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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Baby Steps to Alaska
    would come I m using part of an inheritance from my grandmother to make this happen though I just set that money aside and earmarked it Bailout Fund not ever to be touched for any reason no matter how hard things got here and did they ever this past year as the Russian economy imploded and the ruble dropped about 50 My school starts earlier too to accommodate many Old Believer church holidays we get during the year I start Aug 3 which is a good thing as I was worrying I d have to live on what s left or plastic to float me til my first paycheck closer to September Costco runs are never cheap One thing I can say though is there are so many helpful and friendly people in Alaska I have long time friends in Anchorage who helped me find housing and said vehicle offered an address to ship all these boxes to etc I ve connected with a couple of people in the running community in Homer ready to hook me up with some decent trail running I d rather have the company esp during BEAR season BTW I read a year or so back that Fairbanks now offers 5000 for out of state relocation MAAAAN could I have used that back in the day Even now that would make such a difference Nulato the Spanish teacher I shared a classroom with my first year in Fairbanks had also just been hired that year out of Nulato where she d been the principal for 7 years She said the kids were great Good Luck My letter of intent actually gave me 10 days to decide but I wasn t going to leave them hanging and pretty much knew I wanted the job kazachka Posts 14 Joined Sun Mar 29 2015 7 42 am Location Moscow Russia Website Top Re Baby Steps to Alaska by Planetwalker Tue Jul 14 2015 8 25 am Hiya peeps I ve started a blog HAHA http www bushvillageteacher wordpress com yep that s me Cheers 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 Thu Aug 13 2015 6 50 am Hello again everyone I kind of miss talking to you all but I wanted to let you know that the babysteps to Alaska quickly turned into giant leaps very fast I am now currently in Nulato and our team plans to make this school the best school to work at in the YKSD Go Wolves For more info feel free to check out my blog at bushvillageteacher wordpress com 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

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Checking it out!
    re having to come up with the cash to buy groceries plane tickets and other supplies It s good that you re getting started now marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re Checking it out by Bushteachers Fri Aug 14 2015 12 14 am jessica jasek wrote So much wonderful info here Thanks to everyone who contributes Our short story is I teach elementary school general and special ed in a small rural Wisconsin school I am married and we have three young children My family and I would like to make the leap and experience Alaska hopefully beginning next summer We are in the beginning stages of researching districts There are basically only two things we are certain of at this point We do not want to be in a city and I would like to teach Is there an area where we may be able to drive to in the summer even if we are stuck there all winter So far it appears as tho Valdez may be an option Does anyone have any adivice about where to start looking We have so many other questions about housing licensure transportation etc But I think we may need to narrow down some districts first Thanks everyone MaryMatt gave some good advise once again so I really have nothing to add I would say that some districts offer relocation stipends Usually it is about the cost of a ticket Not much but better than nothing With elementary and SPED you won t have a problem getting a job as long as you are a good teacher How old are your kids That is something that could make you more marketable School age kids bring in money Does the spouse work If not that opens up more doors but some places Valdez for example are quite expensive and make one income living hard What does it cost to move with a small family Well I just made the move within the state of Alaska Two small kids and the wife We spent 10k to move 400 miles Now that included barging a vehicle and deposits on the new house we are renting But moves are not cheap Living on the road would lessen the initial grocery bill but make sure you start saving now Also I do not think any of the road districts offer teacher housing Valdez doesn t Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Checking it out by jessica jasek Sat Aug 15 2015 2 17 pm Thanks again everyone for you advice I didn t realize that typically road schools don t offer teacher housing something to think about Currently my husband is a deputy at the local sheriffs department doing dispatch and a jail We have no plans set in stone but we were hoping he wouldn t have to work at least for a while OR be able to do something more physically

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Trail running
    center in Memphis in less than an hour Even then we nearly lost her and to this day she still has a blood clot on her brain that impairs some of her physical and mental functions almost 20 years later So yes having access to your tunes is a wonderful modern marvel but please don t be foolish Please stay aware of your surroundings Please don t become a statistic Science teacher here As a species we don t have fangs and claws to defend ourselves we have intelligence and awareness Use them marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re Trail running by Bushteachers Fri Aug 14 2015 2 00 pm I never leave the village and now town without something for bears A can of bear spray works great as does a 44 mag Or at least a 357 mag If you are funning get a nice chest rig like this http www mangearalaska com When i was living in the Yukon Kuskokwim delta bears weren t as big of a problem but now I walk around town and I see bear scat A lot of it Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Trail running by Johncn Sat Aug 15 2015 4 57 am Hello Although incidents are few and far between with runners having uh run ins with wildlife it does happen And it can end badly But there ere are other dangers such as four wheelers sharing the trails and subsistence hunting going on outside the villages Be aware of surroundings if running local trails and talk to locals about where you plan to go and when you plan to do it ask them if they think it s OK before deciding your route Running with others is a good idea and some schools have teachers that work out together regularly in all sorts of weather My wife and I got a good treadmill for running and was a very good investment for mental and physical health It was well used and loved and passed on to another employee when we finally left Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Trail running by kazachka Thu Aug 20 2015 9 05 pm Greetings from the Kenai been too busy to post much as our first workday was Aug 3 and between school and my training my time is filled The kids here are great BTW we have BEARS needless to say This is a good topic and bear safety IS an issue I am 10 miles out of Homer and carry bear spray and wear a bear bell on my shoe I run the hilly mountain trails near my house and have seen bear scat more than once I am a 70 100mile a week runner depending on what I am training for and in what training cycle I happen to be I will probably find a running buddy

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Home Economics 101
    area they are certified or highly qualified in So districts and principals usually have to ask new teachers to deliver content in a wide variety of subject areas I have often said that what rural Alaska needs is not more highly trained specialists but rather passionate and flexible generalists Sadly schools of education even in Alaska have stopped producing and training generalists Nationally schools the work with pre service teachers have latched onto the idea that school teachers should be junior professors experts in their field and content specialists and grade level specialists They have narrowed the curriculum greatly in the name of subject specialty as a miracle cure for what is wrong with education Ah well Enough personal opinion There are two ways to approach your situation really Glass half empty or glass half full I was certified in Special Education and Social Sciences but ended up teaching lots and lots of courses to students in grades 7 12 in my rural Alaska career Language Arts Oceanography Meteorology theater computers web design and even the dreaded for me PE I usually rephrased it in my mind as I get to teach fill in the subject area this year instead of I have been forced to teach fill in the subject area this year It turned out that as I grew as a teacher I discovered that I loved the fact that I got to learn and become somewhat familiar with a whole new area of inquiry each year I think that kept me fresh and prevented me getting bored over the years No as to your question I hate to ask the obvious but I will Have you asked your principal if there is a curriculum and or textbook for the course There may not be honestly or he or she may not know If that is the case you could ask the district office assuming you have permission for that There should be something that outlines what is supposed to be taught or the standards that are mastered by students studying Home Economics In most states including Alaska Home Economics is now called Family and Consumer Science There are some decent sources of information if you do a search on that rather than the retro term Home Economics Let s assume there is nothing but a warm and vague idea of what should be taught or worse yet just a course title No problem As someone who worked most of his career in a standards based district I would use the National FACS Standards and just figure out what you are going to do with the kiddos you actually have so that they know and can be able to do those things If there is no official curriculum nobody can criticize you for making up a course from eclectic resources to support the FACS standards http www nasafacs org national standa ncies html Now with that said you have to make this RELEVANT to the environment and life

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Just Got Hired!!!!
    I applied to my first choice school district and got hired I am currently living in Virginia and am working my tail off to make sure all my paperwork goes through to transfer my license get certified in Alaska Does anyone have any tips or words of wisdom for me as I go through this journey jkathleenlorraine Posts 1 Joined Wed Aug 05 2015 11 35 am Top Re Just Got Hired by Johncn Sat Aug 15 2015 5 08 am Hi Congrats on your new position I would recommend that you read the details of the Alaska EED certification forms and packet You are under a tight timeline as you can t teach without certification or get paid as anything but a sub and your district will want you to be there quickly It is a SINGLE packet process meaning they want every piece of paper in the same envelope including your Institutional Recommendation signed by an official at the school you did your pre service certification program at Your district will probably tell EED you have been hired and they will then expedite things But your part of the process needs to be flawless I would if already

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Looking to return to AK
    Looking to return to AK by Bushteachers Mon Aug 03 2015 5 03 pm Look into openings with Iditarod Area School district I doubt an administrator position will be found this late but there are still jobs out there I am almost positive that IASD has zero math teachers at the moment Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Looking to return to AK by Johncn Tue Aug 04 2015 3 24 am Mindy The first thing I would recommend is to make sure your ATP Applitrack file is up to date for you and your husband Any files not active in the last year will be deactivated manually by ATP a bit later this month They do it every August so log in and update now to avoid becoming invisible In addition if you were an Alaska certified teacher in the recent past check on your Alaska certification This is especially true so close to school opening National Board Certification is great but on its own it will not allow you to teach in Alaska It all depends on your certification status when you left and what steps you ve taken to maintain or update your Alaska certificate There is a big difference in what steps are required for those who let initial short term certificates expire and those who have expired or soon to expire longer term Professional five year certificates In fact some teachers who do a couple of years in Alaska and leave without converting their Initial one or two year cert into a more permanent type of certificate have significant issues getting re certified A continuation can only be obtained if the Initial was obtained with the last few years From Alaska EED https education alaska gov teachercertification apply

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Traveling with coolers
    lbs is if you have to hand carry it everywhere jamieburgess Posts 11 Joined Tue Apr 14 2015 8 08 pm Top Re Traveling with coolers by esbynum Tue Jul 28 2015 12 45 pm Or maybe a better option this time is a freezer bag I can mail out some of my clothes and then put this in my checked baggage This is available on Amazon for less than 13 Anyone know if the local Wal Mart has something comparable It holds 45 cans http www amazon com Arctic Zone Blend 1253555011 esbynum Posts 25 Joined Tue Jul 08 2014 9 21 am Top Re Traveling with coolers by Bushteachers Tue Jul 28 2015 2 05 pm I ve used the igloo cube once Most coolers are to heavy IMO We now just use Rubbermaid totes I can carry ten more pounds of meat or veggies We also mail our cheese and butter Another option is getting a fish box in town Those boxes are super light and very well insulated We bought two this year for future trips to town I did place frozen veggies in one this summer Did fine but so did the totes Most bush airlines will keep stuff froz n so a tote is fine Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Traveling with coolers by marymatt718 Wed Jul 29 2015 6 24 pm Definitely look at the fish boxes They are super cheap really light and nicely insulated You can find them in the sports supply section at Walmart I have used mine more than once and will continue to use them until the Styrofoam liner falls apart These are the cardboard boxes lined with Styrofoam that sport fishing tourists use to take their catch home to the lower 48 so they will easily keep your stuff frozen until you get to your village The size is acceptable on the airlines since that s what they were created for so there s one worry you can check off the list I do know teachers going to other villages who are able to get to their village straight from Anchorage on one flight who have used totes and had really good luck with them My trip to my village however usually has a 4 5 hour layover in a bush service terminal for the last leg of my trip and if there is a weather delay that makes that layover longer I would be in trouble with a tote If I could use the totes I would but for my trip out which has taken anywhere from 7 hours in good weather to 12 hours in not so good weather I can t take the chance marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re Traveling with coolers by esbynum Wed Jul 29 2015 6 33 pm Thanks Will definitely look for the fish boxes when in Anchorage esbynum Posts 25 Joined Tue Jul

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Housing Tax Deduction
    12 36 pm Top Re Housing Tax Deduction by marymatt718 Sat Jul 25 2015 12 52 pm Here is a form I was given by a teacher at my school who has been here for about 12 years I am copying and pasting this from a Word document I give now to all our new teachers before they come so they can run it by their tax person just to be sure Our district takes our rent out of our check and tallies it on our pay statements through the year which is why you will see in the instructions to copy our December pay statement to include with this form I don t electronically file because of this form but it s worth it for the tax deduction He has used this every year with no problems and I have used it myself for two years with no problems Copy and paste the last part of this and change the year as needed 1040x just means 1040 whatever The first step by step stuff is the set of instructions he included in his email I just put them both together as a 2 page Word document for our Newbies so I didn t have to hunt down his email every time I send this Hope this helps you all Donna M marymatt718 Hi Folks After years of trial and error here are some important tax tips for rural teachers The most important is that your district supplied teacher housing is tax deductible Step 1 Print out the attached form and fill in your name Include this with your paperwork Step 2 Make a copy of your December pay stub Circle the total amount paid in rent Step 3 Enter that rent amount as a negative number on line 21

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