I've been teaching elementary in Utah for 10 years. Before
that, I lived in Ft. Collins, CO for a year. I took the
state exam (the PLACE exam, I think it was called), got
licensed and subbed, but moved before interviewing.
Now we'd like to move back and are looking at rural
(western CO) locations. I'm now in the process of renewing
my license and we are taking a road trip to CO soon to
visit some areas we like.
Are we wasting our time? I know some of the popular
districts are really hard to get into, but we're looking at
rural areas. But I've noticed that even some of the
smaller towns require the teacherinsight test. I've been
researching that online and it seems ridiculous, according
to people on a messageboard. Those who took it posted that
the test didn't truly measure them as a teacher and their
abilities. So now I'm nervous about this test.
I'm "just" an elementary school teacher, but I have my
masters degree and am ESL endorsed. I'm hoping that will
help me gain employment.
I'm already aware, based on the websites, that my salary
will plummet nearly 30% by moving from the Salt Lake City
valley to rural CO. But I am willing to suffer that by
living in an area that I really happy with.