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Old 07-02-2010, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Currently- Grand JUnction, Co
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Hello. I am currently living in Colorado and absolutely hate it here. I have fell in love with Missouri for many reasons. I am planning to relocate within the next year or two and had a few questions.
Does anyone know what the pay is like for school district jobs? I am currently working as a instructional assistant. I did NOT need college for this position, although I have 4 years of college in my background but no degree as it was for something different. I read about Para professionals in MO. The job descriptions sound the same as what I am doing, but some want a degree. Can anyone shed any light on this for me? If I was to get a teaching degree, would I be better trying to get it here in Colo and then moving, or to move and get it there? I am thinking the latter.....
Are jobs really hard to find there right now? They are horrible here, but fortunately I have been in the same position for over 2 years. Is the economy expected to look up in the next year or so?
Thanks for any help.
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:28 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Hello. I am currently living in Colorado and absolutely hate it here. I have fell in love with Missouri for many reasons. I am planning to relocate within the next year or two and had a few questions.
Does anyone know what the pay is like for school district jobs? I am currently working as a instructional assistant. I did NOT need college for this position, although I have 4 years of college in my background but no degree as it was for something different. I read about Para professionals in MO. The job descriptions sound the same as what I am doing, but some want a degree. Can anyone shed any light on this for me? If I was to get a teaching degree, would I be better trying to get it here in Colo and then moving, or to move and get it there? I am thinking the latter.....
Are jobs really hard to find there right now? They are horrible here, but fortunately I have been in the same position for over 2 years. Is the economy expected to look up in the next year or so?
Thanks for any help.
If you do not have a teaching certificate, I doubt if you will make more than $10 per hour, and most likely less than that. I don't have kids so I don't know if the local schools have teaching assistants or not. Sorry no help there.

The upside being that the cost of living is very low here as compared to most places (including Colorado). So it *almost* evens out, but not quite.

Glad to see someone else who hates Colorado.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Currently- Grand JUnction, Co
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Thanks 20yrs. I LOVE Branson by the way. I will be going to church there. Currently I make $11.67 and that is really good for this area, but not near enough to survive. I believe it would even out. LOL I want to go back to college to get my teaching degree, and would be fine with a smaller place for me and my kids until I could make more. I look online at homes, etc all the time and have researched the area in depth. I love it more in person than online even.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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Para pros typically make half of a teacher's salary...so a starting teacher, say at one of the higher paid schools, would begin around $32,000 and the paras being half (normally).

Good luck with your move...it can/is VERY tough to get your foot in the door within this field in this area, but I have seen plenty of para openings lately.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:40 PM
 
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Oh, and meant to tell you...if you are open to being a substitute para pro, they are always looking for this type of help in most of the districts here. The pay is not fabulous, but it gets your foot in the door....which is VERY important in this area, where the openings are just not there (especially not at the "higher" paying schools).

I only know these things because I used to be in education and trying to get back in and married to someone that is in Educational Administration.
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Currently- Grand JUnction, Co
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Thank you. Hopefully getting my foot in won't be too hard. Am willing to work in Springfield, that city is 3 times bigger than where I live....
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