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Re: Teacher's Way of Life in Colorado
Michele

    Thank you so much for your response.
    In Colorado Springs and Denver metro areas (where we would
    like to move) do teachers pay incredible amounts per month for
    health insurance? I went to a website for a Denver district
    recently and it appeared that the health insurance that they
    take out of your paycheck every month was sky-high. I may
    have read it wrong.
    How is the pay in these districts? What is the average salary
    for a teacher with masters and 4-5 years experience? Also,
    what is the average cost for a home? I really want to know if
    my 2 boys, my husband, and I can live comfortably (not rich or
    anything) in Colorado while both of us are teachers. Any
    thoughts/advice?


    On 12/29/07, dog has bad ears wrote:
    > Michelle,
    >
    > 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
    > online too.
    >
    > 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.