(Closed) Moving to SD..help

posted 9 years ago in San Diego
Post # 3
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291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Hi Kurly! I’m much like you, moved to SD for my fiance who was already here working. I can’t say much about the state of hiring in the SD school districts though I would try both public and charter schools I guess? I have a few friends who are teachers who seem to be going the charter school route at this point. And I’d certainly offer my help in finding a place to live, I love looking at potential places, haha. Do you have any idea where you’ll be moving within SD? For example within the actual city, near downtown or just in SD county in general? I used to live in downtown but have since moved to North County Inland SD. Anyway, feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions about moving =)!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

kurlynut: Yay for SD!  It’s not that bad, really!

I would check with the schools in the Torrey Pines/Rancho Santa Fe area.  They are all private schools, and don’t require the budget cuts that the public schools do.  (E.g. La Jolla Country Day School)  Also check for Catholic schools in whatever area you will be living.  I’d also try to interview/get a job PRIOR to moving so you can move close to your school.  It helps A LOT to live close by.  Other honorable mentions: Eastlake (voted SDs best community for 10 years in a row, with a growing population and 3 new private schools to boot), La Jolla, and inland SD (which is always cheaper since it’s farther from the sea) in places like Del Mar Heights.  You could also consider living near your hubby’s homebase (either Camp Pendleton which is extreme North SD/Oceanside area) or NAVBASE SD (if he’s in the Navy).  You’ll be using the commissary and exchange a lot, so I recommend living nearby.  Hope this was helpful!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hi there! I’m from San Diego (born and raised) and I do have to put in a plug for the Poway School District. I attended it, and I have several friends who are now teachers there- Poway is a lovely community and has great schools! It’s worth checking into.

As far as living places, what exactly are you looking for? House, apartment, condo? Urban, suburban?

Post # 6
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349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

You will love San Diego, but I know its so hard to move away from family and what feel like home.  What type of area are you looking for?  I’m originally from coasta North County San Diego.  When are you moving?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Hi there!

While I don’t live in SD – I’m in the LA area – and I am not a teacher, I have some thoughts – mostly because my mom works for a school district in LA and my cousin and best friend are/were teachers.

Go to every district and sign up to be a sub.  My cousin did that for the year before her wedding and she loved it because she was able to work when and where she wanted.  You can go and put in your paperwork to every district and you will get calls because if it is anything like the LA area, they need subs.  It is a great way to get your foot in the door.  My cousin was offered a full time job at one of the schools she was a long term sub at but she and her husband were planning on having a baby and she knew that she wouldn’t be working for long.

My best friend applied to every school district within 50 miles of where she was living and landed a great job – yes, I know this was a few years ago, but the more your name is out there, the better the chances.

I say get your name out there over the summer – put in your application to be a sub eveywhere you can – if you get a full time gig you can always take your name off the list.  And if SD is anything like LA, the pay is pretty good for a day’s work.

Good luck! I know the perfect job is out there for you!!

Post # 9
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349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

Encinitas is a great area and there are a lot of different options.  I’m not as familar with Escondido but that is also nice.  Where is your wedding?

Also we are having an SD get together on Friday, April 17th at 8:00pm down in Hillcrest/Balboa area.  (Miss Joey is in town and staying down there) So I’m not sure if you can make it, but it might be a good place to get some general SD information and meet some locals. 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Any particular reason why you’ve chose Escondido as a contender? I spent some of my childhood there and while it’s alright, I really think there better places to live. I guess it just depends on what you’re looking for.

Post # 12
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330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

Hi Kurly! I live in SD with my sailor hubby! He’s stationed at NASNI on Coronado. Like you and your Fiance, he refused to live anywhere remotely close to base. So he ended up just moving in with me. So we now live in the Mira Mesa area, which is great. It’s not the nicest area in SD but we love it here. He has a 25 minute commute to his ship in the mornings, but he leaves so early that there’s never any traffic. But since you’re so worried about traffic, I’m assuming your Fiance will have "normal" working hours?

Good idea about not wanting to live in Point Loma. I went to college there. The area is just way too crowded, and expensive! A lot of people want to live there! Some south SD areas to live that are nice are hillcrest, north park, mission valley, or fashion valley. Not sure how rent prices are there, though I know hillcrest, mission, and fashion can get pretty high. 

 As for teaching jobs, my friend looked into a job at Escondido Charter School, so that’s one school that I know is for sure hiring right now.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I know that you said that you don’t want to live in the Point Loma area (because of it’s nearness to the base) but I just wanted to let you know that it’s a very nice area, and it’s pretty affordable (contrary to popular belief).

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