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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Archives?
    the Lower 48 a large number of current and former school district HR and school administrators subscribe Moderators Johncn Damon Hargraves Betty Walters Toni McFadden Post a reply 3 posts Page 1 of 1 Archives by BermudaKristi Thu Sep 10 2015 4 23 pm Hi all Where did the archives go It used to be a link in the description I think I can t seem to find them BermudaKristi Posts 13 Joined Fri Aug 28 2015 4 42 am Top Re Archives by cyclone67 Thu Sep 10 2015 7 07 pm Hmmm the way I used to get on isn t working I bet John will get on soon with an answer cyclone67 Posts 24 Joined Wed Apr 16 2014 5 56 pm Top Re Archives by Johncn Fri Sep 11 2015 3 12 am Hi The archives were no longer possible to run on current server software Therefore the archives are no more I m afraid and that is why the link and description are missing We kept them up as long as we could after moving to the new forum software John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Display posts from

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Teaching in Alaska
    What should we know What s the catch As I said he has an Associate s and I have several BAs and teaching experience but no teacher certification Could we really both get decently paying jobs as TAs here in Kotz like the HR guy at the NWABSD said I would really appreciate a reply even though this post is in the wrong spot I loved being here this summer and am sad to leave the kids I have gotten to know it would be nice to come back as a real resident And of course my fiancé and I have been engaged for three years and haven t gotten married because I don t have a stable job my seasonal NPS work takes me all over the country and he only gets minimum wage This looks like it could be the answer What is the catch Or is it all true Thank you SO much for your replies Sincerely Stephanie Schneider Park Ranger and Outreach Educator stephanie schneider Posts 7 Joined Sun Sep 06 2015 3 36 am Top Re Teaching in Alaska by cyclone67 Sun Sep 06 2015 7 59 am It is quite common for spouses and even significant others of teachers to get TA or sub jobs However I don t see you both being hired on as TA s at least in the Bush It is totally doable though if you can get into a program and get a teaching position Maybe Kotzebue is different but where I was there is no need to hire outsiders in a TA position which then takes the position away from a local reaident Maybe someone from that region can respond You need to research how you can get that certification and how long it would take to get you into a classroom in a teaching position You obviously like teaching so work on that certification cyclone67 Posts 24 Joined Wed Apr 16 2014 5 56 pm Top Re Teaching in Alaska by stephanie schneider Sun Sep 06 2015 12 27 pm The HR guy here in Kotz seemed to think that we could both be hired as TAs I made it very clear to him that I do not have certification and do not have the money to GET certification I am still paying off my debt from my three BAs He said that all teachers including TAs are very in demand and added that he was willing to hire me almost immediately for the position I turned it down since my fiance is still in Michigan What do you all make of that stephanie schneider Posts 7 Joined Sun Sep 06 2015 3 36 am Top Re Teaching in Alaska by cyclone67 Sun Sep 06 2015 12 57 pm Can you live off the salary What does your boyfriend think is a better question And I would come up with a plan to move forward with certification If you could get certified in ELA and social Studies you would have a lot more options I would see if there is an program you could work on to get certified while you work as a TA cyclone67 Posts 24 Joined Wed Apr 16 2014 5 56 pm Top Re Teaching in Alaska by stephanie schneider Sun Sep 06 2015 1 34 pm Thanks for the reply However I simply can t affored to go back to school with the massive loans I am still paying off As to the salary I have been living off of 22 hour with no health benefits while living in Kotzebue working for NPS with 400 month housing so I think it would work out to be pretty similar as I was quoted 26 hour with benefits and 600 month for the TA position To give you some perspective back in Michigan my normal winter job pays 13 hour and has no benefits and I pay 800 month for an apartment My fiance really REALLY wants ot go for it because it s his chance for a new start He has been working minimum wage for years because and Associate s degree is not really worth anything in Michigan and that s why we re not married yet although we ve been engaged for three years I seriously need to work as a TA NOT a teacher although I am open to getting certified if I can take classes while working as a TA My fiance is in the same boat but he doesn t have teaching experience he is fantastic with kids though and has taught Sunday school Can anyone answer the question from this perspective stephanie schneider Posts 7 Joined Sun Sep 06 2015 3 36 am Top Re Teaching in Alaska by Johncn Tue Sep 08 2015 6 07 am Stephanie Your service as a NPS interpretive ranger would be useful to NWABSD if you became a classroom teacher residential assistant or possibly a classroom aide what you call a TA Although it could be outdated information the NWABSD page for Classified openings non certified teacher jobs they don t have anything listed that sounds like what you describe in Kotzebue other than Residential Dormitory Advisor at their Star of the North magnet program NWABSD Classified Openings http www nwarctic org Page 2832 Residential Advisor Listing http www nwarctic org cms lib AK01001584 Centricity Domain 37 C16 002 20Resident 20Advisor 20R 19 01 doc You can look at the qualifications and see if that is something that both you and your fiance qualify for or not The other jobs they show on their site in KOTZ are either Bilingual Aide jobs for Inupiaq speaking students or pay less around 17 than you describe NWABSD benefits for classified staff are good but do not appear to include housing I would make sure you talked to Terry Marting NWABSD HR Director and clarify what you were offered It would be quite unusual for a Classified position in a rural district to include

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Teaching in Alaska
    school district HR and school administrators subscribe Moderators Johncn Damon Hargraves Betty Walters Toni McFadden Post a reply 21 posts Page 2 of 2 1 2 Re Teaching in Alaska by stephanie schneider Thu Sep 10 2015 8 53 am Thanks everyone for the ideas This is a difficult and very research intensive decision and I appreciate any and all information I can get stephanie schneider Posts 7 Joined Sun

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Looking for a new start
    of the state The other advantage of being close to open water is that the sea breezes keep the bugs from eating you alive in the spring and fall We are also far enough south that the sun rises and sets in the winter doesn t rise until 10 am and sets at 4 pm or so but it is there Check out the sizes of the villages the schools are in I am working with a new couple in my school of 235 students village has 850 residents who were in a school of 45 students last year village was just over 160 residents They had trouble getting groceries on a regular basis There was one tiny store in town and if the weather was bad the shelves remained empty for quite a while They are in heaven here in our little metropolis with 2 small but not tiny stores and fairly regular mail service Yes you can order food from Amazon but it also comes on the mail planes that bring the food to stock the tiny village stores Districts do like to hire couples We got quite a few new teaching couples this year 3 in fact but our school is the largest in this district so you may want to look at school size as well when you look at districts Based on what we hired this year however you don t have to look at Anchorage or Fairbanks for jobs for both of you in the same school Good luck There are lots of options out there Be flexible but find someplace you ll be happy It doesn t do the kids any good to have unhappy teachers that leave after one year marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re Looking for a new start by tnuts20 Thu Jan 08 2015 2 01 pm Would it be un realistic for my partner and I both to be hired in the same district I read in the post that districts wouldn t be against hiring a couple but would that be something that we mention pre interview tnuts20 Posts 17 Joined Tue Oct 14 2014 2 59 pm Top Re Looking for a new start by marymatt718 Thu Jan 08 2015 8 22 pm Definitely let them know you are a couple Couples can be an asset for a district I m not saying they will hire a couple over an individual but they are thrilled when they can In my school we have 3 teaching couples 5 teachers and one aide and this has added to the atmosphere of stability and involvement here We had a number of singles last year who had problems with absent significant others and their attitudes affected ALL of us One even got married during the Christmas break but his partner had a really good job and did not return with him He was physically at school but mentally and emotionally gone The kids

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - 4 yr teacher/coach w/wife and 1yr old..advice for future
    has anyone still had a house they owned back home where they were able to still make the mortgage payments and still love comfortably 3 I read in some districts that they give a housing stipend to cover costs for housing Is this common in most rural areas Or is it expected for you to pay the rent 4 How was the acclimation of any of you that brought little kids with you on this journey 5 any other sound advice even the don t do it because Is welcome Just trying to get a feel and see I love to travel and so does my wife We are open to new activities and such Thanks again in advance J Joryshene Posts 1 Joined Sun Aug 30 2015 7 59 pm Top Re 4 yr teacher coach w wife and 1yr old advice for future by Bushteachers Fri Sep 04 2015 7 16 am Joryshene wrote Here are my questions 1 I saw some of the pay scales definitely more than here can a small family live there on one income reasonably 2 if living on one income has anyone still had a house they owned back home where they were able to still make the mortgage payments and still love comfortably 3 I read in some districts that they give a housing stipend to cover costs for housing Is this common in most rural areas Or is it expected for you to pay the rent 4 How was the acclimation of any of you that brought little kids with you on this journey 5 any other sound advice even the don t do it because Is welcome Just trying to get a feel and see I love to travel and so does my wife We are open to new activities and such Yesterday I typed a big on response and it was lost joys of losing an internet connection Today will be a little shorter since I am pressed for time at the moment but I want to answer you at the least 1 Depends on your families ability to make cuts where needed We moved up here from GA with 1 5 jobs It was a significant pay raise for us and we lived quite comfortably within reason I do believe that we could have lived off one income where we were at but there would not have been much room for financial emergencies or unexpected expenses if that makes sense Where we live at now I doubt one income would be sufficient 2 We did still own a house As a matter of fact we still own that house but we have renters in it First year we let the house sit empty 10 day move period did not give us time to pack and market and I do not suggest doing that Mice moved in and destroyed appliances 3 Not sure if anyone really gives free housing anymore Many districts in the bush do offer teacher

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Anyone Applying for Iditarod Area School District?
    Walters Alaska Statewide Mentor Project Betty Walters Posts 23 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 5 43 pm Top Re Anyone Applying for Iditarod Area School District by marymatt718 Mon Jul 20 2015 10 20 pm But if you teach Kindergarten or first grade apply to Togiak FIRST I ve said it before and I ll say it again I am TOTALLY shameless marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re Anyone Applying for Iditarod Area School District by Bushteachers Tue Jul 21 2015 12 12 am marymatt718 wrote But if you teach Kindergarten or first grade apply to Togiak FIRST I ve said it before and I ll say it again I am TOTALLY shameless You have nothing to worry about Lol All upper Grade positions or generalist Most of their positions are small schools 15 kids or less IASD had major budget issues with funding Heck they were on the news Couldn t fully fund staffing until late I m not sure how many positions they will hire for but I do know the sites Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Anyone Applying for Iditarod Area School District by michaelgens Mon Aug 24 2015 5 29 am Hi I recently accepted a position in the Iditarod School District in Grayling and was wondering if you could provide me with some info as to what I should expect I m a New Hampshire native and this will be my first Alaska experience so it s a rather daunting logistical process Any info would be greatly appreciated Mike michaelgens Posts 1 Joined Mon Aug 24 2015 5 23 am Top Re Anyone Applying for Iditarod Area School District by Bushteachers Fri Aug 28 2015 7 34 am michaelgens wrote

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Teacher Housing in the Southeast
    McFadden Post a reply 3 posts Page 1 of 1 Teacher Housing in the Southeast by tKoz Sun Aug 23 2015 8 16 am Hello I am hoping someone can tell me which districts in the southeast provide teacher housing that is family friendly From there I suspect I will need to get in touch with each district to see if they anticipate openings housing availability for the 2016 17 school year Thanks tKoz Posts 10 Joined Sun Oct 19 2014 10 35 am Top Re Teacher Housing in the Southeast by Johncn Tue Aug 25 2015 4 46 am Hi You may want to define family friendly housing in order to get more response to your question I am not familiar with Southeast district housing personally but I can t wrap my head around family friendly housing very well either Perhaps you should say what you are seeking in quantifiable terms John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Teacher Housing in the Southeast by tKoz Tue Aug 25 2015 3 38 pm Good point I was thinking at least a 3 bedroom that would allow a small dog Also wondering about cost

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Baby Steps to Alaska
    invincible The Power of One Bryce Courtenay Planetwalker Posts 31 Joined Sat Mar 08 2014 6 34 am Location Nulato AK Top Re Baby Steps to Alaska by Johncn Mon Jan 19 2015 10 17 am Hello As far as applying for jobs while student teaching or while in the final stages of a completing your paperwork for certification don t fret Districts will treat you as a certified teacher for application purposes You have to be a believable candidate one that seems to have completed a program and is simply putting the finishing touches on the documentation or process in your home state or Juneau If they didn t take end of program students seriously they would be seriously impaired in recruiting However you WILL have to have certificate in hand Alaska Certificate in order to teach kids when school starts The Iditarod Trail runs through several rural districts and starts in the road system district of Mat Su Some maps show the race starting in Anchorage but that is the Ceremonial Start on a Saturday lots of fun but not a race and the dogs and sleds are driven to Mat Su for the Restart on the next morning That is the actual beginning of the race This is further complicated by the fact that the race alternates between the Northern Route even years and the Southern Route odd years They are slightly different in the middle segment Here is the comparison of the routes but it has checkpoints not villages Not all checkpoints are located in a village and only villages have schools The rural districts include Iditarod Area School District IASD Yukon Koyukon School District YKSD and the Bering Strait School District BSSD Some of villages on the race route in IASD vary from year to year from three schools in odd years six schools in even years There is a single town district in Galena GCSD that gets the race in even years YKSD also gets the race in one village every year Kaltag and two others on even years BSSD has six schools in Iditarod checkpoint villages every year so technically has the most IASD ties them in odd years when the Southern Route is run The race ends every year in Nome which is a single town school district EED has a very cool tool for researching school districts that allows you to learn what schools are in what village and what villages are in what district In addition you can get some idea of what the school is like by looking at the number of students and whether or not they have a full time principal a principal teacher or a head teacher Alaska EED School Rolodex http education alaska gov DOE Rolodex SchoolCalendar Home Districts Hope this helps John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Baby Steps to Alaska by Planetwalker Mon Jan 19 2015 3 01 pm Are you kidding That helps A LOT Cheers to you John Changes come from the Power of Many but only when the many come together to form that which is invincible The Power of One Bryce Courtenay Planetwalker Posts 31 Joined Sat Mar 08 2014 6 34 am Location Nulato AK Top Re Baby Steps to Alaska by Planetwalker Tue Jun 02 2015 3 32 pm HEY PEEPS I just got my yellow card in the mail Changes come from the Power of Many but only when the many come together to form that which is invincible The Power of One Bryce Courtenay Planetwalker Posts 31 Joined Sat Mar 08 2014 6 34 am Location Nulato AK Top Re Baby Steps to Alaska by marymatt718 Tue Jun 02 2015 5 06 pm Hello Planetwalker Congratulations on your yellow card What grade level are you teaching We are an awesome school in the SWRSD in the pleasant village of TOGIAK please see my shameless plug posting PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK and we are short a kindergarten or 1st grade teacher and a Guidance Counselor If one of those is the type of position you re looking for please check out my posting and give us some consideration We are not the drama queens of Alaska you know Ooooooooh Barrow or Oooooooooh Kodiak or Kenai is so cool gag No we re more like Togiak where the heck is that never heard of it See we re the best kept secret in Alaska just a nice normal place in the Bristol Bay area beautiful tundra surrounded by gorgeous mountains and an awesome school with awesome somewhat kids hey they re kids and an awesome supportive group of teachers I am shamelessly biased but whatever If you want a decent salary nobody can compete with North Slope salaries but at least WE get sunrises and sunsets ALL YEAR and want an easy transition to Alaska living we are your BEST choice jus sayin marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re Baby Steps to Alaska by Planetwalker Wed Jun 03 2015 6 13 am cool thanks Changes come from the Power of Many but only when the many come together to form that which is invincible The Power of One Bryce Courtenay Planetwalker Posts 31 Joined Sat Mar 08 2014 6 34 am Location Nulato AK Top Re Baby Steps to Alaska by Planetwalker Wed Jun 10 2015 5 40 am LOTS of interviews now Too many to keep up with the kind of research that I did for Nulato Schools down in the Twin Cities are opening up as well This is a very busy month for me I would like to have 3 solid choices 1 bush North 1 bush midddle and one Minneapolis choice I have my latter choices set i believe just looking to get an interview with another North Slope spot This has been an eye opening experience Thanks to Betty John Bushteacher and many others for much needed

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