I have taught the last 16 years in the Guilford County system
(Greensboro/High Point ) and have had a wonderful experience. I
agree with PP that education in NC is going to change - at least
in the sort term - due to our new governor and his General
Assembly. I teach at an Early/Middle college - small school aimed
at first generation college, at risk students and located on a
community college or 4 year college campus. We have a small
staff that really works as a team, and our principal allows us
to be a part of all decisions. Most all of the counties in NC
have one or more of these schools that are sponsored by the NC
New Schools Project. I hate cold weather, so the mountains would
be out for me. The Triangle area is nice - but schools vary a
lot. Chapel hill pays the best of any district in the state with
Wake, Charlotte Mecklenburg, and Guilford close behind. I am old
enough to know that the current education situation will pass,
and meanwhile I plan to teach and make a difference in the lives
of my students. Good luck in your decision!
On 11/28/12, Chuck wrote:
> On 11/27/12, Chuck wrote:
>> I am hoping that I can get some honest responses to this
>> post. I am from Wisconsin, licensed 1st-8th grade regular
>> ed and cross cat special ed 6yrs- 21yrs with an emphasis in
>> EBD. My wife and I are looking to make a move (no kids
>> involved) and North Carolina is one of the top 3 on our
>> list of states to move to. I am sure that you have heard
>> about the turmoil that was set in motion by our governor.
>> From reading about many other states, they are in a similar
>> or worse situation.
>> In your honest opinion, would you share your experiences
>> about teaching in North Carolina? Good, bad, etc. Good
>> districts. Not so good districts. Geographically nice
>> areas. Areas that are not so nice. Any other pertinent
>> information that you believe important.
>> Our options are open and we are open minded. We would
>> appreciate any and all input that you would care to share
>> with us.
>> Thank you in advance,
> Thanks to all that have responded to my post. Your insight is
> much appreciated.
> To clarify my certification..."cross cat special ed 6yrs-
> 21yrs with an emphasis in EBD"...that is I am able to teach
> special education students who are LD, CD or EBD (ED) who are
> 6yrs old to 21yrs old (elementary through high school) and my
> area of emphasis for certification is EBD (ED) in all subject
> areas in.
> The 3 states we are considering are North Carolina, South
> Carolina and Georgia. I do realize that no state is perfect.
> It does sound like there are some definite issues in North
> Carolina right now, and looking like they might get worse
> before getting better. I do not think that there is a
> perfect state to teach in right now. It appears as if
> educators are getting the short end of the stick.
> The way I look at it is that I chose the profession. Although
> not a perfect profession to be in, I have to live with it.
> My heart and desire is in teaching, no matter how bad things
> might seem. The education of our future generations are
> important to me and I know I can make a positive difference
> in their lives. I continue to focus on the positives, even
> though I have to keep the negatives in sight as well. This is
> why I would like to hear the "good" and "bad" about a state,
> district or school. One cannot make a sound decision without
> hearing all of the brutally honest facts and opinions. I do
> thank all for sharing their opinion one way or the other.
> Please continue to respond and share to my post.
> Again, thank you to all of you.
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