I was just wondering how many teachers live in the same community where they work. I do. I feel it has helped me get to know and understand the community better. Thoughts?

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I have taught in my hometown and I have lived in the town/cities where I teach, and not lived in the community. Before social media, I liked it better to be in the community. People didn’t seem to get all up in each other’s business as much. Now, one “wrong” post sharing a margarita with one’s spouse and it an get a teacher in trouble. That being said, I do enjoy seeing my students at the local grocery or at church. It’s nice to belong to a community and vice versa. I also appreciate why people prefer the anonymity of living away from their schools. There is no right or wrong response here. Both have benefits and disadvantages.

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I do. I graduated from the district I teach in and my kids attend the same district as well. There are HUGE perks and some definite downfalls at times too.

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I do, I grew up and did the things my students do now. It makes it easier at least for me to understand a lot of things. For them it means someone like them is in front of the teaching. Someone who comes from a low economic background like them. Someone who comes from Latino background like them. I know what it’s like to be the only one in the house speaking English. I know that they probably play their parents because most are don’t know the how the school system works here. It makes the students feel more comfortable and in time respect me. They see that I’ve been through the things they have. I knew that I wanted to be a teacher so that I could serve my community. It most definitely helps.

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I’m a transplant from Illinois, so I bring a different perspective. However, my son graduated from my school and my daughter attends it now. I live in my community, and I love it. Going to a football game is easy, getting kids registered to vote and care about what’s going on in our town is too. Not a shopping trip or eating trip doesn’t end with student hugs. Husband says it’s like being a rock star. They now know him even when he’s without me.

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Exactly!

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I live in a neighboring district. I like that I understand where my kids are coming from because I live near them but I love that I can also do things in my hometown with my family and I get to be mom and I don't see my students everywhere.

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I have done both. When I taught in Houston, I didn’t live near where I worked so whenever my students spotted me at their mall, they either would become really excited to see me or would run away. Now I live in a city next to the neighborhood where I work. I like it. The only bad part is when parents come up to me either at the grocery store or after mass at church and ask me, “So how’s my kid doing in your class? Do you know what their exact grade is off the top of your head?” And some of them would become sad when I said, “No, no, I do not,” as if I had a PowerSchool microchip embedded in my brain.

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I love living in the community that l grew up in plus, l teach in the same room l was a 3rd grade student.

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I do! I didn’t grow up in this district, but I did one county up and did my student teaching in the district. We actually just moved in the area 3 years ago. It makes such a difference(to me) to be more in tune with surrounding area and making connections in the community. BUT, I will still go to the Walmart that’s not in town so I can actually shop and not see everyone and anyone that knows me. 😂

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I grew up in Madison, WI and taught/ lived in the same district. At first, it was culture shock. The small, rural community was not diverse nor open to change. As a teacher, I was able to find my niche. Once my kids graduated, they moved away, and I soon followed. Overall, I see pros and cons each way. I would argue that living outside the community detaches us from the workplace and promotes more professional relationships with students/families.

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I apologize for my error. l meant to say that I moved from Madison to a small/ rural district. I enjoyed the smaller cost of living in the small community and the connections I made. However, the culture of the town was not consistent with mine. Which, by the way, came from growing up in a diverse, progressive city like Madison. Yes, I know Madison is home to UW.

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I live in the same community as where I teach. It has its pros and it’s cons. Right now it’s more pro than con.

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I live about 30 minutes from my district. I don’t want to run into parents and students at restaurants or during family time. I love my students, but try to keep it separate.

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I live in the community where I teach and always have... I see my students at Walmart and at community events... I am a Health teacher and I rarely drink or smoke, so I’m pretty confident they won’t witness me doing something I shouldn’t...well, except cursing (LOL)... I DO have a swearing switch that turns off when I enter school grounds and it comes on when I leave school 🤪

I can’t afford to live where I teach. I commute about 40 min to 1 hour each way, depending on traffic. It’s not ideal, but I get a big town wage for a small town mortgage.

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