{ "media_type": "text", "post_content": "I finished my student teaching in the beginning of May. I’ve been applying to positions ever since. I got a job offer in my first choice grade level but it’s a 45 minute drive. I’m feeling overwhelmed that if I don’t take this job I might not get another offer. My husband says this school is too far and to look for a job closer. There aren’t many jobs around the Central Valley. Does anyone else commute to work? Will 45 minutes get exhausting?", "post_id": "60d0f654274e8d0021988d83", "reply_count": 99, "vote_count": 12, "bowl_id": "5c751b9f2f6b98001bc666f8", "bowl_name": "Teachers" }

I finished my student teaching in the beginning of May. I’ve been applying to positions ever since. I got a job offer in my first choice grade level but it’s a 45 minute drive. I’m feeling overwhelmed that if I don’t take this job I might not get another offer. My husband says this school is too far and to look for a job closer. There aren’t many jobs around the Central Valley. Does anyone else commute to work? Will 45 minutes get exhausting?

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As a teacher in the Central Valley I would as a few questions: 1) In what subject area are you in? If you are multiple subject, SPED, Math or science there will jobs available especially since many of the districts in our area far behind and they’re hiring processes due to Covid. But also due to Covid funding many of these jobs will be only temporary for this year so ask the right questions when interviewing.  2) Are you looking for this job to be the only job you ever take? For many of us we take jobs that we can get to start, build reputation and then eventually move closer to home. Most teachers move sites and grade levels a couple times in their careers. I’ve spent the last 11 years commuting 55 min to work and I loved my school and students but it’s exhausting. Unfortunately I teach a subject area that is difficult to find jobs and I finally found something next to my house. The years of teachers staying in the same grade level at the same school for 30+ years are over. There will always be opportunities closer to home eventually. 3) Financially, is a teacher salary necessary or can you survive on subbing during the year? If you pass on this job and don’t find another often times subbing in a district close to your home can get your foot in the door and make connections to get you hired. This is how I ended up getting my first teaching job.  Don’t stress, what is meant to be, will be. You will get through it and find your home (district/school) eventually. Commuting is difficult (has pros and cons) but it’s only for the school year and you can reweigh your options at the end of the year. Good luck and hope this helped a little bit.

I agree with every person who posted on this forum. Based on our knowledge, expertise, and view of the world we offer an opinion. So, here is mine. I have been married for 21 years to a great guy. I still choose him. We enjoy being together. I would marry him all over again. He knows u best or better then us on fishbowl. Is it time to communicate to see his concerns about your drive( before you make a decision) ? Is it time to share your concerns about not getting another offer? I know math and these 2 things. Nothing turns out well when I am motivated by fear and when my decisions disregard the opinions of my sweetheart or my views where he is concerned. I will give an example. Recently, I had a big surgery looming before me. The doctor and my husband agreed on the wide scope of the surgery. I did not. I valued both of their thoughts we took a few days to ponder. Yes, there are times you have to make a decision in opposition of your spouse but let it be down in respect. It’s little things that damage a relationship. I know this does not help you make your decision but I hope it will. In Ga, teaching opening are posted to the site where certifications are issued from. Does your school you graduated from no of any openings? What about where you student taught at? Congratulations! I wish you success.

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I don’t know about California, but here in my district in Illinois, many teachers drive at least 45 minutes to work. My husband drives similarly for his job. You need to decide for yourself what is reasonable. A couple of teachers who do the commute listen to audio books and or podcasts while they are driving.

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If you have children I would say don’t take it.

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I commute 45-50 minutes a day. No direct highway and often traffic on way home. It is just part of the day now. I’ve come to accept it. Listen to peaceful music or audio books eases the driving drama. I love my school and position. If it doesn’t work out in a year there are surely other possible positions out there.

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I commuted an hour for a while. Audio books or podcasts were great to listen to on the drive. I used the morning drove to mentally prepare for the day and the drive home to decompress. It got old after a while, but you may find yourself loving that job and moving closer or not liking the job and looking for something different within a few years. I'd take it. It is a yearly contract, not a life commitment to that district.

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Take it and look for something closer. If something pops up that you like, take it and then as soon as you are committed let the far one know you won’t be there. That’s what I would do

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A contract is not irrevocable. If you want to leave you may be obligated to continue to work until they find a replacement for you versus when the new employer wants you to start. Unless you’re in a teaching position that’s scarce, you should be fine. Talk to a union advisor about your contractual obligations.

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Hmmm. Depends. If it is a quiet, 45 minute drive on uncontested roads in good weather? Might not be terrible. Your husband might even end up being greatful that you have had time to decompress. But if you have ice or other bad weather... If it is stop and go... If you don't want that kind of wear and tear on the car...

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I have found it to be exhausting, over the course of years. A year or two would probably be fine.

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i say take the job. get your foot in the door. question... how old are you? sound like a person that is ready for retirement. lol

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I agree. Get your foot in the door. There are no perfect situations.

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In 2015 I took a job 57 miles from my house…I’m still there best job ever. I love it

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I'm at the Jersey Shore. I've done a 50 minute commute (40 miles) for 25 years. Good district. Good pay. LOVE the kids. It's been totally worth it!

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I drive 35 minutes every day and have for 30 years. There are pros and cons. In the end I would look closer to home. When you have children it will Matter

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Actually, in California district employees can have their children attend schools in the same district in which they teach. This is the Allen Bill. This was the best decision we ever made as I was available to my children from kindergarten through their recent graduations. They even attended the school where I work. We commuted about 25 minutes one way. I was able to have my children in after school care on their campus and then swing by for pickup. This came in handy for after school meetings, etc. My classroom became "home base" and I had toys and activities for my children. It was great! As a parent you are more "in synch" with your own district for your own children. I never pulled any strings for favors but my children definitely benefited far more than if they had attended in our less progressive home district.

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I commute 45 mins. one way to school.

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I used to commute that far and I used it as time to decompress after a long day. I didn’t mind it until I had a baby and then I looked for something closer to home.

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I work with several teachers that work 1 to 1 1/2 hour away and I asked them why? (My commute on a bad day is 7 min). It's because they love their position and school. Of course they currently don't have children.

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That 45 minute drive will be good for you. It will help you get your day organized in your mind in the morning, and will provide a great wind down time on the way home every day. 45 minutes is not a great distance to travel to work these days. Believe me when I tell you that you will need that alone time in today's teaching environment.

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I drive about 35 minutes to work (early and no traffic) and at least 45 minutes home. I've been doing this drive or longer for the last 18 years and it's been fine. I listen to audio books mostly, some podcasts, I use it as down time before home craziness. It does get tiring now, but I am now 3 yrs from retirement and feeling old. I guess it also goes by how much you like your job. Two things that have been difficult: 1. back-to-school nights and staying at the school for a couple hours because driving home would have been useless and wasteful, and 2. wanting to stay to do a club, but not wanting to stick around with a 45 minute drive home waiting for me.

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Also, I commuted with my children and had them attend the same school district which was better than the one near our home. No regrets at all. My commute was 20 or more minutes, depending on traffic. I say take the job. All of the advice given here about how to use that travel time is valuable. Look at when traffic is least busy and consider traveling earlier in the morning, getting more work finished, and then leaving right after school if traffic is easier then.

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It’s your first choice - take it! 🤓

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I work a little under 45 minutes commute away. I listen to audio books on the way. Helps me wake up in the morning and unwind in the afternoon. It would be nice to be closer, but I work in a good school.

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45 isn’t bad…..but if you’re located where winters are bad it could turn into a commute of over an hour easily

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I loved my commute of 35 minutes. Excellent time to be alone! Hard on me the nights I had to stay late for parent teacher conferences or Gate duties for ball games…. Or if I forgot something at home and realized it half way to work, but other than that, it’s a great way to leave work at work (as much as possible as a teacher lol) and as many said, warm up for/cool down from the day.

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