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Old 04-22-2013, 09:39 AM
 
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Hi, I just got back stateside after a number of years working abroad. I've no intention of staying in my small midwest town. I'm a fully certified teacher so I'm looking at getting into the Seattle Public School system.

Although, I feel as though my best chances are to just move to Seattle, substitute, work as a paraeducator and wait for jobs to open up in the school system.

Are there any teachers or people in the education field who could give me some hints/advice?
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:46 AM
 
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Teacher needs to work on grammar.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:25 AM
 
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Teacher needs to work on grammar.
Grammar and spelling go out the window when typing quickly on the bus.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:01 PM
 
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Teacher needs to work on grammar.
lololol
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:23 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Our state budget is a bit of a mess, and there will be layoff notices to teachers and others in education in May. How many actually get laid off is unknown but they are planning for it. The latest Federal Budget problem has made this even worse.
Generally paraeducators burn out and more are hired due to the increasing workload, but it would be hard to live on that pay.

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Old 04-22-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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My girlfriend is applying now for a teaching position in Seattle. She has 7 years experience as a middle school science teacher down here in Alabama. I'll let you know how it goes. She's just waiting on 3 letters of recommendations before she can finish her application.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:44 PM
 
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Why Seattle? Just Seattle? I'd make initial inquiries to various school districts before moving. Yes, substituting can help get a full time job, but is, of course, no guarantee. Your chances of a full time job will be greatly affected by your experience, specific skills and your willingness to work at various grade levels (especially junior high, based on my experience). You're fully certified in the State of Washington? What are the pre-requisites, if any, to sub? Have you looked into teaching in underserved areas, whether in Seattle or even rural areas far from it? The fact that you worked abroad may help you, especially if you have foreign language skills.

I'd start researching now.
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