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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Teaching in Alaska
    very little opportunity for my fiancé back in Michigan we are seriously considering working here in Kotzebue starting in the 2016 school year 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 Re Teaching in Alaska Posted Sun Sep 06 2015 7 59 am by cyclone67 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 Re Teaching in Alaska Posted Sun Sep 06 2015 12 27 pm by stephanie schneider 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 Re Teaching in Alaska Posted Sun Sep 06 2015 12 57 pm by cyclone67 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 Re Teaching in Alaska Posted Sun Sep 06 2015 1 34 pm by stephanie schneider 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 Re Teaching in Alaska Posted Tue Sep 08 2015 6 07 am by Johncn 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 the district subsidized housing benefits you describe I do see the rents listed for Certified Certificated staff and their Negotiated Agreement union contract does have specifics NWABSD Pay and Benefits http www nwarctic org Page

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Teaching in Alaska
    Page 2 of 2 Re Teaching in Alaska Posted Thu Sep 10 2015 8 53 am by stephanie schneider Thanks everyone for the ideas This is a difficult and very research intensive decision and I appreciate any and all information

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Looking for a new start
    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 Re Looking for a new start Posted Thu Jan 08 2015 2 01 pm by tnuts20 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 Re Looking for a new start Posted Thu Jan 08 2015 8 22 pm by marymatt718 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 picked up on it right away We all suffered from this situation He didn t return and neither did 4 others who had left their partners elsewhere To

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - 4 yr teacher/coach w/wife and 1yr old..advice for future
    travel and so does my wife We are open to new activities and such Thanks again in advance J Re 4 yr teacher coach w wife and 1yr old advice for future Posted Fri Sep 04 2015 7 16 am by Bushteachers 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

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Anyone Applying for Iditarod Area School District?
    and administrators so keep those words of wisdom flowing Betty Walters Alaska Statewide Mentor Project Re Anyone Applying for Iditarod Area School District Posted Mon Jul 20 2015 10 20 pm by marymatt718 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 Re Anyone Applying for Iditarod Area School District Posted Tue Jul 21 2015 12 12 am by Bushteachers 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 Re Anyone Applying for Iditarod Area School District Posted Mon Aug 24 2015 5 29 am by michaelgens 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 Re Anyone Applying for Iditarod Area School District Posted Fri Aug 28 2015 7 34 am by Bushteachers michaelgens wrote 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

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Teacher Housing in the Southeast
    they anticipate openings housing availability for the 2016 17 school year Thanks Re Teacher Housing in the Southeast Posted Tue Aug 25 2015 4 46 am by Johncn 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

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Baby Steps to Alaska
    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 Re Baby Steps to Alaska Posted Mon Jan 19 2015 3 01 pm by Planetwalker Are you kidding That helps A LOT Cheers to you John Re Baby Steps to Alaska Posted Tue Jun 02 2015 3 32 pm by Planetwalker HEY PEEPS I just got my yellow card in the mail Re Baby Steps to Alaska Posted Tue Jun 02 2015 5 06 pm by marymatt718 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 Re Baby Steps to Alaska Posted Wed Jun 03 2015 6 13 am by Planetwalker cool thanks Re Baby Steps to Alaska Posted Wed Jun 10 2015

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Baby Steps to Alaska
    my trophies going to have to do this in 2 stages now and in December or next summer because of moving expenses from the past 10 years of racing Those I will not pitch or ditch as many of them were from high level races I have done in Russia and in Europe My World and European Championships ones go in my carry on those can t ever be replaced and I d not even want to ship them But yeh definitely not a cheap move but I knew sooner or later the day 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 Re Baby Steps to Alaska Posted Tue Jul 14 2015 8 25 am by Planetwalker Hiya peeps I ve started a blog HAHA http www bushvillageteacher wordpress com yep that s me Cheers Re Baby Steps to Alaska Posted Thu Aug 13 2015 6 50 am by Planetwalker 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

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