letter of intent advice

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letter of intent advice

Postby Cafemocha » Fri May 06, 2016 12:00 pm

I have been pressured to sign a letter of intent in an area that I do not want. Do I sign it anyway just to get to Alaska, or do I reject it and hope I get what I really want. I was interviewed in the tundra, but prefer to live in the forest area. I am afraid if I turn it down that might be my only chance to get to Alaska. What do I do??? They will be at the Austin Fair, but want me to sign today, why the rush??
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Re: letter of intent advice

Postby Bushteachers » Fri May 06, 2016 1:24 pm

Cafemocha wrote:I have been pressured to sign a letter of intent in an area that I do not want. Do I sign it anyway just to get to Alaska, or do I reject it and hope I get what I really want. I was interviewed in the tundra, but prefer to live in the forest area. I am afraid if I turn it down that might be my only chance to get to Alaska. What do I do??? They will be at the Austin Fair, but want me to sign today, why the rush??


Do what you need to do. If you don't want to go to a location, then don't. I know we personally didn't apply or accept any interviews unless we were willing to move to that location.

Don't settle in the bush.
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Re: letter of intent advice

Postby jamieburgess » Fri May 06, 2016 8:37 pm

Don't settle for something you don't want. You won't be happy, and your students will figure out that you're unhappy. If you sign a letter of intent, you'll receive a contract - once you sign the contract, you are ethically bound to follow through (unless a genuine emergency arises).

However, there a lot of positive things about teaching on the tundra. It is highly likely that if you don't get a position in the district you want this year, there'll be more chances next year. Some districts have very low turnover because the teachers are pretty happy, but there's always people retiring, moving, etc.

Are you familiar with Alaska? What is it about the "tundra" you don't like? I spent the last year in a bush village on the tundra - I was surprised how much I actually enjoyed it. I am moving (Nome here I come) but it's more about district politics than the district and village that precipitated the move.
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Re: letter of intent advice

Postby Cafemocha » Sat May 07, 2016 3:27 pm

We just want to be in the forest area of Alaska, trees and land. It has nothing to do with the school system itself. We just want o be in the green areas.
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