Thinking of moving to fl near Disney

Discussion in 'Job Seekers' started by CreativeTeachR, Jun 14, 2014.

  1. CreativeTeachR

    CreativeTeachR Companion

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2013
    Messages:
    135
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 14, 2014

    My wife and I have been saying we want to move to fl for 7 years! Maybe it's time to take the plunge :blush: I am already certified in FL and am obsessed with Disney :) but I've heard teaching in fl is a nightmare now :huh: moving from ct to fl is a gamble and I've been through hell and back since 2012. We are a lesbian couple and do want to start a family as well. There is so much to consider :( I'm so torn :help: I am interested in teaching pk or k.
     
  2.  
  3. MissD59

    MissD59 Comrade

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2012
    Messages:
    335
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 14, 2014

    I feel like I am stalking you all over these boards! Haha. I did two internships in college at Disney World in Epcot. My parents bought into the Disney Vacation Club with my Cast Member discount, and I still have friends down there, so I go back at least once a year. I actually just came back from a trip Memorial Day Weekend, and am in the middle of deciding when I want to go this fall for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (my favorite time of year down there).

    Teaching in Florida is not the greatest, IMHO. The public schools pale in comparison to what you are likely used to in the Northeast. My friends who teach down there teach in mediocre neighborhoods, but they seem to like it. You'd have to look into reciprocity I think. Also keep in mind that school ends earlier in the south, which means that the hiring seasons are a little bit different than they are up north, since the kids return to school in the beginning of August.

    It is much cheaper to live in Central Florida than it is to live on Long Island or in CT, however, your salary will be much lower. I really did enjoy living down there at the time, and I do miss it sometimes.

    FYI, Central Florida, especially the area around Disney, is extremely gay friendly (a large amount of WDW Cast Members are gay).
     
  4. swansong1

    swansong1 Virtuoso

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    6,697
    Likes Received:
    1,654

    Jun 14, 2014

    I live in Central Florida, just retired from teaching, and now I work at Disney.

    I would not hesitate. There are abundant teaching jobs and your life style will make no difference.

    Salaries will be lower than the northeast, but cost of living is less. There is a tremendous difference in housing costs around here so you will be able to find something in your price range.

    There is no tenure here anymore, but as long as you do your job, you will have no trouble. Be prepared to teach to the tests, scores are everything.

    I have lots of experience in this area so feel free to pm if you have specific questions. Good luck!
     
  5. CreativeTeachR

    CreativeTeachR Companion

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2013
    Messages:
    135
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 14, 2014

    I know the hiring season is weird in FL. They keep building schools though lol my dream would be to live I'm celebration love that neighborhood!!! It's a big decision and it's scary because I've been researching how they have been treating teachers down their lately. :dizzy:
     
  6. msmac21

    msmac21 Companion

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2013
    Messages:
    199
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 14, 2014

    My cousin works in the Jacksonville area, which I know is a little far from where you want to be. She says it's okay. One thing she does tell me all the time is there's a ton of openings in the entire state. I also know a girl who teaches in Miami, she absolutely adores her school and also says there's a ton of openings in her area too.

    So if you're willing to put up with some tougher situations (and I would be if it meant I had gorgeous weather, Disney, and beaches at my fingertips!) then I would imagine it would be pretty easy to find a job!

    Good luck! Wish I was in a position to move! I'd be down there in a second! I say go for it!
     
  7. MissD59

    MissD59 Comrade

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2012
    Messages:
    335
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 15, 2014

    My ex boyfriend lives in Celebration. Celebration is nice, but you are paying to live in Celebration. There are so many other nice neighborhoods in the area, you will get far more bang for buck if you live elsewhere.
     
  8. Teacher Gii

    Teacher Gii Companion

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Messages:
    234
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 15, 2014

    Hmmm. Take me with you CreativeTeachR!!!! I have lived in VA all my life and want to be with my family because there aren't very many of us, but I have considered relocation. You guys are making FL sound great!!
     
  9. CreativeTeachR

    CreativeTeachR Companion

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2013
    Messages:
    135
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 15, 2014

    Both my wife's family and my family are in Long Island but I honestly don't want to live in 4 seasons anymore and we would be a 3 hour flight away :) my research and applying is all day today! :spitwater:
     
  10. CreativeTeachR

    CreativeTeachR Companion

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2013
    Messages:
    135
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 15, 2014

    I know it's expensive! I will be doing a ton of research that's for sure!! Any other tips please send my way. I know only select towns allow my wife and I to be domestic partners so I have to keep that in mind as well. :dizzy:
     
  11. teacherintexas

    teacherintexas Maven

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2005
    Messages:
    5,280
    Likes Received:
    748

    Jun 15, 2014

    Buy some humidity proof hair products and sunscreen! Read up on hurricane prep as well.

    If Florida is anything like Texas right now, there are probably lots of openings.
     
  12. chebrutta

    chebrutta Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    2,489
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 16, 2014

    So I don't have much to go on, as I've only taught in FL, but here goes.

    - like most places, your job conditions are going to depend on your P.
    - You won't get tenure. All teachers in FL hired after 2009 are on annual contracts. I choose to see this as a good thing, meaning that should I ever want to leave my district, there's nothing tying me down.
    - FL is a right-to-work state. You can be let go at the end of the school year, and they do not have to give you a reason.
    - Unions are not strong down here. Teachers can't strike.
    - Hope you like Marzano evaluations! Most of FL is using that one.
    - Salary is much lower here but so is cost of living. Plus: no state taxes!
    - The governor hates teachers and public education but is trying to back pedal all of his budget slashes for the election.
    - Most people in FL aren't going to care about your orientation. Where I live, however, most LGBT teachers are not out with their students.
    - Florida is steamy hot for a lot of months each year. There's a reason it is the land of snowbirds. Please consider how you feel about high humidity, high temps before you move. So many people have only visited in the nicer months and are gobsmacked when April - October happen.
    - BEACH IS AWESOME.
    - Sunscreen will need to be your new best friend. On the other hand, it's so humid you'll never need to use moisturizer ever again. But you will invest in lots of hair products trying to tame your hair.
    - Central FL is awesome, not only because you have so many things right there to do, but then almost everything in N and S FL are only a few hours' drive away!
    - The Bahamas are just a short plane ride away :whistle:

    Now, my teaching situation was super rough for a couple of years. This is not indicative of the state as a whole; my district went crazy. They have since come on board and lost most of the crazy, so I'm really happy with where I am now (which is S FL).
     
  13. TeacherNY

    TeacherNY Phenom

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Messages:
    4,950
    Likes Received:
    1,444

    Jun 16, 2014

    Heck, I would love to live/work near Disney!! If only it was located in a state that's not so HOT LOL I'm not a heat or beach person but if you don't mind then go for it!
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

Total: 466 (members: 0, guests: 435, robots: 31)
test