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Hi Fellow Fellows! After three years of teaching, I'm leaving my beautiful Astoria apartment. I've lived here since I started my journey with the fellows, and it's been perfect for my lifestyle. It's a quiet apartment in a great neighborhood close to bus, train, and plane travel. My bedroom is on the far side of the apartment and has its own bathroom. In addition to the main bedroom, there is a sun room in the very front of the room with a table and chairs--it's wonderful to use as a work area so that you don't have to grade right next to bed : ). The room comes fully furnished with a queen-sized bed, two bookshelves, and a table with three chairs.

--1 bedroom with your own bathroom in a spacious three bedroom apartment
--2nd floor apartment in a duplex
--2 lovely female roommates--one teacher, one social work grad student, both in their late 20s
--4 blocks from the Astoria-Ditmars stop on the N/Q (20 minutes to Manhattan)
--2 blocks from the M60 to Manhattan (easy connection to the 4/5/6 at 125th street)
--20 minute bus ride or 15 minute taxi ride to LaGuardia
--1 block from a 24-hour grocery store
--1 block from a laundromat (self-service and very cheap drop-off rates)
--1 block from Martha's bakery
--15 minute walk (or 5 minute bus ride) to Astoria Park
--great neighborhood for long runs and/or bike rides
--10 minute walk to Astoria Bier Garden

$1150 a month (includes utilities and internet)
Flexible move-in dates (with pro-rated rates possible--e.g., if you need to move in July 15, you can just pay for half the month).

Please send me a message if you'd like pictures, more information, or would like to come see the place.



Job Search Question

So as I'm sure all 2015 accepted applicants are aware, we have the green light to start seeking out positions. My question is, how are we supposed to find out what teaching positions are open in any given school. We received the public school data sheets for elementary and high schools but how are we supposed to seek out specific positions for any given subject. The data sheets only provide basic statistics. Are we supposed to blindly approach principles who may or may not have a position open, or is there a source of information that details exactly what positions are available? I saw information on the Hiring Guide that refers to a New Teacher Finder that helps principles seek out available teachers through their resumes, but I didn't see any information about a source of information such as described above. Thanks in advance for any help.


Still waiting

My selection day was April 15th and i still haven't heard anything. Is this normal?

District 75/SS/ESL Extension

Anyone who has received the special ed SS/ESL extension and/or D75 survey been accepted? My selection day was 3/21 and I am still waiting...

Chemistry Immersion

Hi all!

Congrats to everyone accepted! I was just accepted in the Chemistry Immersion program and I was wondering if anyone had any information on the two week Immersion program (they are kind of vague about what exactly it is). With regards to certfication, has anyone taken the Chemistry CST and can speak to its difficulty?

Also, for past fellows--do you know the likelihood of finding a chemistry job? Do you know many fellows that weren't able to find a position? Thank you in advance for any information!


Are NYCTF colleges CUNY Colleges?

I just would like to know if the colleges NYCTF sends us to are CUNY colleges? As I graduated from a CUNY school, I think the transition would be smoother for me if the colleges were CUNY. Just wondering.


Hello everyone!
Congratulations to everyone accepted. I interviewed 3/21 for special education (I did not have a phone interview) I received an email on 4/3 about special education-SS and ESL extension survey and then on 4/16 an email about special education d75 program survey. Just wondering because I have seen posts other people have gotten these emails too. Did anyone receive any new updates about both the surveys? (d75 and ss/esl extension) Thanks :)

Passing ALST and CST

Hello all,
I was accepted to the teaching fellows and have taken the ALST exam twice and failed both times.
I consider my self an excellent writer and it baffles me that I can not pass this exam.
The first time I went in blind not knowing what to expect, the second time i studied took prep courses, bought a book, wrote an excellent persuasive essay an scored lower. Im starting to get the feeling this might be some for profit propaganda and wanted to know how other fellows are doing with their certification exams. The easy part was getting accepted if we don't pass the exams, we won't enter a classroom in the fall. I just received my score April 22, did any one else receive it this day, pass or fail?? What are your thoughts on this?

Exam Preps

Does anyone have any tips on how to study for the EAS and ALST? I have no background in education and finding it very difficult to prepare for the exams. (I have the framework from the NYSTCE website.)


Hello All!

Congrats to those accepted! I was accepted into bilingual elementary. I am a little worried about the deadline imposed on us to register and take these exams. I don't think I can meet the May 24th deadline of having all exams taken. Will that be allowed? I do want to have one chance to take it over just in case but I want to be able to study as well for my first try. Does anyone know if it's ok to miss the May 24th deadline? Any thoughts of those who have taken it, which is hardest/ easiest ones? Thanks!


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