Georgia, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina Teachers....Please Help!!

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  1. Youngteacher226

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    I am very interested in researching the job market in these states. Can anyone guide me or give me info on what districts or counties are good to work in in these states? Where should I begin my search? Which districts/counties offer the best situation for someone like myself who might relocate with a very fragile state of mind. :( Meaning....I will be away from friends and family and just need a good job situation that will make me not want to move back home. (i.e. salary, community, good place to raise my kids etc.)

    Any info is greatly appreciated. I am so ready to get the search going and line up some opportunities for next school year. If you know of any "teacher recruitment" opportunities, that would be great too!!

    Thanks a bunch. :hugs:
     
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    By the way, I named these states because I am interested in relocating to Atlanta (but I know there are many different counties to apply to there), a nice district of Maryland (any) or Virginia, Charlotte and any good district in Florida. Thanks.
     
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    I lived in Georgia for a long time and went to high school in Cobb County. From what I understand, the market in Georgia is not necessarily the best. I know a number of teachers who were laid off (but luckily re-hired) and they contend with furlough days. I live in Maryland and I wish I could give you more info about the market. When I first started teaching in Maryland, districts were hiring hundreds of teachers but not so much anymore. I live in one of the nicest districts/counties in Maryland but the competition to get into the county school system is stiff.

    I don't know much about Virginia but from what I understand Fairfax County hires hundreds of teachers each year, still. This area in general (what locals call the DMV) has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country hovering in the 5-6% range.

    Good luck!
     
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    And I'm also a little biased because I have come to love this area because of how close I am to DC. I love hopping on the metro and being in the District whenever I want. :)
     
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    Thanks for the info sstager!! I actually love the DMV area as well and I only visited once. From the one time I visited, I knew it would be an ideal place I might want to live. From what you are saying, it seems like Virginia might be more of an option for me instead of Maryland. I've actually only visited DC & Maryland but not Virginia. I will do some more research on that. That helps me out alot.

    Irishdave, thanks for the link! I'm checking it out right now! :)
     
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    I have lived in MD my whole life and been teaching here for 18 years. The job market is tough right now in the more elite counties. You probably would have no problem getting hired in a more urban (PG or Baltimore City) area, or the very rural Eastern Shore. Pm me if you want more, or more specific, info.
     
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    In Maryland I know that Baltimore County got rid of some positions and did not hire any new teachers. Baltimore City offered an early retirement and lost many veterean teachers. I imagine that Baltimore County will be hiring next year.
    I know that Montgomery county is a great place to work, but is very difficult to get into.

    Good Luck!
     
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    Since you're thinking of Atlanta, that might be the best place to check. They just fired several teachers and admins due to the cheating scandal on their standardized testing. I'm sure the job market is still very tough there (just like everywhere else), but that is the one place I know of that just got rid of several teachers.

    This site allows you to look at any district in GA and see what jobs are available - Teach Georgia. That doesn't necessarily list EVERY job in each district, but it should give you some idea.

    North Carolina doesn't have a one-stop site like that, but what you can do is look up any area you might be interested in, find out what county it is in, then google the school district for that county. NC doesn't have that many big "urban" areas. I know that Buncombe County (Asheville) had several jobs listed at the beginning of summer. You could also check the school systems around Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Durham, Raleigh, Fayetville and Wilmington.

    I assume you could do the same for the other states as well. Good luck on your job hunt.
     
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    I was going to suggest Atlanta, but the phrase "very fragile state of mind" stopped me.

    It sounds like Atlanta will be having some openings. But I don't think they're for the timid-- it sounds like it's going to be rough going for the teachers of Atlanta for the forseeable future.
     
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    I don't recommend Florida. All sorts of crazy things are happening with this governor and the things he is doing to education. Jobs are also few and far between, even in the high demand positions.
     
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    Hi Young,

    I can tell you a little bit about Maryland and the three counties I am familar with.

    First, there is Prince George's County which is predominately African American and Hispanic. (Bowie, which is a part of PG County has a higher diversity rate. Thats where you will find Blacks, White, Hispanics and Asians side by side in classrooms)

    Depending on what part of PG County you're in, the people are either extremely affluent (there are a lot of million dollar homes there) or they might be lower income if you're near the DC/MD border.

    In PG County, there is a program called, "The Resident Teacher Program" that allows for people who did not major in education, but have a college degree, to become teachers. You begin the program in May, then from June - August you spend the first half of the day student teaching and the second half of the day attending classes. Then, you take the Praxis I and Praxis II. If you past, you get a provisional teaching certificate and start teaching in the Fall.

    While you teach, you attend one, 3 - 4 hour class per week and at the end of that first school year, you do a portfolio. If you get a passing grade, you get your 5 year teaching certificate.


    Next, there's Montgomery County. This area is predominately White. The people have a lot of money there and there are a lot more resource at the school. You get more hellicopter parents because of that. Sometimes the kids are extremely bratty because their parents make enough money to spoil them. You have very few title one schools in "Moco" as many refer to it. The cost of living in much higher than PG County. I have a friend there that pays $1,500 for a one bedroom apartment in a nice area.

    Lastly, there's Howard County. I don't know much about it except they pay teachers a bit more and they rank very high for the state in terms of testing. A lot of teachers talk about wanting to go to Howard.
     
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    Teach in Florida is a good website. They may still have a recruitment fair in June. Also, some counties do their own. PP is right-it isn't so great right now, but there are jobs some places. My district hired this year and my daughter's is also hiring. So, depending on what else is out there, you may want to check. I like the weather and only being an hour or less from the ocean in most places!!Good luck with your search.(I have taught in 3 different states and it isn't easy leaving family and friends. At times, I wish I lived closer!)
     
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    So I'm going to have disagree with the comments about Montgomery because that is where I live. The county itself is actually very diverse. While the majority may be white, we have a lot of people who are from foreign countries (including A LOT of diplomats that live in the county). It is true that a lot of the county is very affluent but not all of it. Additionally, there are a number of title 1 schools because the county is very large and covers a vast amount of area including rural, suburban, and urban. I wouldn't make generalizations about the students being all "bratty" because that is not really fair to variety of people who live here. While the cost of living is higher in MoCo, we don't have a lot of the same issues PG has. Additionally, property taxes are actually higher in PG than MoCo but MoCo has some of the best schools in the country. I personally cannot sing enough praises about the county I live in. I probably would not teach in PG county because it's not a really a departure from working in Baltimore City. Not to mention all of the issues PG is dealing with after the corruption scandal of the former county CEO and within county government. And I'm not really sure how many teachers they're actually hiring this year due to cuts and from my understanding, a lot of the classrooms within the county are definitely pushing the limits on class sizes to save on costs.

    Montgomery County is very competitive. I went to the screening interview for the county last week and the staffer told me it went very well. Too bad I didn't have it sooner since I had already accepted a position in a charter school in DC. With that said, the county is very large but they have not been hiring too many teachers in the last number of years.
     
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    And you left out a number of other counties in MD. I live in Anne Arundel, and I teach there, too. We have areas of extreme wealth and areas of extreme poverty - title one schools and million dollar mansions and everything in between. It's about a half-hour to 45 minutes (with traffic) into DC, closer in some areas. A good amount of my parents at school commute to DC and VA (and so does hubby)
     
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    I only left out Anne Arundel and others because I don't have enough information about the county/counties. I only gave information about places I have either worked in or lived in.
     
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    My mother in law teaches in Northern Virginia for Loudon County Schools. It's about 45 minutes away from DC and is still a growing area, as they are still opening new schools. She is paid very well and the county offers assistance to county employees to purchase homes at reduced rate. It's worth checking out.
     
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    Wow! You all gave me tons of useful information! It's so much, it's a bit overwhelming at first, only because I am not familiar with all the different counties etc. I am going to look into each one mentioned one at a time. It's going to take a while. I know sometimes, some of those schools come to my area for teacher recruitment. We have an annual teacher recruitment day downtown in my city where districts from all over the country come to grab teachers. I'm hoping some of those districts mentioned plan to come.

    Thank you all so very much! By reading your posts, I already have some places in mind where I would like to go. Now I have to do the foot work. It seems like Maryland and Virginia are ideal only because they seem to be closer in case I want to come home to visit. Plus, it just sounds like the kind of communities/districts I want to work for. I've already browsed the D.C district and NYC school district and bookmarked them just in case. I wouldn't mind working in an urban area, that is the kind of community I work in now.
    I'm nervous, but excited to start the search.
     
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    Good luck, youngteacher226! You're right, this area might be good for you because of how close it is to NY. It may be overwhelming but everything will work out the way it's supposed to for you!
     
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    Apply NOW. Do your homework after you get the call for an interview.

    FYI, I'm pretty sure NYC has been under a hiring freeze for quite a while.

    Every day you stall now is one day when someone else may get YOUR job.
     
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    Thank you sstager!!:)
    Aliceacc, you are so right! My plan is not to make a move until next school year (2012-2013) but I will get on it and I plan to attend teacher recruitment events in my city. We tend to get some of those districts who come to grab some of our NY teachers.

    Thanks to everyone who gave me good info and advice! I plan to travel this fall & spring to some of these places to get a feel for the areas! I'm really excited!
     
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    Honestly, I would stay away from Florida. There is NO tenure for any teacher who does not already have it. You would be an annual contract teacher forever. There is some hiring going on but nowhere near what it used to be. There are hundreds of applicants for each position.
     
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    It really depends on what type of environment/challenge you want.
    I live on the Prince George County side of MD, and some parts of this county are literally like night and day. On one hand this is the most affluent Black county in the COUNTRY, but drive a few miles inside the beltway and it feels like you are right in the middle of DC. So some schools in PG (typically inside of the beltway, closer to the dc border) are going to have the same issues typically found in an impoverished urban environment. BUT if you come to the northern/eastern part of the county, where you have people living in mansions (literally, google the Woodmore area of the county), the educational environment changes.
    I'll be working in the city, so that's all the insight I could give, just from observing while living here.:2cents:
     
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    Very true about PG. I worked in PG (down the street from FedEx field) but had never really gone through the county very much until one day when I went through Bowie for a presentation. Bowie is really nice and we've considered moving there.
     
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    You guys are really making me want to live in Prince George. I'm just worried I wont be able to afford the neighborhood. :(
     
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    PG is very affordable, it's one of the main reasons I moved away from Northern VA. Of course the nicer areas are going to cost a little more, but compared to the area, it's less than on the VA side. Inbox me if you want any details. :)
     
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    Okay....so it's 2014 and I think I'm ready!!! :) I have been busy since I first posted this thread...I am out of the classroom and have been working as a Literacy specialist/reading intervention teacher. I have also started my Ed. Leadership/ school administration certification, and I plan to use that to be a literacy leader of some sort, possibly involved with curriculum development.
    Now with that being said, I have reread this thread and it sparked a few ideas. I have a teacher recruitment event coming up locally and a few of the Maryland/Virginia counties you all mentioned are coming!! :thumb: Here are a few:
    * Prince George's (MD)
    * Anne Arundel (MD)
    *Caroline county (VA)
    * Carroll county (MD)
    * Cecil county (MD)
    *Charles county (MD)
    * Hartford county (MD)
    *Howard county (MD)
    * Prince William (VA)
    * Spotsylvania (VA)
    *Stafford county (VA)

    Out of the list here, and considering this thread was started several years ago, which counties would be ideal to apply to now ? Are the districts the same in regards to hiring?

    Any direction you could lead me would be greatly appreciated! I plan to only apply to the counties that would provide the best working situation.

    Thanks for your input!
     
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    Kimrandy1, can you tell me more about Anne Arundel?
     

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