How long is your commute to school?

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  1. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    Some of you know my sad-sap story about having just been let go at my brand new teaching job, only to be told that I can easily be transfered out of town. There are four job openings currently. They range from a 37 to 48 minute drive from my house. The city district won't return my calls or emails (started contacting them Wednesday afternoon about a potential job). Meanwhile the co-op folks call me every day wanting me to interview for these county/commute jobs.

    In another post, Jem said she drives 55 minutes to get to work. I'm not sure if that's to teach or her summer job. Anyway, I just wondered how far you folks drive to get to work. I guess I'm spoiled. 37 minutes seems like way too much time on the road and it's hard for me to get up in the mornings as it is! :unsure:
     
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    I am super lucky to have a 5 minute drive to work. I could walk if I didnt always have so much stuff to carry.
     
  4. Caesar753

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    My commute is about 15 minutes, which is 15-25 minutes depending on traffic. It seems to be the right amount of time for me.

    I did my student teaching at a rural county school about 45 minutes away from my house. That pushed the boundaries of my limits, but was doable.
     
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    I'm 7 miles from my school. My husband drops me off on his way to his school and I think total is 18 miles to his.

    I have done the hour long drive in the past and it is no fun. With gas costing an arm and a leg, I'm so glad I don't have to do that now.
     
  6. Matt633

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    I am 5 minutes away also. It makes it so easy. I am like you Zoom--hate to get up. I am pretty quick in the morning so a lot of the time I wake up at 7:00 and am at work by 7:30.

    I am sorry about your situation Zoom but I would rather drive 47 min if I liked the school better than the 38 min--you will have to see. Let us know!
     
  7. trayums

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    On a good morning without traffic it takes 15 minutes. On a normal morning it's up to 35. The drive home is worse -- usually takes 45 min. to 55 mins. Yuck!
     
  8. Tasha

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    I'm about 5 minutes away. My internship was about a 45 minute drive each way. Some good things about the drive - I could eat breakfast in the car in the morning and it was nice to decompress/reflect on the day on my own in the afternoon and I was ready to be with my husband when I got home. Now, in the afternoon if I come straight home I need time to think about the day and how tomorrows plans may need to be adjusted .
     
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    About 45 minutes for me...unless traffic is bad, then it's about an hour. :-( Boo! Luckily I love my job and don't mind the drive too much!
     
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    I have a short commute. I'm 4 miles from school, and it's rural road all the way. I'm lucky to get through one song on the radio before I'm at work.
     
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    I'm four miles away too - usually takes about 7 minutes, because I go in at 6:15.
     
  12. Erin Elizabeth

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    Same here. I teach in the next town up the freeway. It's only 9 miles on the odometer, but most of the driving is through town, so that means lots of stoplights.
     
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    I agree-- while it is time consuming, it's kind of nice to think etc. riding to and from work. I do a lot of planning in the car! :)
     
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    My school is about 10-15 minutes from my home. But....I have to take my son to Middle School (15 minutes) and then backtrack to my school (15 minutes). So I guess 30 minues-40 minutes in the mornings and about the same in the afternoons.
     
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    My commute takes me an hour and 15 min....
    However I don't have any kids and am planning on moving closer...even when I move closer my commute will be about 30-40 min (which I don't consider bad) But I live near DC and commuting is normal in this area (I just wish my school was metro accessible!)
     
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    My commute is 25-40 min. depending on traffic. I like my commute as it's my time with no kids!!! It gives me a breather before I get home, make dinner & get the kids to wherever 3 or 4 nights out of the week.
     
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    At my previous school, it took me 35 minutes in the mornings and about an hour in the afternoon. Now, I will be commuting to the same town where my husband works, and we will commute the 40 minutes together (in his company truck--paid gas) and leave my car there so I can run errands in the afternoons if I need to get something done before he leaves work.
     
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    My commute is about 1 hour long, but I'm hoping to move in about two and a half months, which my commute would then be 15 minutes.
     
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    I am also lucky to teach in the next town over, so to arrive at school at 8:00 I just need to leave by 7:55.
     
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    About 35 minutes one way and I never hit any traffic
     
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    About 40 minutes, but it's very rural so there are no stoplights for most of the way.
     
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    Very small town, the place I'm moving into is MAYBE a 3 minute drive from school. I'm looking forward to hopefully riding my bike there...before the snow! (And when I'm not hauling a million things back and forth!)

    Let me add though, that during my student teaching I taught at a school about 35-40 minutes away. I thought that this drive would bother me, but really I LOVED it, it gave me time to wake up and listen to my radio (and drink extra coffee!!)
     
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    about 3 miles away :)
     
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    I'm very lucky. I'm less than a mile from my school. I often ride my bike. They started building a school by the house I had just bought. Then I found out my principal was being transfered there so I went with her. Before that I had a 30 minute commute.
     
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    In the past, my schools have been about 30-45 minutes away from the house. It does have its pluses in the fact that I knew I would never get caught at WalMart by a student or parent.

    I'm envious of all the 5 minute commutes though! I know a poster on here, Exclaimation Po, that travels 85 miles one way to work!
     
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    AM commute: 50 minutes
    PM commute: 55-65 minutes

    I drive 38 miles each way- only 4 miles on the express way, about 2 more miles on a 4 lane road and the rest is a 2 lane road.
     
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    10 to 15 min. top which is a good thing my husband drives enough for us both he drives 1 hour to work and back he works at a hospital. Ugggg gas is outrageous his only is over 500 a month.
     
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    Mine is 73 miles one way right now. Takes me a little over an hour in the morning and 1.5 hours on the way back. I'll be adding some time to that this week since I'll be placing my doggie into day camp. Once school starts I'll probably board him. I'm planning on moving closer to school within the month though.
     
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    I drive 40 miles one way. I live in a very small community that doesn't pay teachers anything. I am able to drive to one of the largest districts in my region and make enough money to cover the cost of gas and still come out ahead. Plus, I have so many more resources available to me. It is well worth the drive.
     
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    I walk or ride my bike to school. It's just a few blocks, so I guess I'm luckier than most.
     
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    I live in a small city so most of my schools are about 30 mins away at most. The closer ones are anywhere from the closetest is 5mins away - 20mins. So I got lucky thats subbing in the city schools. If I did the county schools it would be longer.
     
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    How do you carry all the many things needed by a teacher?
     
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    not to brag but my school is 18 houses away
     
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    DH & I only have to drive about six minutes or so to get to school. It is really nice! We're about that driving distance from five different schools in our district.
     
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    My school is about 15 minutes away, closer if I hit all the lights just right! :p
     
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    Less than 10 minutes!
     
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    45 min. to an hour, depending on traffic lights and logging trucks :) I don't mind the commute in the morning, but on the way home, it always seems longer. I guess by then I'm so tired. I listen to NPR on the way to school, and I love that. But once November comes and goes, I'm going to miss all the presidential politics - I loooove election time :)
     
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    I live 1 1/2 miles from my school. No traffic or lights, 2 stop signs. The first mile is all uphill. I'd consider walking in nice weather except I always carry things back & forth. If I forget something at home I can dash home to get it during a break.
     
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    My school is on a military base. They closed down the front gate for renovation-but it used to take 18 minutes with that gate open, unless there was traffic at the gate. Now it takes about 25 minutes from another gate. There is a school that's about 15 seconds or less by car-it's got to be less than 1/4 a mile, but I've heard not as great things about working for that principal. I'm actually at the farthest school. All the schools in town would take less than 5 minutes to get to, but I wanted to stay on base because I really liked it this last year. They're all the same district, so same pay.

    I thought I would hate driving, especially when I have another option so close, but I like it. It helps me wake up (I'm definitely not a morning person) and think about what I need to do that day. I don't mind the drive at all.
     
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    I am about 5 miles from work and it takes about 10 minutes :)
     
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    I'll be driving about 23 miles -- a 25-minute commute against the traffic, all on freeway.

    The commute is fine with me for various reasons.

    BTW, here in Houston price of gas has dropped nearly 40 cents per gallon. How about where you are?
     

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