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Imdramayu



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:11 pm    Post subject: Bringing family to NWT when teaching Reply with quote

Has any public school teachers brought their family (wife & kids) to NWT when getting a job there? What kind of school did their kids end up in (or was home-schooling the best option)? How was is it for the wife?

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santi84



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not in NWT but I have a few friends there, all originally from BC and got contracts after they received their BEds. Are you talking about Yellowknife - or one of the more remote communities (non-Yellowknife)?

To be honest, life is quite difficult for families outside Yellowknife. If you are going to one of the smaller communities (particularly the air-accessible ones), you will always stand out as the teacher's wife - the cop's wife - the community token government worker's wife (and child). I don't recommend it long-term for family sanity, and everyone I know has done a 1-3 year stint and been back.

I would not raise my children outside Yellowknife - we actually were offered a placement as my husband is also an RCMP officer so the careers work well together. I'm in rural Quebec and it's a bit easier to deal with, but similar issues apply.

I would go, but with a plan B in mind for when ready to return.

For teaching, it can be quite hard. A girlfriend of mine had a class of 20 (all the students in the village) and over half of them had FAS. K-12 with 50% FAS. It's a challenge. Rewarding, but a challenge.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can only salute you who are willing to do stints in such places. I've been to Yellowknife. Briefly.
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santi84



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
I can only salute you who are willing to do stints in such places. I've been to Yellowknife. Briefly.


My girlfriend with the 50% FAS school was 500km west of Yellowknife and only accessible by plane. I have no idea how she survived. Wages are a premium for sure, but not sure it was worth it. She was single, can't imagine having my family there - but you aren't chained to it and worst case scenario, finish the year and move on.
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mitsui



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the Northern Lights is the big highlight.
If you want to teach in Canada, not sure what else is available, besides elementary school.
Maybe in Alberta.

I heard of an Australian who got a job up there since he was an architect.
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Imdramayu



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:03 am    Post subject: Child's study Reply with quote

If a family lives in a northern Canada community (in NWT but not Yellowknife), where would my child go and study? In the school where I am teaching? I want to teach in the elementary school in Canada.

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smurfetta



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about Northern Alberta? you could try to find a teaching job in places like Fort McMurray or Grande Prairie. Your child could go to school there.
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