful!! Thanks for taking the time to read this loooong post
All the ones you mentioned are pretty rural county areas. If you want a more urban teaching experience you need to situate yourself near to Charlotte or Raleigh/Durham. That would be Mecklenburg county or Wake county.

Of the ones you mentioned above I believe Newton-Conover is where I would personally go. Congrats on your graduation
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Old 04-17-2007, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I would echo lovesMountains assessment of the counties you have currently applied with/looked into. I would also look at Asheville (Buncombe County); Winston-Salem (Forsyth County); Greensboro (Guilford County); Chapel Hill (Orange County); Durham (Durham County); and Wilmington (New Hanover County) if you want something even remotely close to what you have available to you in the Cleveland area. There are any number of reasons to choose one over the other. Wilmington would have the best year-round climate and is the largest city on the coast. Chapel Hill is the home of the University of North Carolina's flagship campus and has easy access to both Raleigh and Durham. Charlotte is the largest city in the state with plenty of Northern transplants, professional sports teams, and entertainment options.
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:10 PM
 
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If you want an urban area, I would suggest Raleigh or Charlotte- Raleigh is very diverse and has a lot of great opportunity and a promising future. I can't help you much with Charlotte, but have heard it's a very nice place as well. If you have any questions about Raleigh just ask.
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:29 PM
 
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NeedHelp,

The area you mentioned, Asheboro, is not very urban at all. I would say for what you described you would be happier in an area such as Charlotte or Raleigh/Durham. I personally live in the Charlotte area and LOVE it. BTW, my daughter is going for Early Childhood also, she will be transfering to UNCC in the fall to start her Soph. year there.

Have a GREAT day!!

Jim McGuire

Last edited by SunnyKayak; 09-03-2007 at 09:40 PM.. Reason: REALTOR SOLICITATION
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:17 PM
 
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Default Okay, I'm officially confused

Now I don't know what to do!!!

At first I thought about moving to the Charlotte area, but I didn't really hear anything promising about the schools so that turned me off. Have I been misinformed??

I honestly didn't think much about the Raleigh area... I will have to look into it! Are there any specific areas that you could recommend?? Any particular reasons why these areas?? Same with Charlotte??

Thanks for all your advice! I'm terrified of making the wrong move!
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:47 PM
 
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Now I don't know what to do!!!

At first I thought about moving to the Charlotte area, but I didn't really hear anything promising about the schools so that turned me off. Have I been misinformed??

I honestly didn't think much about the Raleigh area... I will have to look into it! Are there any specific areas that you could recommend?? Any particular reasons why these areas?? Same with Charlotte??

Thanks for all your advice! I'm terrified of making the wrong move!
If you were a seasoned teacher I would beg you to come to Charlotte. We really need teachers. Unfortunately, the majority of ones that come want to be in the nice, new suburban schools when what we need is dedicated teachers in our struggling city schools. It really takes a special, experienced person to stick with the high poverty schools.

But for getting your feet wet and not getting scared off from your calling, I highly recommend you apply in Raleigh - Wake county schools. Overall their school system has better schools spread more evenly across their district. Charlotte is twice the size of Raleigh and we deal with more impoverised kids than anyone else in the state. Wake county is a NICE place to live, and teachers seem very happy there with their schools. Being so close to some of the finest universities in the country would be good for someone your age wanting to meet other young people too. Check out the little town of Carrboro for a nice place to live Good luck!

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Old 04-19-2007, 03:22 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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All the ones you mentioned are pretty rural county areas. If you want a more urban teaching experience you need to situate yourself near to Charlotte or Raleigh/Durham. That would be Mecklenburg county or Wake county.

Of the ones you mentioned above I believe Newton-Conover is where I would personally go. Congrats on your graduation
Ditto!!!!!
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Old 04-19-2007, 10:02 AM
 
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to "need help" I am in the exact same boat! Do you have anything figured out yet? I also live in Ohio, and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I want to get out of this pit!
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Old 04-19-2007, 10:56 AM
 
Location: West End, NC
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If you're looking in Asheboro, drive south on 220 and visit Moore County. Southern Pines, Aberdeen, and Pinehurst. We're suburban. 1 hour south of Raleigh 1:10 south of Greensboro, and 2:30 to the beach. We have all the suburban amenities (dining, shopping, and recreation) and very little crime. School district is in the top 10 of the state. It's much nicer than Asheboro, or anything in Montgomery County. Cost of living is cheaper, too! 1 BR/1Ba in a new apartment (fireplace, ceiling fans, Pool, etc.) will run about $500 per month.

Give it a shot! Just a little more homework for you.
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