PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby marymatt718 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:36 am

Thank you John!
As the "Grand Nagus" (if you know where I got that title, I will be REALLY impressed with you :ugeek: ) of the ATP Forum, your compliment is high praise indeed. I'm not sure though, whether Steve and Dave are ready to thank me or throttle me for this stream. ;)
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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby tess88 » Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:16 pm

Donna, I wish I was ready to make the jump today instead of sometime in the future! Your enthusiasm is contagious!
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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby marymatt718 » Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:31 pm

That's okay tess88, we do have turnover every year, shocking :shock: ,I know, but it does happen. Usually people leave us for what they left behind...fiancees, boyfriends, vegan restaurants, movie theatres...not for what we have here or that life is difficult here. I look at life here as as a 10-month, easy Lent. If you really want to understand what's important to you, what you can and can't live without (how I miss IKEA!!!) move to the Bush. It's not for everyone, but if you can do without the tiny luxuries, and you end up in a great school like ours, it's really easy.

Our kids are like normal teenagers anywhere, :roll: and that is not the case in all bush villages. Our community is open and friendly, and again, that is not the case in all bush villages. This truly is one of the easiest communities to live in out in the bush, and I am not the only one saying that, some of our teachers have come from other bush locations and say that our village is more open, more welcoming, and more pleasant to work in than the other villages they have been in.

When you're ready, we'll be here.
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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby marymatt718 » Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:49 pm

To BermudaKristi.
I replied to your PM, so I hope yo got it and got the file I attached to it. I am in the Public Library today (volunteer here a few days a week) and the internet is a little wonky here when lots of people are on it. I hope you get it. If not, please let me know.
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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby BermudaKristi » Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:09 am

Thanks Mary! :) I got it- you're amazing. Enjoy the library!
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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby southryngal » Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:18 am

Okay! I WANT the Kindergarten job that is posted!! Who do I call? I have my app for licensure (wow talk about a long process) ready to roll as soon as my transcript from my final university comes in...I have already made reservations for the job fair in March, but I would love to skip all of that and start packing now! I am currently teaching her in TN, but I have wanted to teach in Alaska for YEARS....this would be a dream come true! I have taught K, 2nd and 3rd....who can I email my resume, references, etc to? :)
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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby marymatt718 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:58 pm

Success! We filled our last position, but, unfortunately for those of us who will see new friends go, there will be a few openings here in Togiak next year. Please keep watching for us on ATP. We get our contracts in late February and they have to be signed by late March, so there will be postings in late February and early March, possibly.
Don't be a "drama-llama!" Look at and consider Togiak! We're awesome! (Biased...me? Whatever gave you that idea?) :roll:
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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby lardas » Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:09 am

I am an American=certified sped teacher currently teaching in Kuwait but who wants to move to Alaska for the 16-17 school year and beyond. I have never heard of Togiak, but I love the way people are praising it and am wondering if there will be any jobs for next year? Like a lot of people on this forum, Alaska has been a dream for a long time and now I am ready for it. I think what I really want is a school that needs my energy and my intellect and where I do not have to go shopping each weekend just for entertainment. After 8 years in the desert, trees and lakes are wondrous things to me. As long as I have my internet connection, my cup of coffee in the morning and a safe place to live, I am good to go. I look forward to continued conversations on this forum.
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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby lardas » Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:11 am

marymatt718 wrote:Thank you John!
As the "Grand Nagus" (if you know where I got that title, I will be REALLY impressed with you :ugeek: ) of the ATP Forum, your compliment is high praise indeed. I'm not sure though, whether Steve and Dave are ready to thank me or throttle me for this stream. ;)



I know who the Grand Nagus is and can rattle off at least a few of the Rules of Acquisition.


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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby marymatt718 » Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:30 pm

Hello from Togiak!

I am sooo happy that someone else remembers ST: Deep Space Nine. I was beginning to feel old. Just don't tell me you watch it on a nostalgia channel...the old feeling will come back. I prefer feeling like geeky. :geek:

There will be some openings at Togiak this year, but not in SpEd. Our SpEd folks are very happy here. There is an opening for a K-12 SpEd person in New Stuyahok, however, and if I had to choose a location that is almost as awesome as Togiak, I'd choose New Stu. The principal is pretty awesome, and she is a dog lover, which always raises someone in my estimation. If someone loves dogs, how could they be a bad person, honestly? ;)

There are trees in New Stuyahok; we're mostly flat, open tundra in Togiak, with some shrubby alders here and there. The tundra has it's own special beauty, but you might need the trees and the river after being in the desert.

Your best course of action now, is to go into your ATP application, select the SpEd job in New Stu (otherwise you will never show up on anyone's radar) and submit THE TOTALLY COMPLETED APPLICATION (it must be complete or they won't even look at it). Follow-up a few days later with an email to Dave Piazza (dpiazza@swrsd.org), our superintendent, cc'ing the assistant superintendent, Steve Noonkesser (snoonkesser@swrsd.org), and the principal, Robin Jones (rjones@swrsd.org). This keeps you from being a "marble in a milkshake," lost at the bottom. (My former Vice Principal said he would contact the ones who contacted him first, because otherwise he would have 40 applications to go through, and no idea where to start. If someone contacted him, he felt they were more committed to the job hunt and were really interested in the position and Togiak.) It can't hurt to attach your resume to the email.

The next step, a few days after the email, is to call the district office and ask to speak to Mr. Piazza (907-842-5287), who is a very approachable man and will talk to you if he is in the office. If he is out, ask if Mr. Noonkesser is available. He is also very approachable. It may be a little early for scheduling an interview, but it is possible, and it can't hurt to get your foot in the door.

More openings will appear later: the bush isn't for everyone. Our contracts don't come out until late February and we have until late March to sign them. So far, I only know we will be losing an elementary teacher (got a "rock" for Christmas, so is returning to her "hunny-bunny"...I've seen his photos: I'd go back too...woof! :shock: ) and the shop/industrial arts teacher, who has been here a while and is ready to go to an on-the-road-system school with his family.

I can also recommend Sand Point, in the Aleutians, if any openings show up there. I have a friend there and he and his wife LOVE Sand Point.

Good luck. Advice is always free, so if I can help you with anything else, just ask.

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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby marymatt718 » Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:43 pm

HELLO ALL!
Please check out my post called IT'S TOGIAK TIME for the open positions in Togiak for the 2016/17 school year. "Get yours while their hot!"
We've filled the 5th grade position and the secondary science position, but don't despair. You too can come to Togiak...there' are still positions available!
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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby lardas » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:06 pm

Do what does a girl have to do to get to Togiak! Turns out I am certified in many things, and highly qualified at that! I can get you any paperwork you need ASAP and we can Skype at your convenience. I am interviewing next week for a job in Lebanon but you are my first choice. Lebanon is great but you are better!

Let me know what I can do to make this happen!

Live long and prosper!

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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby marymatt718 » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:09 pm

Hey Nikki!
I was mistaken when I replied to you in February, about there being no chance of a SpEd opening. The Secondary SpEd teacher was promoted to Dean of Students, so we do have a SpEd opening in Togiak. I don't know for how long though, so get busy.
step 1: Fill out the ATP application COMPLETELY. Don't forget anything.
step 2: Select one or more of the jobs in Togiak you feel you are qualified for...we have mostly elementary positions open right now.
step 3: Submit the application.
step 4: wait a couple of days and email the superintendent Dave Piazza (dpiazza@swrsd.org)
step 5: depending on whether or not you get an answer from Mr. Piazza (he travels a lot this time of the year), and what that answer is, do what he asks. If no answer, call the district office (907-842-5287) and ask if he, or anyone else, is available to talk to you about a position you are interested in in Togiak.
Then see where that goes.
"Go for it, chica!" as my Houston students used to say. That application is the first step. There are places to put all those papers, so scan them if you don't have them as electronic files and put them in the Supplemental Information section of the application.
Good luck!!!
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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby lardas » Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:22 am

Yeah!! Turns out I am certified in regular education as well, P-5 early childhood as well as some middle school areas like English and Social Science. I will get attending to this ASAP. Thanks. :D

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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby Fabbecky » Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:26 am

Hoping for an offer from Togiak still, as it is where I want to be (or Twin Hills) but I might have to sign the contract I just got from Akaik. At any rate, one of the reasons I continued to look and hope and start to make my Alaska dream a reality is because of all the goods things marrymatt had to say about Togiak and teaching in the Bush!
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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby lardas » Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:30 pm

Me, too. I am been recruited by other districts, but Togiak is my first choice as well. I wish us both luck in our searches!

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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby marymatt718 » Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:15 am

Hey guys!

Have you called and pestered them yet? If not, please do. I don't know why, but we always seem to be the last ones they fill the positions for :( .
Please call the district office and ask where you stand in the process. They might have chosen someone but, that person may not have accepted, and you may be next in line...but if they don't know you're still interested, they will keep looking.

Unfortunately, I am just a teacher here and I don't know what's going on in the hiring arena, but I can tell you that persistence pays off. Call and ask. They don't bite...and if they did, they couldn't get to you through the phone line :D

Call! We still have, as of this writing, FIVE open positions in Togiak...the best bush village in all of Alaska!
(I have never backed away from my shamelessness and it seems a shame to do so now! :lol: )

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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby Fabbecky » Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:57 am

Thank you for all your helpful advice Donna! I am making the move to Akiak :) unfortunately Togiak told me they will not be making a final decision until next week and my other 2 offers expire before then. I am excited to be making this move for me and my family though!
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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby lardas » Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:30 pm

I have interviewed for a position in Lebanon, but if the Togiak job or the Twin Hills job comes through I will make the move to Alaska. I, too, am struggling with the lateness of this decision-making. I will bug Alaska, but my director kindly gave me a reference during his vacation, so I owe it to him to at least give Lebanon a shot for next week. I understand the patience of Togiak wanting to get the very best people. I totally support that, but sometimes you can wait too long. I know one of the teachers dropped out of the running already. I am hoping for good news for the coming week. Thanks for your support in all of this. One day I hope we can share a Romulan Ale together and sing songs of great battles! K'Pla!

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Re: PLEASE LOOK AT TOGIAK

Postby marymatt718 » Sat Apr 23, 2016 6:53 am

No Romulan Ale in Togiak; it's a dry village...but I do think I remember Worf was quite impressed with prune juice and felt it was quite the warrior's drink! So we shall sing songs of great battles (with slow-acting administrators...Pah! :x ) and raise a flagon of prune juice! K'Pla!
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