Aug 27, 2008
On 5/01/08, Rodeo wrote:
> 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.
I don't know why anyone would want to submit themselves the the liberal
backwoods thinking that goes on in Boulder and put up with parents who
look down upon teachers. Isn't Boulder educational politics constantly
on TV...why would anyone in their right mind want to work in that
environment. As far as Boulder being the most beautiful place in
Colorado...wrong again...nothing is better than the sunset on the wheat
fields (if you can find any that remain) with the shadow of the
mountains. Please don't listen to RODEO...probably ROWDAYO instead of
the real Coloradoian who says ROW DEE O! Give the armpits of Trindad and
other places a chance. We are not stuck up liberal thinkers...we are
true Coloradoians at heart.