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  1. emb382

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    How long is your total commute? My school is 50 minutes each way, so I will be driving about 2 hours each day. Is there a particular reason why you have not/will not relocate closer, if you have a longer commute? Just wondering if my commute is normal :)
     
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    I can't imagine ever moving from this county. Well, I can imagine it as I sometimes think it would be wild to just leave, go somewhere, see where life takes us. But, realistically, this is home. :)

    I was willing to drive a few minutes shorter than your commute each day because it was a great district and position.
     
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    My commute is about 45 minutes each way. I choose to commute because it's a good district and we live in a not so great part of town. I prefer to commute than find a school closer by since it's not where we want to be forever.
     
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    I commute about 35 minutes each way. My first year I commuted almost TWO HOURS each way. It was horrible. It was a terrible job too so that plus the drive was just awful.
     
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    My commute is 57mi each way. If there is no construction I can do it in about 70min. It's mostly highway. The first two years it was about 90-120min each way (they were fixing a bridge).

    I don't relocate for a few reasons. First, the school is in a VERY small town and I like to have some anonymity. Second, rent in the town is a lot higher than where I live. Finally, the district that I work in does not have as many opportunities as the larger district that my kids go to.

    I may move after my kids are out of school.
     
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    My commute is 50 minutes each way as well. The districts in the area I live in are extremely competitive and I haven't landed a job in any of them yet.

    On the plus side, I like that I won't run into a parent at the grocery store AND not all of my students know where my house is.
     
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    My commute is only about 15-20 minutes each way, depending on traffic. That's a short drive for this city. :)
     
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    I did commute about 55 minutes my first year. I moved a but closer, and it is currently 35 minutes.

    I have an interview on Monday. It is 88 miles away and Mapquest says it will be an 85 minutes. I have another interview a week from Monday, and it is 65 minutes (70 miles). If I get either of these jobs, I will move about halfway there. I am looking in my home state, and I will have to live with family until my house here in NC sells.
     
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    My commute is about 80 minutes in the morning and 90-120+ in the afternoons.

    I make nearly $18k more than I would in a local district.

    Audiobooks!
     
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    My commute is 25-30 minutes each way. If I get caught by the high school zone on my way home, that can add another 10 minutes or so. I would make $10K more in the district in which I live, but they don't have any openings :)
     
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    I am only 10 minutes from my current school. I previously commuted about 1/2 hour each way. I carpooled with another teacher, and that really did help to pass the time!
     
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    15-20 minutes by car.

    45 minutes by bicycle (55 if I go the longer way with less traffic)

    35 minutes by bus/bike provided I don't have to wait for the bus.

    45 minutes by train. The actual train ride is only about 14 minutes but there's a 15 minute bike ride at each end. And that's also assuming I don't have to wait for the train.

    None of this takes into account headwinds. I generally have headwind each way. It also doesn't consider having to stop for things like flats, adjusting my seat, or taking pictures of pelicans.

    And yes, I complicate my life this much on purpose.
     
  14. TerriInCa

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    my commute

    I start a job in the fall with a 1 hour commute. 30 minute drive to the train, 25 minute train ride, and 5 minute walk.
     
  15. perplexed

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    Mine is 12 minutes.....but will be about 20 next year. Wow, I can't believe how much some of you have to travel!
     
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    Mine is about 15-20 minutes with traffic. I'm still looking into getting a place near my new job for next year- I'm wanting it to be less than 30 with traffic, preferably more in the under 20 range. I hate wasting time in the car. I can't imagine what circumstances would make me live 45-90 minutes away from work. For student teaching I did about 30 each way, and even then it irked me to think that I was wasting an entire hour of my day just driving, plus the gas money of course.
     
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    40 minutes round trip.
     
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    I used to commute an hour and ten minutes one way. I didn't have a house payment so the gas I used was much cheaper than rent/house payment elsewhere.
     
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    I live downtown, and have around a 30 minute commute to the suburbs, mostly highway and reverse traffic so it goes fast. I could live closer, but the area I teach in is the most expensive in the state, and there's a much better social scene where I live.
     
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    1 minute by car

    I specifically bought a house close to work and my husband then sought a new job closer to home. His commute is double mine, but still under 3 minutes.

    For us it was a lifestyle decision. We were both spending at least an hour a day in the car (him closer to 2). Once we had kids we realized what a major waste of time that was.

    When he took the new job he lost a week of vacation time, BUT gained almost 10 hours a week so it was a no brainer. Also, because he is so close to home/school he is able to pop over to see the kids programs, volunteer, etc.

    I realize most people don't always have a choice, but we did strategically put ourselves in this situation. I couldn't be happier with it.
     
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    I'm about 2 blocks from my school. And yes, we chose our house based on where I work for the most part because my husband has a 30 miles commute.
     
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    Mine is usually 20 minutes in the morning and 40 minutes in the afternoon (just different traffic patterns on the road I take). Because of the distance and the tolls that I pay, hubby and I are considering moving at some point. The move would benefit BOTH of us though since we both work in the same area at this point.
     
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    Mine is 25 miles each way. I love my school and don't want to leave; we live here because it's the halfway point for me and BF to get to work (his commute is about 30 miles).
     
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    My commute is ten minutes from door to door. Some of ya'll have quite a drive.
     
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    5 - 8 minutes depending on how I hit the lights (this doesn't count the run through the drive-through for coffee).
     
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    My last job was about a 20-25 min. drive in the a.m., 30-40 in the p.m.

    My current job, when ds is in school is 25 min. but that includes going 2 blocks out of my way to pick up another student & taking both to their school & going to work. 15 min. when I don't have to take the kids to school. I work at an extended year school.

    It takes about 15min. to get home. But this week, a little longer because of construction. Why do people have to zoom past the line & try to butt their way in? If they got in line earlier it wouldn't slow down so much. It's taking an extra 10 min. because of this & the construction is just at an intersection!
     
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    Mine is 10 minutes. I don't think I would like a long commute. There are a few great towns 20-30 minutes from my school that I don't think I would move to just because of the commute. The spring/fall months won't be that bad, but where the towns are situated in relation to lake Michigan causes them to get more lake effect snow than towns just east of them. It could be an hour commute in winter months, and that's too much for me.
     
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    Thanks for all the responses! I am hoping to not make the commute for long.
     
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    4 miles, 7 minutes. I work at the high school that my daughter attended here in town.
     
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    My commute for my first teaching job will be 20 miles, or about 20-30 minutes. Nearly all of that is freeway driving, not in traffic. We are moving for me to have this job, and we're moving to a location that we like. We don't really want to live in the area near my school. My husband will be the one with the hour commute (to the area where we currently live) until he can find a job that's closer. :(

    20-30 minutes (without traffic) has always been my ideal commute. I like driving, and I like having the time to process and just think about the day. Maybe it would be different if we had kids.
     
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    I have a 5 minute walk. It's perfect because SO is a substitute teacher and we only have one car. That way, he can accept jobs anytime, anywhere and we don't have to worry about how I'm going to get back and forth to work.
     
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    About 12 minutes if I catch red lights.:)
     
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    8 minutes if my kids are in the car in time, I'm driving, and we get out into the main highway before the traffice hits---all 10 cars that drive through our rural town.

    12 minutes if my oldest drives us to school, and we get out on to the main highway before the traffic and we don't hit the only stop light in town.
     
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    About 30 minutes. I can't stand driving, so I'm trying to move when my luck turns in the housing market.
     
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    I commute about 30-45 minutes each way, depending on traffic. Right now this is the place where the teaching jobs are. If I were to teach closer to home I'd have to relocate to a suburban district which I have 0 desire to do anyway.
     
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    I haven't really ever timed it, but it's 4 miles from my driveway to my parking spot at work. It's rural road, so there really isn't much to hold me up unless I get caught by the lights at either end of the bypass. I usually don't make it through a whole song on the radio.

    For the first part of my career, I drove a whole mile to work. :rolleyes: Then we got a new school, and my commute doubled to 2 miles. And then I moved, and I doubled it again to 4 miles.
     
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    Does your spot have your name on it? I only ask because one year we all had our "spots". We even joked about it. You only parked in "your" spot. You didn't take someone else's spot, even if it was closer to the door. :D

    I always park in the same spot or very close to it. I don't park in different areas. I have a tendency to "lose" my car. :eek: I forget where I parked it, even at work. I've lost my car at home because I forgot to put it in the driveway one night. I've opened my door & thought my car was gone, only to find it still in the street!
     
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    7-10 minutes (depending on traffic).
     
  39. Ms. I

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    I moved a little over a week ago within the same city, but I'm closer to the schools in my district, so my drive is now about 10 min 1-way to one school & 7 min 1-way to the other. (Before, it was still only 30 min or little less.)
     
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    about 10 minutes. I can't believe so many of you drive so far.
     
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    About 20-27 min both ways.
     
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