I think the biggest headache you'll have is this: getting
experience credit for your years teaching. Some district
around Denver Metro will give up 6 - 8 years teaching
credit. Douglas County will go as high as 12 for special
educators - due to the shortage. Aurora Public Schools
honored 22 years of teaching for my friend moving in from
Indiana. That's impressive.
You will find the mountain areas are beautiful places to
live but the rural areas pay less. If you're looking for a
larger city - again, you could go to Grand Junction,
Colorado Springs, Denver Metro, Fort Collins, Durango. It's
wide open here! If you could narrow the possibilities to
what region you want to live this would help. Go to the
state department of education website. Somewhere there, they
have websites for all the school districts in the state.
Once you decide where you're moving - then start checking
out local districts. Most districts have a pay scale
Benefit packages are different with every district. Even
retirement plans are different.
Re-post when you decide on your region, perhaps someone
could help with a specific district question. Keep in mind
that all we have here are our personal opinions based on our
experiences - whether bad or good. I personally have had a
great experience when I moved here after 12 years in
Louisiana and I love it here. I did not have a job before I
moved here in June but got one by August. Reading previous
posts, you'll see people who have strong opinions about
various districts. Follow your hearts, dream big and don't
let negative Tnetters discourage you.