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Re: Why no jobs in Loveland
Rodeo

    Here is an example of what you are up against. So you live in Loveland
    which is on the way to Boulder from Denver. Boulder is an extremely
    affluent community. Many of the students there will be children of
    highly educated parents whose vocations are engineering, computer
    work, and other silicone valley type of careers. The schools there are
    servicing large populations of middle to high income white students
    whose parents highly value education. Many of these students will go
    on later to earn teaching credentials. Boulder is one of the most beautiful places on Earth in my opinion.
    This would be an opinion shared by others shared in Colorado. My
    boyfriend grew up in Pensecola, Florida. He wants to live by the beach
    as an adult. He misses the salt air, humidity, heat. I grew up in
    Colorado. I love and miss the mountains, high altitude, dryness. So
    Boulder will have no lack of individuals who would love to get hired
    there to live in paradise and teach children who are highly
    academically motivated.

    But there are not as many positions in Boulder as there are
    applicants. So the next best thing for someone who wants to be where
    they grew up and love or someone who did not grow up there but wants
    to be in the almost mountains would be to end up close to Boulder,
    like in Loveland. Then they are not far from parents, home, the world
    they know.

    Places like these just are not going to have a shortage of teaching
    applicants. You can get hired in Colorado but it will be tough to get
    hired in prime locations like these. Aspen, Vail, Boulder, Cherry
    Creek, Durango, Evergreen, Conifer, and other cherry locations just
    are not going to be easy to get hired into.

    Your odds would be better in places where most people wouldn't want to
    relocate to and where there are not local credential programs churning
    out teachers so relocation is generally required by teachers. These
    are places in Colorado that I would not want to live because they are
    farming backwaters that would be no improvement over living in some
    farm community like in Kansas or Nebraska. For example, Trinidad,
    Pagosa Springs, Buena Vista, Salida, Farmersville and other horrid
    little holes would probably have fewer applicants because they lack
    what makes Boulder wonderful. They tend to lack much impressive in the
    way of mountains, museums, ethnic restaurants, libraries and
    bookstores, etc. Although I still think that there may be Coloradoans
    that have been educated in nearby mountain colleges and will teach in
    those places. Colorado has a lot of really decent colleges that
    service these backwater communities and that provide a much better
    college education than to be had at even major San Diego Universities
    like San Diego State University. Colorado just tends to have an
    educated populace outside of urban Denver. It makes it a tough,
    competitive job market for educated people.

    I am just being honest to how I would see the situation from the point
    of view of a person who grew up in Colorado. To someone who grew up
    there, these mountain towns are some of the most beautiful places God
    made and a great place to raise children. Whether that is true or not,
    there will be enough people thinking that that competition for
    teaching jobs will be high in these places.

    Maybe you could compromise by finding some of the places in Colorado
    that do have a hard time recruiting teachers because not so many
    people want to live in those towns. You might just have to make a list
    of Colorado school districts and start cold-calling and honestly tell
    them that you are trying to find a community that has a challenge
    recruiting teachers.