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abcteacher123 10-19-2011 01:39 PM

New Teacher/New State
In need of some hypothetical advice :)

I am completely frustrated with the fact that there are no el ed jobs where I live (hasn't been in a while and prob wont be for another few years). I have subbed two years and have completed my masters. I am young and have a great passion to teach. I am considering moving to a new state where there are plenty of el ed jobs available. HOWEVER, I am nervous to take the plunge (if I even get offered a job of course) and actually move. I have never lived away from home and I love my hometown, but very tired of waiting for my "life" to begin. So my question to you new teachers is stressful do all of you think it would be to not only be a first year teacher, but to also begin while living in a brand new state where I don't know a sole??? Did you all make friends with the other teachers in your building? Some advice would be great. Just trying to imagine how difficult this move would actually be, as well as taking on a brand new job.

grannyg 10-23-2011 02:08 PM

You can do this
My first job was 2 hours from my hometown but then I went to college 6 hours away so I was used to not being home. I didn't know a soul at my college when I began. I student taught in a town and school where I didn't know anyone and my first job was a totally new experience. I know it's a very safe feeling to stay where you know everyone, but look on this as your chance for an adventure. Go try something and someplace new. I've changed schools, towns, and states. At first I'm a bit homesick, but it's always turned out to be a good place to be at that time. You'll see new places - don't be afraid. Keep an open mind. In reality, most schools and school environments are really safe places for new people. Kids are generally accepting and most teachers I have worked with are friendly and helpful, although really busy. In the long run, I really think this has made me a more empathetic person and a more effective teacher. The hardest part for me was the actual move (HATE that) and the first day of teacher workshops. After that, it just takes time. I'd say - go for it. Good luck to you - el ed jobs are hard to find most places so if you can get one, take it.

Teacherbee_4 10-29-2011 07:27 AM

My Story
I went away for college for one semester and then moved back home and attended a college locally. Although a major factor in my decision was that I couldn't graduate from that school in 4 years with my education degree (more like 5 or 5.5), I was also homesick, as I am VERY close to my family. I know a lot of people say they are close their family, but really, words can't describe how close I am. I never really even hung out with friends in middle school/high school...always my parents. I'd go to movies with them, shopping, high school sporting events, etc. My weekends were spent hanging out with my parents, not my friends. So I am very close to my family! I never really liked where we lived, and always preferred where we lived before that. When I graduated, I applied for jobs in that area. It was a new state that I hadn't lived in for probably 14 or 15 years! I was offered 2 jobs in the area, I took the first offer. Turns out my dad was offered a job near me...about 20 miles away and he took it. I'm living on my own, not with my parents, in the town where I teach. My parents live 20 miles away where my dad works.

My thoughts on this situation-First, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my job and the people I work with. However, I'm not going to lie or sugar coat things. Teaching in a new state is hard! They do things differently! I'm not use to it, and with everything else that's new to me, it's been difficult! The district I was hired in hired a lot of new teachers, like close to 30 if not more due to high retirements...I was one of the few who did not student teach in the district. So even the new teachers are familiar with how the district runs and I'm CLUELESS sometimes! In terms of friendships, the people I work with are great mentors, supporters, and colleagues. I haven't done anything with them outside of school, like on the weekends or days off or anything, but they are nice. It's hard because we are all in different places in our life. I'm the youngest faculty member, and the next oldest is 3 or 4 years older than me. She and I are the only ones who are not married, and almost everyone has kids, most with young kids, so really, we are different spots in our lives, in fact, she is getting her master's, which I know keeps her very busy. With that said, although I really haven't made any "close friends", I'm so busy with school stuff, adjusting to a new state, new district, and being a 1st year teacher, that I really don't have time to even wish I had friends to hang out with! I'm very comfortable with myself, so when I do have "down time", I'm perfectly happy watching a movie at my apartment, going out to eat on my own, etc. If I need socializing, my parents are 20 miles away.

I hope this helps! You can do it, you really can! It might be stressful, but really, you can do it and you may just love it! I never want to leave my school! I love it and am so happy with where I am at. I feel like I have always lived here and I truly feel at home and very comfortable! I'm so thankful for the support everyone has given me. People at my school really understand that being a first year teacher is rough and that being new to the state/district is even harder, and they have been great! In fact, a 4th grade teacher approached me on the first day of workshops and was like, "Are you just overwhelmed like crazy right now?" When I said, "I'm so confused, I'm clueless about all this stuff everyone is talking about." She responded that she couldn't even imagine being a first year teacher in this day and age, especially one new to the state and the district because there is so much more to learn, even more than when she became a teacher 6 years ago. It felt good to know that she understood where I was coming from and would help me with anything!

abcteacher123 10-30-2011 09:12 AM

Thank You!
Thank you to both of you! I appreciate your advice and kind words of encouragement. I know it's not going to be easy, but it's nice to know that other people have done it and it worked out. It will be a challenge for sure, but I am young and I feel like I am up for it! Thanks again :)

starangelgurl 11-02-2011 06:01 AM

I just got my first job in a town north from where I am from. I went to college about 3.5 hours from where I am from but that was different. I had people to meet and the town was about 40, 000. The town that I work in now is i think 1,000 if that and I have no one that I hang with. It is lonely, but I just think, it is a new experience, and a teaching experience that will follow me where ever I go.

I will be hard, but you have to go where the jobs are. And subbing is nice (i did it for a few years) but it does not give you the experience that you need. Good Luck##

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