In your opinion, of course. I've discussed moving with my principal, and with her glowing recommendations and understanding of why I must leave, I am OUT OF HERE after this school year. I could go...anywhere! I do not really want to go over seas, or in Canada because they're teaching requirements are so different. My background -3 years (at the end of this year) experience teaching 3rd grade in NC (the first two years I taught all subjects. This year I teach only math and science as we departmentalized) -Bachelors degree in elementary education from a state university, licensed to teach K-6 "must haves" from where I move -a salary where I don't have to work a second job just to pay the basic bills (I don't mind picking up a weekend gig to earn some extra cash, but I'd like to not sweat over just making the rent you know?) -Not a city, I much prefer rural or suburban living -Not someplace super hot in terms of climate Would like: -Mountains! or at least a beautiful landscape. Where I live now is beautiful and I can't imagine living in a dreary place or boring suburbs. -To be able to afford my own apartment without roommates, even just a studio. Not a necessity but boy, what a luxury that would be! -would prefer a unionized state I suppose, one that has protected lunch breaks, prep time, that sort of thing. -would prefer a state where elementary education is not treated as though we teach hand holding and nose picking I'm completely open to teaching any grade K-6 but my ~happy place~ is second, third, fourth or sixth grade. But of course, for the right location, I'd teach anything K-6. I am open to charter schools, private schools, you name it! The way I see it, anything has to be better than where I'm at....here's some backstory as to why I'm leaving as fast as I can... I teach in North Carolina and it's tragic. My salary is so low, I qualify for state food assistance. I work 3 other jobs just to make ends meet, and I am a very budget-minded, frugal gal. We are not paid more for having a master's degree anymore, so there's no incentive for that. I have morning, lunch, recess, specials, and after school duty (unpaid) every day. I have no prep or planning period. Geeze, I can't even pee between 7:30-4:30 without calling the office to monitor my kids. Professional development over the summer is required and unpaid. Expectations are constantly raised without compensation. The most I would EVER make in the state of NC after teaching for 30 years is 50,000. Right now I bring home under $2,000 each month. I can't imagine supporting a family on this salary! I've researched for months about the best salaries with lowest cost of living. Wyoming, rural California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Utah commonly come up as having that sweet spot of high pay and low COL. I would love any of these, but of course, the more I research, it is extremely hard to get your foot in the door without a connection. I have no connections. I grew up in and out of foster care, I don't have any family. If I move somewhere without a secure job, I could very seriously end up homeless. I can't take any risks here. From this forum, I'm really seeking information for specific counties, personal stories or any advice you can give me to narrow down my search. Right now, I am confident I would find a job somewhere better, but I'd like to move somewhere and settle down, find a partner and raise a family where I move next. I want to feel stable and safe! Any advice you can give me, even if it's "avoid XYZ at all costs!" would be greatly valued. thank you!