Calling all VA teachers!!!

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    So my husband is being relocated to VA this summer. I will be starting the process of getting a job in Henrico County VA. I am asking for anything and everything you know about this school district and VA all together. I know nothing about this school district except for the things I read off their website. Since I have only taught for two and a half years I am having to retake the praxis and their reading writing exams. Has anybody taken those exams? What are they like? I have filled out the application waiting on my references and then I will send it off. Will they call me for an interview if they like what they see? Who would I interveiw with? This is very different then where I applied for the job I have. THanks again for all your help!!
     
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    A few years ago I was looking at their credentialing website. It said if you have taught at least two years with a credential in another state, you didn't have to take any further tests to get a credential in VA. So I guess you would need to provide proof of your teaching experience, in addition to your credential and education. That's all I know. :)
     
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    The website now says three full years which is why this is so upsetting because I have two and a half years. They wonder why they can't keep teachers....:(
     
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    It has to do with Va. law -- you are considered an "at will" employee in Virginia until you have completed 3 full years.

    Virginia has one of the most sought-after certificates in the country, because it is accepted by reciprocity by almost every state in the Union.
     
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    I see...it is just frusterating because I am terrified to take these exams. I just hate that a few years ago I paid all this money to take the Praxis II (just not the #14)...and now I am just have the feeling that I wont pass these exams. Also Henrico county doesnt post their job lisitings so I don't know how you know a school has openings. Should I send out resume even though I haven't taken the exams yet?
     
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    born2teach, I doubt their exams are any tougher than the exams for other states. They are all made by the same two testing companies.
     
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    They aren't any harder. Virginia does require a higher score than the surrounding states, but it isn't hard to do. Get a prep book and study, and you'll do just fine!
     
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    In NC all we had to take was the praxis I and praxis II which I do have to say took me a few times to pass. :( I am headed out to B and N to get some books to study with. I am just not a great test taker.....
     

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