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    Wanting to teach in rural CO
    Susan

    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.

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