4 yr teacher/coach w/wife and 1yr old..advice for future

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4 yr teacher/coach w/wife and 1yr old..advice for future

Postby Joryshene » Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:09 pm

Hey all,
First time visiting this site so I appreciate all your time and advice. So here is my situation:
Wife and I live in Oregon where we just purchased our first home. She brought it up to me if I potentially wanted to go to Alaska for a bit of time to allow her time to finish her RN program (which can be done online). This fall will be my 4th year as a full time teacher as well as 8th year as a varsity soccer coach. We have a 1year old boy.

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.

Thanks again in advance.

J
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Re: 4 yr teacher/coach w/wife and 1yr old..advice for future

Postby 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 housing and prices vary as well as responsibilities. My previous district I was paying $650 a month for a 2 bed/1.5 bath roughly 1100 sq ft home. We were responsible for electric and internet and cable. We only paid for electric and internet. Oil was included. Where I am at now, I pay $1300 month and I am responsible for all utilities except water. So I could potentially be paying close to $2k a month just for housing. Check out each district you are interested in's Negotiated Agreement. Should give info on housing.

4. Our daughter was our ticket to acceptance in the village. The fact that we brought a little one with us (and eventually had our second child) was instant acceptance within reason. We weren't to good to bring our family into the village (which apparently many teachers don't do, where we came from).

5. Do your research. Your wife's online schooling might be a challenge. Internet out here isn't what you are going to be used to.
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