If you are open to going anywhere, what part of the country
would you like to call home? Do you want to be within
driving distance of your family or are you OK with flying
home to see them for the holidays? Do you want to be in or
near a city, small town, or "out in the country"? How much
does the climate play into your decision? Do you have
friends or family that you would like to be near?
There are many areas of the country where teaching jobs are
hard to come by and other places where they have a
shortage of teachers. I live near Washington DC and it's an
area that is growing and transient because of the military, so
there are lots of teaching and no- teaching jobs. Most
everyone is from someplace else originally and there are 3
airports. On the other hand, it's expensive to live here and
the traffic is some of the worst in the country. The winters
are milder than the Dakotas and when it snows or is icy,
everything pretty much shuts down (like today).
DC has a mix of public, private, and a lot of charter schools.
They struggle with the issues of a large urban population,
Maryland is a CCSS state and Virginia is not. Virginia is, in
general less expensive to live and where many young people
live. The school divisions (districts) cover the whole county
as there are few cities in Virginia.
Good luck with your decision!
On 2/15/16, Beth wrote:
> Hello All,
> I have lived in the state of South Dakota all my life,
> and when I graduated from college I was hired in my
> hometown. I told myself after three years I would be brave
> and move. However, I am at a crossroads and where to
> know that my window is closing as far as applying;
> I don't just want to throw applications out like they are
> dandelion seeds. If you are able to share any thoughts or
> suggestions on your states and districts, it would greatly
> be appreciated. Thank you!