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N2IFR: What do you know about Texas?

Specifically the Austin suburbs.  My brother just moved to Austin for law school and we are considering the idea of moving there in a couple of years too.  I am a teacher, but I am not teaching right now because there are basically no teaching jobs in my state and really haven't been for years now.  I am working for a supplemental education company and my job is very demanding and the hours can get kind of crazy.  DH just got his teaching certificate and had his first year of teaching this past year (he was able to get a job because his subject is one of the few in need).  Now that his hours are more normal (and now that he has the summers off) I would love to go back to teaching so that we can have the same schedule.  It does not look like that will happen where we are living now.  I noticed that Texas seems to have tons of teacher job openings and since my brother will be there (and will possibly be staying there after law school as well) I have started researching the area.  I just thought I would ask if anyone knows the area and knows good suburbs around Austin that would be good for a family.  I know it might be kind of a long shot, but I figured that since we are from all over someone might know something.  I hope you guys don't mind me posting this since it has nothing to do with 2IF at all!
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Re: N2IFR: What do you know about Texas?

  • JMayJMay member
    I LOVE Texas!  I have lots of family there, and I always have a great time when I visit.  DH and I have thought about living there off and on since before we were married - specifically San Antonio and 'burbs of Dallas.  I've been to Austin only once for 2 days, and found it also nice but don't have much infor for you specifically on the area, other than to say I've heard good things about.  (That it's a college town, yet good for families, with lots to do and lots of culture, theatre, music, etc)  What I have heard about Texas in general is that their education system is frought with issues, and may be quite different than what you are used to in other states.   I'm still fairly pro-Texas, but as a teacher, I'd do a lot of research on the public education system there before going - and see if you can find out why there are so many job openings.  GL!!! 
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  • Thank you for the info!  Especially about that school system.  I will have to look into that more before we make any decisions.  I did teach in Florida for a little bit and those teaching conditions were not as favorable as they are where we are now.  However, the Texas districts I was looking at seem to pay very well, which I was surprised about.  I would have to look into the working conditions though.  Thanks again!
    Me: 33 No known issues
    DH: 32 Varicocele
    DD: Born April 1, 2008
    Trying to conceive #2 since March 2010
    DH varicocele surgery 3/28/2011
    June 2011 SA 28 total sperm, yikes!
    August 2011 SA 5mil/ml, 30% progressive motility, 8% morph
    Moving on to adoption 8/2011
    Surprise BFP 1/4/12!!! EDD 9/11/12
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  • SB524SB524
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    I am from the Dallas area (Plano specifically). I grew up there all my life and actually taught my first year of teaching in the Plano school district. I am not familiar with the Austin suburbs but I know that Texas is REALLY having a tough time with paying their teachers right now so you may want to look into that before you decide to move. From what I've heard, it's not a good time to be a teacher in Texas right now Tongue Tied

    All things aside, I do have family in the Austin suburb of Cedar Park and hear it's a nice area!!  Feel free to PM me if I can help at all!!

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  • PheWmsPheWms member

    I'm from Texas!  Born, raised, and currently reside! 

    I'm not from the Austin area (more like the Houston area), but Austin is very family friendly.  DH is from Pennsylvania and LOVES Austin and San Antonio areas.  Houses are so affordable too.  You can easily find a new construction 4/3/2, 2,000+ sq ft for under $200K. Of course the better the school district, the more your property taxes/equity.

    I'm not in the educational field but I have a lot of friends who are (sadly, it's kind of the default occupation because there are so many openings) and they love it.  Once you become a teacher, you won't want to swich occupations, or so I hear.  In my area, the pay starts in the upper 40s for someone with very little experience.

    PM me if you want any more info.  :)  I hope you are able to move to our great state!

  • I am very sorry to say that it is extremely difficult to get a teaching job in TX right now.  If you move to TX, and it really is a great state, plan on living off your DH's income alone.  Most districts are on hiring freezes.  They are laying off teachers and PAYING them to retire early.  They are shuffling teachers as opposed to hiring teachers, and TX has some fantastic teacher colleges with graduates itching for jobs. Many districts will choose a graduate from their district to hire over an unknown person.  It is HARD.  I just want you to have a realistic picture.
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