Hi everyone! So, I have a question - where would you teach if you had NO strings holding you down, and they were hiring? Where would you go? What state, what region, what specific district? I will be student teaching (7th grade LA) this fall, and will be graduating this December. I'm looking forward to having the spring to apply and interview (as I work, of course), but my situation has changed. I live in NH, but I really feel the need for a change. I've been here since birth, and would love to experience a new state. My plan was to look into the DC area, with MD and VA, because my brother and his wife live in that area and will likely be having kids in the near future. However - they just told me that they might move to Richmond or someplace else in the next several years. So it seems my anchor in VA is moving, and while I still love the area, I am exploring my options. I love Cape Cod, and the Boston MA area. I REALLY love the Arlington/Alexandria area of VA. I couldn't ever imagine living in a state like Florida, because I melt in extreme humidity. If I could truly move anywhere, I would likely choose Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, or Denver because those cities are so appealing to me and I love the crisp weather. Austin TX also greatly appeals to me. But... do I want to live across the country from my parents and my brother's family? A little about me: a very artistic person, a wry sense of humor, I love theater and music (hope to teach drama at my future school). I can't imagine living in an area that is too humid, too frigid, or too closed-minded. I like a hearty debate, but I'd rather not be the ONLY blue spot in a red state, know what I mean? I know that a lot of that has to do with area as opposed to a whole state. Where would you live? Where WOULDN'T you live? Where do you think I'd like to live, and to teach? Are there certain areas/states/regions that are horrifying/excellent in their school systems? I'd love to hear some feedback.