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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Share the joy
    joy by Courtney Wed Apr 30 2014 4 25 pm Well I already shared my news but I ll happily post it again because I m just THAT excited I ve signed a contract with Lower Yukon School District and I m going to be teaching kindergarten at Alakanuk It s a brand new school and it looks gorgeous Congrats on your position Jen Courtney Posts 7 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 2 24 am Location Alakanuk Alaska Top Re Share the joy by Johncn Wed Apr 30 2014 5 22 pm Jen The parallels to the NFL Draft are numerous Congrats on being a high pick and let us know if we can help between now and NSBSD s Training Camp John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Share the joy by jen sargent679 Thu May 01 2014 4 58 am Thanks John You are so helpful to all us newbies I think all the information is going to make the transition a lot easier And Congrats to Courtney for her job in the Lower Yukon Kindergarten is a fun age group to work with I wish you all the patience in the world Jennifer jen sargent679 Posts 14 Joined Tue Feb 18 2014 12 46 pm Top Re Share the joy by Darla Grediagin Thu May 01 2014 4 45 pm Congratulations on all the new positions I hope you all have a fantastic time Darla Darla Grediagin Posts 33 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 4 55 pm Top Re Share the joy by Toni McFadden Mon May 05 2014 2 55 pm Congratulations on your new positions Alaska Teacher Placement has a link to bloggers who teach in Alaska If you are the writing type and want to start or

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Teaching with Large Family
    welcome a family such as yours because the increase of ADM funding units for schools in Alaska in many rural locations would more than pay for the salary of a teacher or even make the difference in whether or not a small school could stay open for that school year Honestly The minimum ADM average daily membership for school to keep it open is 10 students from K 12 preschool is not funded in Alaska Schools with small numbers are usually multigrade schools with one or two teachers Without that critical number many small schools have closed since the number was raised from 8 students in spring of 1998 The Alaska Department of Education EED or DEED has closed 16 small schools between SB 36 coming out and the beginning of the 2004 05 school year Since then according to my notes an additional 10 or so additional small schools have closed Once they close the communities can almost never open them back up as the families with school age children leave So some districts may really enjoy finding a large ish family such as yours In other districts however the available housing that the district has built or purchased determines who they can hire and house as the union contract they have with teachers includes wording requiring that district to be the landlord They have to house who they hire BSSD for instance has almost all two bedroom housing units because that is what they built There are a handful of three bedroom units 2 or 3 in 15 sites and nothing larger so far as I know That means that if a married couple is hired it s tough but not impossible to consider families with more two children Depending on the ages and genders of the children it can be tough for teacher we hire to have more than one child And it also means that we have many teachers who were hired as singles who need to share a two bedroom apartment with another teacher of the same gender As far as being accepted that varies greatly by community and the personalities involved My usual advice is to seek the best districts for a professional fit for you The other stuff is not knowable in advance You ll have to make some guesses but make the professional fit the key and then if you get close to an offer with a district let them know your personal situation They will likely probe a little or ask outright anyway They need to make sure you are happy Both the housing and the acceptance of your children would fit in that category And if a rural district they will need to know your housing needs in order to consider you seriously as a candidate Hope this helps and I am sure others will point out exceptions That s why a diversity of opinions and perspectives is useful Regards John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - You have the job, Now what do you take?
    cardboard apple boxes from Anchorage where mail out to the villages is much cheaper than it is from the Lower 48 and use my Alaska air service s baggage allowance to my town for food For my trips into the village what I do is use one Tough Box tub from Home Depot see pictures and one rolling cube cooler on wheels see pictures as my two pieces of luggage The cooler keeps perishable items from spoiling when it s warm and from freezing when it s cold in the belly or back of the plane The Tough Box closes with zip ties and I put bulky items and bread in there I use a portable luggage scale at the supermarket or airport to make sure I am under 50 pounds for each Here are some images with travel tips showing our usual approach to travel in our family Other rural educators may have different approaches or favorite methods but this is ours Hope it helps those coming up Rubbermaid Sterlite or Apple Boxes Oh my First of all although most teachers now seem to prefer the Rubbermaid or Sterlite tubs for mailing old school apple boxes are impregnated with wax are a perfect size and resist moisture very well They also allow me to get 4 12 packs of my favorite soda water AND four 2 liter bottles in the same box at under the weight limit The Tough Box is a Home Depot item that is a very sturdy alternative to Rubbermaid or Sterlite tubs and comes with pre made holes for zip ties AND for attaching to your hand scale They are also larger than the Rubbermade ones so fit more or bulkier items We prefer them at 13 or so over the more commonly popular tubs but your mileage may vary Igloo Cube Rolling Cooler Rolling coolers of various types are very popular We prefer the Igloo Cube Here are our coolers in stacked mode We buy ours in the Lower 48 at Walmart for 28 as they are so popular up in Alaska that the same cooler usually sells for 50 or more This is the usual scene in the parking lot of the grocery store or hotel as we get ready to head to the airport You will get incredibly good at shopping and packing for 50 pound coolers and boxes with a little practice It s just plain scary how good this woman is at it usually within a pound of the limit when she gives me one to weigh Seriously Spooky The Bush Travel Essentials This is what we travel with each and every time we get on a airplane These items will really prove their worth over and over again while traveling in rural Alaska Hope this helps John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re You have the job Now what do you take by Darla Grediagin Wed Apr 16 2014 1 32 pm

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Job Fair
    are no guarantees that attending any job fair will result in a job And yes it is expensive to fly to Anchorage for those from the Lower 48 However the chances of making a good impression on a district that hires you now or further down the road after a contact at this event are better than they would be for someone not attending the fair in my opinion Hope this helps John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Job Fair by juliegottfried Tue Apr 08 2014 4 03 am Thank you so much for your response I am currently weighing my options and I am taking many factors into consideration Your reply is very much appreciated I also want to say thank you to ATP for this forum the live chats and the website I have had so many questions answered with these tools Thank you Julie juliegottfried Posts 4 Joined Mon Apr 07 2014 2 47 pm Top Re Job Fair by trvlaus Tue Apr 08 2014 6 04 pm I ve been teaching in AK for nine years now In my opinion the price of an airline ticket is well worth every penny spent for the experience and exposure you will acquire by attending the AK job fair That is if you are completely committed to securing a teaching position here When I wanted a job in AK I attended the MSP and Anch Job Fair even thought I was a dirt poor college kid and that is what prepared me for the interview process and confirmed where I wanted to teach when offered many contracts trvlaus Posts 4 Joined Tue Apr 08 2014 5 49 pm Top Re Job Fair by Darla Grediagin Wed Apr 09 2014 7 22 am It is great to go to a job fair because you quickly build collegiality with other teachers While Alaska is a large state physically it is a small state educationally You will become friends with people both in your village and others You start to recognize others who are heading out to the bush to teach when you see them at Costco buying large amounts of groceries in August You will meet at various conferences It is nice to start to build these relationships in the beginning Good luck with you decision Darla Grediagin Posts 33 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 4 55 pm Top Re Job Fair by jen sargent679 Wed Apr 09 2014 1 08 pm This might not be typical I attended the Minneapolis Job Fair and spent the whole day at the fair I talked to everyone even the ones that didn t have science listed on their board It was a great opportunity to meet the Supers and sometimes a Principal possibly your future boss I highly recommend going to one with lots of resumes and make copies of your list of references I forgot to do that You might not be a fit

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Hydaburg Alaska?
    like there We have a 10 year old girl and 12 and 14 year old boys They are excited about the possible change but we are concerned that this will be more of a culture shock than they could possibly know Bdub Posts 3 Joined Thu Apr 10 2014 6 12 am Top Re Hydaburg Alaska by Bdub Thu Apr 10 2014 12 19 pm I m just going to post questions as they come to me Maybe I will get some answers If not no problem So one thing that just popped into my head is I have heard that four wheelers and boats are very handy on POW Do I need a lawn mower Bdub Posts 3 Joined Thu Apr 10 2014 6 12 am Top Re Hydaburg Alaska by macuser64 Fri Apr 11 2014 11 23 am Good luck with the search and about Hydaburg I personally know nothing about it What type of teacher are you I think I might have seen you speaking with Mr Burch at the MN Job Fair this past weekend macuser64 Posts 3 Joined Fri Apr 11 2014 4 31 am Top Re Hydaburg Alaska by Bdub Fri Apr 11 2014 1 05 pm Thank you for the reply I teach Language Arts and Theater Arts My wife teaches Special Education She has spoken with Mr Birch but I have not Unfortunately we have not been able to attend a Job fair We currently live in Tennessee and time and finances hindered us from going Bdub Posts 3 Joined Thu Apr 10 2014 6 12 am Top Re Hydaburg Alaska by Johncn Mon Apr 14 2014 12 41 pm Bdub I don t personally have any first hand knowledge about Hydaburg Southeast is nice and has good access to the state

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - General Questions
    you I can t speak for all districts of course so if the one you are applying for has different information in their application materials I d recommend you follow it Hope this helps Johncn Thanks so much for your thorough reply I will work on this in preparation for the Anchorage Job Fair brittneycloyd Posts 3 Joined Wed Mar 12 2014 3 46 pm Top Contacting School Districts by Dlouis3 Sat Mar 15 2014 6 42 pm Hello I have just submitted my application to ATP and was encouraged to express further interest to the school districts in which I was particularly interested I was just wondering who exactly I should contact Would it be appropriate to email the superintendent Or should I email somebody else entirely Thanks Dlouis3 Posts 3 Joined Sat Mar 15 2014 6 11 pm Top Re Contacting School Districts by Johncn Sat Mar 15 2014 7 15 pm Dlouis3 wrote Hello I have just submitted my application to ATP and was encouraged to express further interest to the school districts in which I was particularly interested I was just wondering who exactly I should contact Would it be appropriate to email the superintendent Or should I email somebody else entirely Thanks Hi It really depends on the district and that can vary from year to year too I d recommend you check the district website for clues You will want to email contact the HR director if you are really interested Superintendents may be a good contact in smaller to medium size district but will likely be swamped with email and delegating in larger districts But you never know I would poke around the website and make some guesses if you are serious Be polite and professional and try to get someone s attention if you are sure the district is for you Regards John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re General Questions by Planetwalker Mon Mar 31 2014 11 00 am Hello I have every intention to make the Minneapolis Job Fair However I may not get my ATP application finished As a matter of fact I am running out of time to finish the application from the time I began 25 days ago What will happen if my application time runs out on this website Can you check to see how many days I have left of activity Thank you for checking into this Sincerely Amy Graham aka Planetwalker 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 General Questions by Betty Walters Mon Mar 31 2014 3 47 pm Amy School district administrators are looking at applications on line before the job fairs It would be prudent to fill out the material as soon as possible It will be important to

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Average costs of living in Rural Alaska
    for shipping if you order from Fred Meyers or WalMart This may go up with increases in US Postal Rates You do learn to shop by weight pretty quick Good luck Darla Grediagin Posts 33 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 4 55 pm Top Re Average costs of living in Rural Alaska by jen sargent679 Fri Apr 04 2014 1 49 am Hi Darla I applied for a job Savoonga Is the rent and shopping the same on the island I enjoyed watching the videos that BSSD put on the website They have a great wealth of information for new teachers Have you ever used Mr Prime Beef Or is it better to shop at COSTCO for meat Thanks Jen jen sargent679 Posts 14 Joined Tue Feb 18 2014 12 46 pm Top Re Average costs of living in Rural Alaska by Darla Grediagin Fri Apr 04 2014 6 06 am Hi Jen Welcome to BSSD The plus of Mr Prime Beef over Costco is that they will package the meat deep freeze it and take it to the airport for shipping If you use Costco you will either be doing that yourself if you are in town or paying for a service to do that for you A lot of people will ship their clothing and take their meat as their baggage on the plane This goes for fresh fruit and vegetable also Darla Darla Grediagin Posts 33 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 4 55 pm Top Re Average costs of living in Rural Alaska by Johncn Sat Apr 05 2014 8 50 pm Hello The cost of living is a very difficult thing to answer as it depends mostly on location Alaska is much much larger than most realize and has lots of different regions with different travel and transportation systems that are used for to move goods That is the biggest determinate so without knowing where it is hard to answering meaningfully The cost of things is slightly higher than say Seattle in urban areas Anchorage Fairbanks etc In rural Alaska it is high if you buy things locally but that is misleading Most teachers order the majority of there consumables by mail or from regional hubs and have them shipped in Therefore you don t often pay the high prices at the local store We all buy SOME things locally though and everyone has their tips and tricks Like Darla said teachers often travel with coolers as luggage and ship luggage by mail but bring fresh foods and perishables as luggage when they fly into the villages Amamzon ships for free there are lots of variations like Amazon Prime and subscriptions to things you know you use lots of that help make basic supplies not at all that bad One thing that many forget is that it s also harder to SPEND money in rural villages so in our family s experience it mostly works out The cost of housing and heating oil are both quite

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Certification question/options
    This depends on if you want to go through the certificate process again in a year s time Can you find out from your institution how long this process may take I was surprised how normal this request is for a university and how quickly an out of state college provided this for me Good luck Darla Grediagin Posts 33 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 4 55 pm Top Re Certification question options by Johncn Mon Apr 07 2014 12 08 pm Hi As we always remind people EED is the best source of information about certification questions Sondra Meredith EED Teacher Certification Program Manager was our guest on a couple of live chats That said if I am interpreting you question correctly I have everything ready to go for my application except for the Institutional Recommendation Form Should I go on and submit my application for the 1 year Out of State Certificate or should I wait for the form and apply for the 2 year Initial Certificate Unless EED has changed their requirements on their site they use a single packet approach which simply means that when you send your application materials in with a signature required you need to make sure EVERYTHING is included That means you can t send everything but the Institutional Recommendation It s got to have all your forms in the same package as well as fingerprint cards and so on Hope this helps and let me know if they have changed that since our last ATP Live Chat with Sondra The Alaska EED Teacher Certification site is Alaska EED Teacher Certification Office Juneau http education alaska gov TeacherCertification Regards John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Certification question options by msheffield Mon Apr 07 2014

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