The good life!

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  1. kcjo13

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    That's the motto here in Nebraska, and it truly is. Anyone want to teach here? I just checked out the Nebraska Education Jobs site for fun, and there are a lot of jobs available, in all areas!

    Yeah, it's not tropical (or even warm!), we're not exactly full of bustling metropolis-es (how do you plural that??), but it truly is a great place to live, raise a family, save some money...it's cheap to live here!

    Plus, we got football!
     
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    hmmm, lets see, Nebraska is landlocked and stays below 70F for extended periods of time....ummmm, no thanks :D
     
  4. kcjo13

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    Did I mention the football? :D

    We have a great lake...several, as a matter of fact. Someone I know has a great cabin on one of them :whistle:!!
     
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    lol kc...according to a fb quiz, I was meant to live in Nebraska :)
     
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    Yeah, well a great lake isn't great enough to compare with this....
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    :lol: mm
     
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    *sigh*

    Showoff. We just got an April snowstorm where I live. I'm trying to decide which snowdrift I'm going to hide my Easter eggs in...
     
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    It could be fun kilikena. Last year we had the "great easter egg swim". It rained so hard that the kids were up to their knees in water when they crossed the street between my house and my neighbor's house. The kids are STILL talking about that and wondering if it'll rain again and saying how that was the best egg hunt ever.
     
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    Well, what are you waiting for silly?!?!

    Have I mentioned the football?
     
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    Just once I think ;)
     
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    It rocks! So do the sixth grade teachers, I hear...
     
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    Hm. Hmmm... Where there's a need for teachers, there's a need for help with teacher tests, maybe...?
     
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    We'd love to have ourselves a Groupie!

    But we don't have any of these tests, like California...or maybe I just don't know about them?

    The only test I've ever heard of is the Praxis, and no one I know takes it. Is that unusual?
     
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    (a) Dang. But one does sort of have to try.

    (b) Weird: most states have some sort of content-knowledge exam, at any rate (I think NCLB might have something to say about that).
     
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    Well, don't tell on us!

    Seriously, am I just really out of the loop? I know 1 person who has taken the Praxis...my student teacher from last year, and I'm not quite sure why she did.
     
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    Wait a tic...this is even greater for my little advertisement thread!

    No exams, lots of jobs (well, "lots" is relative), football...tanking...what more can a teacher ask for??

    Come teach in Nebraska!
     
  18. TeacherGroupie

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    By the way, I suspect the most useful plural of metropolis is metropolitan areas.
     
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    Well, at any rate, we ain't got many of 'em!

    But we do have football...and tanking...and jobs!
     
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    (happily)

    A much better kind of tanking than the economy is doing...
     
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    I live in Nebraska and I graduated in 2006 and I had to take the Praxis. It is required now to get a teaching certificate but there is no content knowledge exam.

    I heard that Nebraska was doing the bare minimum of NCLB with hope that the new admin will change things.
     
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    Thanks for the info. My area of Calif. is getting kinda depressing. I'll talk to the family about it! :)
     
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    How much is a house on one of those lakes?

    What is the teachers salary pay scale like?

    Thanks!
     
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    I LOVE Nebraska! I camped in Nebraska City a couple of years ago on my way to Washington State and fell in love with the town.
     
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    If I could get rid of the house, I would so be moving. Heck, I'd even move to Alaska if it meant I could teach.

    Football, I think we have that in Florida too. Now the real question is what is tanking?
     
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    katrinka-housing is very affordable here, whether it is in the metro areas (Lincoln or Omaha) or rural. We built a house 3 years ago, 3500 sf, acreage, for $175,000.

    Pay scales-well, don't freak out, but my base is $26,575. But you have to take into account the C.O.L. Base in Lincoln is I THINK around $35,000, maybe more, I can't remember. But any starter home, in a rural town, will probably run less than $50,000.

    MATgrad...this is tanking...floating down the river in a cow tank (don't knock it til you try it-it's great!):

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    The birthplace of Arbor Day! A great town...
     
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    Thanks!!
     
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    is there football?
     
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    In Nebraska?

    Oh, lordy, TOTB, yes. It's what we do.

    Memorial Stadium on Saturdays in the fall becomes the third largest city in Nebraska.

    We do volleyball very well too!

    (and we also have beaches, btw!)
     
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    You have tornadoes!:woot:
     
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    That is neat!
     
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    To anyone considering a job move to ANYWHERE in the Midwest, Nebrask or elsewhere: The Midwest is wonderful. Its people are wonderfully welcoming and suprisingly friendly. You can buy large, beautiful suburban homes for $150,000 (no we don't all live in farms out here). The occasional tornado, but what area doesn't have its own scary disasters (earthquakes, hurricanes)? Yes,we have a few months of winter- so? The season changes only remind you of what a wonderful God we have that provides us with new life every spring and a appreciation for that- how aweing it is to watch new life spring up every year. Yes, we are landlocked- and while oceans are truly beautiful, they are not the only beauties of nature. We've got hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, forests, and award-winning gardens and parks.

    People I know who have moved here have called cities in the Midwest "hidden treasures." :) There a lot of misconceptions about living in the Midwest.

    Can you tell I'm a Midwest girl, born and raised? Wouldn't want it to be any other way! Come our way- you won't regret it.
     
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    The base salary for some of the jobs I looked at is about 1/2 of what I'm making now! Wow!
     
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    Had to bump this - there are even more jobs posted now.

    Yes, the salaries are lower, but the cost of living is so much lower too. And, the unicam is working on raising salaries...

    Nebraska Education Jobs
     
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    I've traveled through west Nebraska before. Gorgeous with it's rolling hills filled with sunflowers. I stayed overnight in a quaint little town called Valentine, on the border of Nebraska and South Dakota.
     
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    And you know when a tornado is coming and can get in the basement - not so true for earthquakes. :)

    Plus, I can leave my keys in the car in my driveway and guess what my car is still there in the morning, I can leave my car running to go inside the gas station to get a diet coke, my kids leave their bikes in the driveway and the bikes are still there in the morning, and I know my neighbors and we have great big block parties in the summer. :)
     
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    I'm not going anywhere.

    But I've read thead after thread today from jobseekers who are having no luck.

    I think it's great that our Midwestern buddies are letting us know that THERE ARE JOBS AVAILABLE!!
     
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    Agreed Alice! I read something today that a job needed 4-6 years experience. So relocate to the Midwest, get a job, work for a few years, then move back to your desired location.

    I know, it doesn't work for everyone. A family can't just be uprooted to move to Nebraska. But I know there are a lot of young single people looking for jobs...:whistle:

    Emmakate-Valentine is a great BIG town up in the Sandhills! It's a class B, which is the second largest schools in the state. Of course, it's famous come February, when the post office accepts letters to be re-postmarked with a heart and "Valentine" for your sweetie! I've been there several times, and used to live up in that area when I was little.

    Just so y'all would know what you're going into...Class C and D schools typically have small class sizes, with Class D schools rarely over 20 students per grade level. Class D towns are usually less than 1,000 in population. You're going to be better off if you can coach a sport or activity, and you'll be able to buy a house with relative ease.

    I'm not saying it is a piece of cake to get a job here, it's tough everywhere...but relatively, and taking into consideration the number of applicants...it's not a bad gig.
     

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