Commuting time

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  1. JXG

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    Hey!!
    I just wanted your opinion on commuting times. So, right now, I'm currently at a job where I commute about a half hour (with traffic) from home. How long of a commute is too long for you? Should I look at a town where it is about an hour commute going and coming?

    **The reason I ask is that I want to leave the place where I am now, (hence why it is on the job seekers page). Like, would you have a job where it's a half hour away, but bad organization or an hour away but good organization?
     
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  3. cupcakequeen

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    For me personally I would have a hard time doing the hour long commute thing. During student teaching I was placed at a school that was on the absolute outer limit of how far away we could be from my university. It was, with traffic, a solid 55 minute drive.

    I loved everything about my student teaching placement- I love the school, the kids, and my cooperating teacher. But I will say that the drive almost killed me. I was even lucky enough to be able to carpool with a classmate who was also placed there. But we had to leave by 6 am (school started at 7:15) and that was rough for me as I am so not a morning person. Towards the end whichever one of us wasn't driving would almost always fall asleep in the passenger seat. I really need an above average amount of sleep to feel my best, so for me I would prioritize a moderate commute unless the school was awful.

    That being said, I would probably be okay with half an hour but no more.
     
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    I like my 20-30 min commute. Give me some "me" time.
     
  5. MrsC

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    I've been spoiled by a commute of less than 10 minutes for the past 12 years or so. If I ever chose to leave where I am, there are a couple of administrators who are so fabulous that I would consider a much longer commute to work for them again. I'm at a different point in my life now, however, my kids are grown and I'm on my own, so what time I arrive home isn't as important.
     
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    I commuted an hour each way to work at an outstanding school with great admin and lots of opportunities for four years.
     
  7. linswin23

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    I think it depends on your personal preference. My first teaching job I commuted up a mountain pass that was not only dangerous, but 45-minutes to an hour long depending on traffic. After a few months I found an apartment close to my school--it was one of the best places I have worked.

    I'm not a commuter, but if you don't mind it than go for it.
     
  8. JXG

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    Awesome advice! Thank you so much. I'm just having so much trouble with the current school that I'm in, that I want to resign ASAP. I've been applying to different places and I even got an interview for this upcoming Monday.
     
  9. JXG

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    Oohh yes they are. It also takes me about 30 mins from West New York to Newark in traffic...and that's if I leave early since school starts at 8am at this charter school.
     
  10. MissScrimmage

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    I do an hour commute each way and this is my 8th year doing it. I'm hoping to transfer closer to home next year, but the hour was worth it to work at a school I love.
     
  11. Bunnie

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    At first I wouldn't mind an hour commute, but my long term loan is to be less than an hour to work. So if that means I need to move for a great job I would. I currently have that flexibility and I did do that for my latest position.
     

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