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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - All things Kotzebue!
    accident She was potty trained for 6 years before the move up So I m not a bring your pet with you person but a cat is totally different Just remember that each time you travel you will have to make accommodations for the pet Hotels in anchorage aren t exactly pet friendly 3 Bring things that make you happy I did t bring firearms at first since I wasn t a resident yet I regretted that because bird and small game hunting was t crazy expensive 4 I just read a good article about GCI s overage fees I doubt your speed will be fast enough to stream And streaming eats up your data fast Very fast We bought the middle plan 80 and with three adults and two small children have only gone over once in two years Thanks for your input I was thinking about the middle plan as well It s not much more than what I pay now and there s not much that I do that eats up a lot of data That s good to know I d like to bring my rifle and shotgun I haven t been in a position to hunt in quite a while and I would love to be able to get back into it Are there any special permits required to have them I would probably ship them instead of jumping through airline hoops CoreyShep Posts 6 Joined Thu May 14 2015 6 07 pm Location Tennessee Top Re All things Kotzebue by Bushteachers Sat May 23 2015 9 28 pm CoreyShep wrote Bushteachers wrote 1 I d do GCI Your other option sounds like it may be a local provider Not sure how reliable it would be outside of Kotz 2 We originally brought a dog with us The flight from ATL to our village messed her head up We couldn t leave her in the house without an accident She was potty trained for 6 years before the move up So I m not a bring your pet with you person but a cat is totally different Just remember that each time you travel you will have to make accommodations for the pet Hotels in anchorage aren t exactly pet friendly 3 Bring things that make you happy I did t bring firearms at first since I wasn t a resident yet I regretted that because bird and small game hunting was t crazy expensive 4 I just read a good article about GCI s overage fees I doubt your speed will be fast enough to stream And streaming eats up your data fast Very fast We bought the middle plan 80 and with three adults and two small children have only gone over once in two years Thanks for your input I was thinking about the middle plan as well It s not much more than what I pay now and there s not much that I do that eats up a lot of

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Instead of full circle...
    on monday arrived on tuesday I wasn t sure what you meant exactly Could you clarify I see 2 likely interpretations 1 The groceries were 37 and the handling fee and the shipping cost pushed the total to 78 This would be a really good deal 2 The cost of all the food was 78 PLUS 10 handling and 31 shipping meaning a total of 119 Thanks pete in kasigluk It was 109 The 78 included the 10 fee Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Instead of full circle by Bushteachers Mon May 18 2015 9 35 pm schneidler wrote Wow thanks for the great info My wife and I have been using full circle for years and I m always on the lookout for something quality that is cheaper I have a question about the cost You said Total cost was 78 with a 10 handling fee well worth it and 31 shipping cost priority mail left on monday arrived on tuesday I wasn t sure what you meant exactly Could you clarify I see 2 likely interpretations 1 The groceries were 37 and the handling fee and the shipping cost pushed the total to 78 This would be a really good deal 2 The cost of all the food was 78 PLUS 10 handling and 31 shipping meaning a total of 119 Thanks pete in kasigluk If you pull the weekly ad for the store there are sale prices I also call the produce manager and find out prices on everything I buy What I enjoy about it is the fee is small considering I don t have to go in or pack or ship Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Instead of full circle by marymatt718 Wed May 27 2015 7 50 am Thank you Bushteachers I am going to try this method I ve been in Togiak for 2 years and we luckily are a delivery hub so we are pretty lucky with our produce BUT we get a selection based on what is popular in the village of course what the AC can sell I did try Full Circle and found if several of us got together we could order the largest box and split the cost most of the cost is shipping anyway so the bigger the box the more produce you actually get Unfortunately for us and for Full Circle the boxes came in on Everts Cargo not one of my favorite companies so often the boxes were crushed or the produce was crushed inside the box from being tossed around so much Full Circle was really good about giving credit but it happened so often that it became ridiculous Full Circle was losing money and we weren t getting decent produce all because the cargo company was irresponsible I have seen Fred Meyer boxes come in on Grant the air service that carries the mail to our village

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Noob Teacher-Contract question
    with a small village that needs me Can I negotiate for my commitment Thanx ahead of time for responses planet 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 Noob Teacher Contract question by Bushteachers Mon May 18 2015 12 21 pm Planetwalker wrote HA HA no really I am a new non traditional teacher About 40yrs old I ve had a few interviews in 3 completely different school districts 1 high paying yet terrible environment one medium pay and medium environment and 1 low pay but sweet environment I am very interested in the medium pay medium environment spot but I was thinking of trying to negotiate for more pay or better benefits or better incentives Is a new teacher allowed to try to negotiate up in Alaska Would that be considered unprofessional by HR people I don t want to ruin any chance for a great spot in a village but it would also be great to get the best deal that I can I plan on sticking around for awhile No 1 yr and i m gone attitude from me I m in it to win it with a small village that needs me Can I negotiate for my commitment Thanx ahead of time for responses planet First take it one year at a time Many people want to stick around for awhile but it isn t always possible Get through your first year Do not tell the kids you are staying forever until you know for sure Teacher retention in the bush is pretty low and it isn t for everyone However with the right attitude and the ability to understand that each village is unique you can stay around for awhile Now as far as negotiating your salary There is a negotiated agreement that the districts union has negotiated with the board Your salary will be based off that You won t get paid more than any other teacher that is coming in with similar experience There are often times perks moving allowance etc that may not be in the NA and the district may not tell about I d ask if there is a moving allowance May I ask what districts you are looking at You can PM me I know our district is hiring a few positions Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Noob Teacher Contract question by Planetwalker Mon May 18 2015 12 46 pm Ok Great Such helpful information 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 Noob Teacher Contract question by schneidler Mon May 18 2015

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Internet in teacher housing in the bush?
    by availability by entering the name of the community GCI Internet Package Finder by village http www gci com internet plans GCI Village Broadband Package Unalakleet BSSD GCI Village Regular Package Wales BSSD As you can see the bandwidth allocation cost ratio is hugely different In comparison satellite Internet packages will be about 100 month for a pretty decent connection but will impacted sometimes by weather snow ice rain on dish and will have more startup costs unless the district housing unit already has a dish in place Here is a map of the GCI Terra Project villages online and a link to their proposed ones for the coming year GCI Terra Project Info http terra gci com maps locations Here are some providers of satellite Internet in Alaska Note that Dish Network does not work and is not available in the part of Alaska I lived in despite what the company says when you call but it may be in some areas Exede Internet Microcom is Alaska reseller http www exede com local dealer microcom alaska Hughes net Who I had the last several years http www hughesnet com index cfm page Alaska Alaska Satellite Internet Fairbanks Alaska Phone 907 451 0088 Toll Free 1 888 396 5623 Starband Associated with the Open Skies grant project rolled out in 2011 or 2012 but I have had no experience with this since that service was implemented I was a Starband customer in the early 2000s before switching to Hughes net http www starband com Finally many districts do not discourage or prohibit staff use of the Internet during non work hours to take online classes Most schools do have decent Internet at this point but again it may not be broadband like you are used to living in the L48 Hope this helps John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Internet in teacher housing in the bush by robfamily6 Mon Jan 12 2015 6 53 am wow Thanks John That s great information and is a huge help Thanks again robfamily6 Posts 15 Joined Mon Dec 15 2014 4 21 pm Top Re Internet in teacher housing in the bush by Planetwalker Tue Jan 13 2015 8 02 pm Great research 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 Internet in teacher housing in the bush by marymatt718 Thu Jan 15 2015 9 31 pm John is right there is internet available I am working on a Master s in Teaching Math right now I have GCI but where the teacher housing in my village is located makes GCI unreliable at times Our housing is 3 and 1 2 miles from the main village where residents tell me they have no problems with GCI at all A friend

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Resubmitting application for new openings
    14 2015 6 42 pm Hello Yes when you select a new position the district is in theory notified However many districts use the Applitrack system differently They may or may not choose to get notifications The key is to get their ATTENTION as they are very busy with the end of school graduation end of year grant reports and so on You should not worry about flooding the HR departments with notices at this time of year In fact for those you are very interested in I recommend calling to follow up and sending personal emails to the HR contacts for that district Polite and persistent has gotten many teachers jobs in Alaska The purpose if the other feature is so that mostly rural districts who are looking for candidates whether you have applied with them or not can find teachers who are looking for certain types of jobs This is how many and perhaps even most districts use the system best They look for pools of candidates that have indicated an interest in certain types of jobs and then contact applicants that catch their interest Hope this helps John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Resubmitting application for new openings by CoreyShep Thu May 14 2015 6 49 pm Johncn wrote Hello Yes when you select a new position the district is in theory notified However many districts use the Applitrack system differently They may or may not choose to get notifications The key is to get their ATTENTION as they are very busy with the end of school graduation end of year grant reports and so on You should not worry about flooding the HR departments with notices at this time of year In fact for those you are very

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Moving to Hyder!!!
    and I are extremely excited to start this adventure While planning our move we thought of a few questions that I hope the members of this forum can help with We will be moving this summer but was wondering if we will need to upgrade our vehicle to a 4 wheel drive for the winters If not what do you recommend Studded tires Chains Are there any recommendations about a pediatrician in the Southeast region What is the best way to get fresh produce I have read on this forum about bush orders from Fred Myers and Sam s Club is there any other options Thank you in advance for all of your advice CSD2 Posts 5 Joined Tue Feb 03 2015 4 40 pm Top Re Moving to Hyder by Bushteachers Wed May 13 2015 8 16 pm CSD2 wrote Greetings I received an intent to hire from the school in Hyder My family and I are extremely excited to start this adventure While planning our move we thought of a few questions that I hope the members of this forum can help with We will be moving this summer but was wondering if we will need to upgrade our vehicle to a 4 wheel drive for the winters If not what do you recommend Studded tires Chains Are there any recommendations about a pediatrician in the Southeast region What is the best way to get fresh produce I have read on this forum about bush orders from Fred Myers and Sam s Club is there any other options Thank you in advance for all of your advice I know very little of SE I m sure their winters are milder than farther north so I am sure front wheel drive with studded tires should be fine I think

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Parent of a new teacher
    a new teacher by brutalwinter Wed May 13 2015 2 16 pm My daughter just graduated from college and has been offered and has accepted a teaching position in Alaska She is super excited she will be teaching high school English I guess I just wanted to know if anyone has any advice for the parent of a teacher in Alaska She will be teaching in a small village brutalwinter Posts 1 Joined Wed May 13 2015 2 06 pm Top Re Parent of a new teacher by Bushteachers Wed May 13 2015 3 50 pm brutalwinter wrote My daughter just graduated from college and has been offered and has accepted a teaching position in Alaska She is super excited she will be teaching high school English I guess I just wanted to know if anyone has any advice for the parent of a teacher in Alaska She will be teaching in a small village Tell her congratulations Where And what is considered small One year at the SPED conference people were talking about a small village but it had 500 people That s large in my district We have 4 7villages in my district have less than 100 people Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Parent of a new teacher by Johncn Wed May 13 2015 4 42 pm Hi Congratulations on her new position I would say that she can find out lots of useful information here and on our main website http www alaskateacher org This entire site is devoted to helping teachers answer questions they have about moving to Alaska for the purpose of living and working in mostly small rural communities Do you or does she have specific questions We can t really respond with some direction Many

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Rain gear suggestions
    temps ranging from 40 all the way up 60 They are slip on boots which make them easy and comfortable to wear I know you can buy them in Anchorage for about 130 150 ElemEducator Posts 15 Joined Tue Mar 10 2015 6 24 am Top Re Rain gear suggestions by esbynum Sat Apr 04 2015 8 58 pm ElemEducator wrote I did not necessarily buy much rain gear this past summer but the I would highly recommend an excellent pair of boots I purchased the Muck brand Arctic Sport boots and they are by far the best piece of gear that I have purchased You can comfortably wear them in temps ranging from 40 all the way up 60 They are slip on boots which make them easy and comfortable to wear I know you can buy them in Anchorage for about 130 150 For the Muck s do you recommend the mid or the high boot esbynum Posts 25 Joined Tue Jul 08 2014 9 21 am Top Re Rain gear suggestions by ElemEducator Sun Apr 05 2015 1 45 am I purchased the high boot They come up just a few inches short of my knee and help keep your legs much warmer I would definitely recommend the high especially if you re going to be trekking around in any mud in the spring ElemEducator Posts 15 Joined Tue Mar 10 2015 6 24 am Top Re Rain gear suggestions by Bushteachers Sun May 10 2015 2 33 pm ethetedave wrote Hello and thank you in advance for any words of wisdom from the ATP user world My question is basic but it concerns a very important topic What is the best highest quality money no issue kinda raingear for Yukon Lower Kuskokwim area from June to end of mud season I don t want to skimp on this necessity so any advice would be most appreciated Many thanks for your advice Dave from Wyoming You are kind of in my area I wore a marmot rain jacket that worked great until I ripped it I now wear a mountain hard wear jacket Hanson Healy is popular For moose hunting I wear military goretex gear For checking net I wear frog togs I admit to not wearing rain pants very often I just wear quick dry pants Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Rain gear suggestions by ethetedave Wed May 13 2015 2 17 pm Thank you for the advice I am going to be in my village in mid June for some training and just want to know what to except weather wise near Bethel on the Kuskokwim Are the MuckBoots as recommended overkill and too much boot in June I have been told that decent hiking boots that are waterproof would suffice Again thank you all with experience a heartfelt thank you for the information that you provide old newbie s like myself ethetedave Posts 13 Joined Sun

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