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2017 Cohort

Hi Everyone,
Someone started a thread last year for new or potentially new fellows in my cohort, and I figured I would pay it forward. If you have any questions, give me a shout, and maybe I can help you out. I am by no means an expert, but I have just recently went through the process, so I was in many of your shoes at this time last year.
A little about myself:
I came to teaching late in life. I was a retail manager for many years, and went back to school to get my master's in English in 2010. Someone told me about the fellows program back in 2015, but I was too late for the deadline. I actually applied late last year-I think it was about the end of January, because I wasn't sure if that was the path that I wanted to pursue. I had a great deal of questions, and not a great deal of answers, until I came upon livejournal. My selection day was April 7th, and I was accepted on April 23rd. I went through PST in BTA which is a high school in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and I go to Brooklyn College. I teach at a middle school in Queens-7th and 8th grade English, and I am just starting to find my groove. So, any recently accepted or waiting to be accepted fellows have any questions, feel free to ask. If and when you get accepted, your fellows become like a family to you, but unfortunately you will not be able to really connect with them until you are in the thick of things! Having said that, this period of the fellow's process was the most isolating time for me. If I can make it less so for some of you, feel free to take advantage.

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 7th, 2017 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you for creating this, very thoughtful as I'm sure everyone has many questions! :) I was accepted into the program a few days ago for Special education 7-12 and I am ecstatic. I do have one hesistation/question that maybe you can help me with. I was really hoping to be assigned to grades 1-6, I have done a lot of work with elementary aged students and know that I want to teach those grades in the future. Is it looked down upon or even possible to do an appeal to change your grade level?
(Anonymous)
Jan. 8th, 2017 03:27 am (UTC)
Grade Level
Hi,
Congrats on getting in! As far as the grade level/subject they are pretty much set in stone. You can appeal, the worst that can happen is they say no. Since it is early on in the process, they may do the switch for you. One thing though, you can teach one grade level below your certification, so you can take a job teaching 6th grade, and you can always get a dual certification after you finish this one to teach elementary if the fellows don't grant your appeal. You can use the contact form to ask to switch the certification.
Good Luck!
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grades 1-6 - (Anonymous) - Jan. 10th, 2017 05:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
Denise Chavarria
Jan. 9th, 2017 01:55 am (UTC)
How ongoing before you heard back?
Hi, i recently went to the selection day event. Felt like i really nailed it. How long did it take for you to hear back? I received the test and completed it. I am anxious to hear back.
elateach2016
Jan. 9th, 2017 02:43 am (UTC)
Re: How ongoing before you heard back?
Hi,
My selection day was April 7th, and I heard back on April 23rd. They go out on a rolling basis, and they usually send the emails out once every two to three weeks, usually on a Thursday or Friday. I would refresh my email about a hundred times a day for weeks!

Good luck, I hope that you get in!
Re: How ongoing before you heard back? - amybirdie - Jan. 9th, 2017 03:51 am (UTC) - Expand
(Anonymous)
Jan. 9th, 2017 03:02 am (UTC)
Hello! I know this is a new requirement but this year fellows will have to take the GRE before starting the program in June. Do you know if we need to get a certain grade or do we just need to simply take it? Thank you!
elateach2016
Jan. 9th, 2017 04:57 am (UTC)
Hi,
Yes the GRE is new this year, but I believe that it works the same for any graduate program you apply to-you would need to be above the minimum score to get in. So, you probably will not know the score for the school you are assigned to until May.
amybirdie
Jan. 9th, 2017 03:48 am (UTC)
Tests
Hello! I was accepted a few days ago to teach Chemistry but I have some questions. Do you know if it matters how many times the tests are taken? Like is that taken into account when being evaluated during PST? It says to complete the exams by June so that they can be retaken if necessary. Have you heard of any stories of people who took one or more tests more than once and was there any consequence ? For example I know for the GRE you can take it as many times and choose the scores to send, but does that effect your performance score during PST ?
Thanks!
elateach2016
Jan. 9th, 2017 04:48 am (UTC)
Re: Tests
Congrats!
Your certification exams have no bearing on PST. In fact, there are people in my cohort that still have not passed all their exams and are teaching in schools. You can still be hired in September if you haven't passed them all, but you won't have your Trans B, you will be hired as a long term sub. Everything will be the same, except the time will not count toward tenure. You can take them as many times as you need to pass, but they are not cheap, and it is an out of pocket expense for you. There are also safety nets for a few of them.
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 9th, 2017 04:01 pm (UTC)
Hi. I have 2 questions.

1. I got accepted in January 5th and was asked to provide a response on January 6th. I thought it was strange to provide an acceptance response a day after being accepted. Was an immediate response common for anyone in your cohort?

2. How intense was PST and what was you evaluated by.
elateach2016
Jan. 9th, 2017 06:58 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
Unfortunately, they do not give you a great deal of time to make your decision-especially one so important. I think I had about 24 to 48 hours, but it was not common to have more than that in my cohort.
PST...yes, it is intense. I will post the schedule later, but before you agree, you have to be aware that for 7 weeks, you will have little to no free time. As far as the evaluation process, I can get into further detail about that later, but it comes down to your evaluations by your mentor teacher in the classroom, your attendance during PST, and your flexibility to implement the mentor's feedback during those evaluations.
PST - elateach2016 - Jan. 10th, 2017 01:40 am (UTC) - Expand
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Cassandra J
Jan. 9th, 2017 10:12 pm (UTC)
Tests
Hi Everyone!

I had my selection day on December 3rd and received my acceptance on January 5th, although I was given the deadline of January 23rd to accept I just completed mine. I'm dreading the 12 hour days that are ahead of me this summer.

I'm getting ready to begin taking the required exams. I've heard that they're not that hard. Do you have any suggestions on which exam I should focus more on?

Edited at 2017-01-09 11:11 pm (UTC)
elateach2016
Jan. 10th, 2017 01:22 am (UTC)
Re: Tests
I found the EAS to be the least difficult, but some others did not. The EAS has a safety net in which you still pass with a 500 instead of a 520.
The ALST can be tricky, but is difficult to study for. The ALST also has a safety net where if you fail it, but have a B or higher in a college English class, then you will not have to retake it. There is a combined Barron's EAS and ALST that I used that worked for me.

The CST is probably the one that you want to spend the most time studying for. It varies by content. There are some good study books to get for your content area, and you can always look are some old regents in that subject.

I am not going to lie, PST is very intense. The days are long, and yes they are 12+ hours long. You really have to focus all your energy into PST for those 7 weeks, because they are not lenient on anyone. If they say that you can't be late/absent, they mean it. If they speak to you about your dress code, they mean it. In other words, take the rules seriously.

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 9th, 2017 11:53 pm (UTC)
Not sure what this means?
Hi,
Congrats to those who are in, I hope to be joining you soon. My selection date was 12/3 but I received and email yesterday saying they are evaluating staffing needs and need more time to make a decision. I guess thats better than a no, but do you think I still had a chance? Have you heard of such an email?

Thanks for any input
elateach2016
Jan. 10th, 2017 01:26 am (UTC)
Re: Not sure what this means?
Hi,

This is not uncommon. Many people have gotten these notices, it is like a waiting list. Do not lose hope, many have received these in the past, and eventually gotten into the program-or got in for the Fall cohort, which starts in September. (There are 2 programs a year that share the same cohort number).

Good luck to you, I hope that they don't keep you waiting that long.


Edited at 2017-01-10 03:47 am (UTC)
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 10th, 2017 03:17 am (UTC)
Selection Day Event
Hello!
I have my selection day event on Thursday Jan, 12th. However, I am still not sure as to everything that will happen at the event.
I know we have to do a demo lesson for 5 minutes. Then, we have to learn and practice a teaching skill. Last, we have to reteach a part of our lesson.
Is there anything else that I need to know?
I mean, are we going to have individual interviews or do we have to write essays?
Thank you!!
elateach2016
Jan. 10th, 2017 03:42 am (UTC)
RE: Selection Day Event
Hi!
That is about it, there will be 2 evaluators in the room, and about 8-10 other applicants...
Just a few things about your demo: timing is everything. After the 5 minutes, they will clap you off, so make sure that you try to get the best parts of your demo in first. Use your fellow applicants as your students. The more you interact with them, the better your chances are. You will not get in if you lecture for 5 minutes. Also, bring handouts for your "students." You will seem more prepared. The evaluators write down everything you say, so don't be freaked if they are writing a lot. The interviewers will ask you one question while you are teaching -don't let this throw you off. The 2 minute redo is less about the content, and more about getting that skill in there. It is a good idea to start your 2 minute one with the skill right away. It could be as easy as pencils down, all eyes on me-and then reteach something in your demo. Get that skill in there, they want to make sure that you can adapt quickly. Some math and science contents had to stay at the end to take an assessment, but I am not sure if they are doing that this year.
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 10th, 2017 04:13 pm (UTC)
What is going on?
I went through the application and interview process last summer and was accepted but deferred to June 2017 cohort. I was contacted in December to confirm my acceptance into the program and then again to give my subject area preferences. I check my profile in teachertrack periodically and was shocked when I was unable to log into it yesterday. I got an error message that says invalid username or password. After retyping it several times I said maybe I changed my password and forgot it. So I clicked on the forgot my password tab and when I entered my email it said that my email was not valid. I sent an email to NYCTF and I am currently waiting for a response. I am wondering if this is a glitch in the system or something else.
elateach2016
Jan. 11th, 2017 02:30 am (UTC)
Re: What is going on?
I actually signed onto the site the other night, and did not have a problem with accessing it. If you already accepted in December, it is probably just a glitch.
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ljmo
Jan. 11th, 2017 12:35 am (UTC)
Great info, thanks so much
Hi ela, our paths sound so similar--I too wanted some intellectual stimulation so I went back to school for my Master's in 2010, finished up a few years later with a Master's in Theatre History. Now I am also thinking of applying to the NY Teaching Fellows program and the information you're providing here is extremely helpful. Question: how did you get assigned to Brooklyn College? Do they try to assign you to a college near where you live?
Also, are you paid for the summer PST? Thanks again.

Edited at 2017-01-11 12:36 am (UTC)
elateach2016
Jan. 11th, 2017 02:36 am (UTC)
Re: Great info, thanks so much
Hi!
You should apply, it is challenging, but rewarding.
As far as Brooklyn College, they had originally placed me at Lehman in the Bronx. I sent in a request to change form, because I lived on the South Shore of LI, and I was not going to look for any jobs in the Bronx. (You would need to be able to get to grad school from the school you teach at by 4pm). They granted my change. So, it is based on where you live, and which school has the certification that they assign you.
Paid for PST? Good question. You do not, but you do get a stipend of $2500 for the summer. (Those fellows that started 2 weeks earlier got $3500).
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 11th, 2017 07:58 pm (UTC)
D75 1-6 College Placement
I was accepted for D75, grades 1-6. Which colleges support this subject area? I know Pace University is one, any others?

Thank you and congrats everyone!
elateach2016
Jan. 12th, 2017 01:24 am (UTC)
Re: D75 1-6 College Placement
The university placements change from year to year, content area to content area, so Pace may have done it in the past, but may not support it this year. You will not find out until May unfortunately. I have only heard positive things about all the universities in the program, with the exception of Relay-which many do not like.
Good Luck!
Sheikh Ahmed
Jan. 13th, 2017 08:11 pm (UTC)
Just got into the Phone Interview
Hi! I applied back in December and have gotten into the phone interview (scheduled for the 17th). I just wanted to know what questions do they usually ask and how should I prepare for them.
elateach2016
Jan. 16th, 2017 02:32 am (UTC)
RE: Just got into the Phone Interview
Hi!
Good luck on your phone interview.

From what I recall, they ask you a great deal of questions about why you want to be a teacher, particularly in the NYC public school system, what you have to offer these kids-any special skills or background that you may have, and then some what if scenarios mostly about communicating with parents, administrators etc... They most of all want to see if you are passionate about teaching, and are flexible to change. They also may ask you some what if scenarios about classroom management. The only way to prep is to read over your answers to the questions that you answered on the application, and try to have a good answer as to why you want to be a teacher...

hernandezenl
Jan. 14th, 2017 03:17 pm (UTC)
PST
Hi everyone! I just accepted NYCTF's offer to be trained to teach ENL and I couldn't be more excited! And anxious... a few of my friends have gone through the process of becoming a fellow and they're very happy with their careers as teachers, but I am very afraid of the PST process. It's not the work or the long hours that scare me because I am already ready to immerse myself into the process but I am afraid of the possible harsh grading from our mentors. What exactly are we graded on? And how can I start practicing from now so I could become stronger in any element I'll be graded on. Also, do they randomly place us in summer school camps no matter our assigned subject to teach? Also, for the CST what exam should I take if I'm doing ENL? Thank you and I wish you all good luck :)
elateach2016
Jan. 16th, 2017 02:50 am (UTC)
RE: PST
Congrats!
Your grades during PST consist of your evaluations during teaching time, and these techniques that they rate you on.
First, the evaluations-you will have your mentor in your room twice a week for 15 minutes each. One of them counts toward your score the other does not. 50% is classroom culture, 25% is essential content, and 25% is demonstration of learning. The last week both evaluations count toward your score. You always know when your mentor is coming in.
Second, the anchor techniques-there are 5 techniques that they teach you, and you have to demonstrate them two times during PST. You are not with students doing these, as they break you into groups and the fellows are your students (similar to selection day).
This is how you are rated. My best advice is to read the Teach like a Champion book, and watch the videos, because this is like the fellow's bible.
Summer school-yes, you will more than likely be teaching outside of your content area and grade level. I was lucky, I was placed to teach high school English, but some of my English fellows at BC were placed in schools teaching 3-4 grade Math or Social Studies. It just depends on the needs of the students attending summer school for the year.
As far as the CST, I am not sure which one you would take-I would check with the fellows to make sure that you take the right one.

(Anonymous)
Jan. 16th, 2017 02:57 am (UTC)
Partner Universities
Hello! I know we do not find out of assigned university until about 2 weeks before the program starts. Does anyone know or have a list of all the possible schools? I also know that it changes from year to year but I will have to relocate before I find out my school assignment and would really like to select a neighborhood that is centrally located. The ones I know of is hunter, pace, LIU Brooklyn, and St.Johns. Thanks!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 16th, 2017 03:00 am (UTC)
RE: Partner Universities
Oh I should add - I currently live in Staten Island. I think where you live is taken into consideration, but I'll be moving because commuting from here is terrible. Also - the school that you are sent to during PST to teach students will be near your university, correct?
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2017 02:01 am (UTC)
Hi! I was recently accepted into the program. I am very excited however there is a slight chance that I will not be able to do it. I need to let them know by the 23rd, but will not know 100% if I can do it by then. I was wondering what would happen if I accepted my offer but then had to back out? Are there any repercussions? Thank you!
elateach2016
Jan. 20th, 2017 01:01 am (UTC)
If you accept the offer and back out, you will not be allowed to re-apply to the program. I believe that you can defer until next year, but you would have to contact the fellows to be sure.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2017 02:55 am (UTC)
Accepted
Hi i got accepted on Jan 05 for Bilingual education, does anyone know what schools they have previously placed bilinguals in?
elateach2016
Jan. 20th, 2017 01:03 am (UTC)
Re: Accepted
I am not really sure which universities support the bi-lingual program. My guess would be City or Pace, maybe LIU, but don't quote me on that.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2017 04:13 pm (UTC)
2017 Salary - Previous Masters Degree
Hi everyone - congrats to those who have been accepted and good luck to those waiting to hear back!

As I'm sure others are, I am a career changer and currently hold a Master's degree in Psychology. Does anyone know if this will move me up to the next salary step once getting a FT teaching position? It's not clear on the DOE website if this will count towards a salary step or not.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2017 06:02 pm (UTC)
RE: 2017 Salary - Previous Masters Degree
You may want to contact the UFT to see how the pay is determined.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2017 01:32 am (UTC)
ACCEPTED EVENT
Did anyone attend the accepted applicant event on Tuesday? it said it wasn't mandatory but does anyone know what went on there.
pedrodfigueroa
Jan. 19th, 2017 07:27 am (UTC)
Re: ACCEPTED EVENT
I went to it. It was pretty informative. There were 4 current fellows there talking about their experience, answering every single question we had. We also broke into groups based on our subjects and were able to have conversation and get questions answered there too. It was more of an info session for people who still had questions or needed info to be more clear before enrolling into the program. I say go to the next available one because you will be able to meet a lot of people teaching the same subject as you. Some of us exchanged info too so we could study for certain exams together. Congrats on getting accepted!
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ljmo
Jan. 20th, 2017 02:36 am (UTC)
PST school
Hi, does anyone know if there a possibility that the summer school that a fellow assists/teaches at during the PST could lead to a full-time job at that same school for that September?

Edited at 2017-01-20 02:54 am (UTC)
elateach2016
Jan. 20th, 2017 03:17 am (UTC)
Re: PST school
Hi!
Absolutely! If they have an opening in your content area, and you like the school, you can set up an interview with the administration. Before I took my current position, the co-teacher that I worked with asked if I wanted them to put in a word for me with their AP...
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 21st, 2017 03:47 am (UTC)
Choosing an objective
Students will be able to distinguish between literal and figurative language in
a text and determine the meaning of each.

So this is the lesson plan i would like to use. My question is when it says a text does it mean I have to find examples of each in a work of literature or does it just mean to come up with a sentence and the class should be able to determine the answer for each.. Sorry if this is at all confusing and thanks in advance for your help
elateach2016
Jan. 22nd, 2017 03:15 am (UTC)
RE: Choosing an objective
As far as content goes, try to keep it as simple as possible. They are really not that interested in the content you teach, but how you teach it. 5 minutes may seem like a great deal of time, but when you are up there, it goes by really fast! Do not lecture for 5 minutes, you probably won't make it! Get your "students" as involved as you possibly can.
I used the 5 stages of a story's plot. When I practiced it, I found that there was no way that I would be able to do all 5, so I just concentrated on the first one-but had all the materials for all 5. I barely finished going over the first one in time!
So in answer to your question, I would just go over the differences between the 2, and then have a few example sentences where the students provide you with which ones they are, and why they picked them.

Good luck!
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2017 09:36 pm (UTC)
dropping out question
what happens if something comes up and you need to drop out after university classes start already? do you need to pay for the rest of tuition? where can i find more information about this? thanks!
elateach2016
Jan. 26th, 2017 01:08 am (UTC)
Re: dropping out question
I don't think that you have to pay for your Master's classes if you drop out, since you did not complete your degree. The 8,000 does not start to come out if your pay check until you start teaching, so you do not have to pay anything up front.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2017 09:44 pm (UTC)
why NYCTF over traditional masters?
I have been researching about NYCTF and have been seeing a lot of negative experiences people have had - disrespect, questionable rejections after summer training, no control, no real support, disorganized, financial burden, no work-life balance..... I really want to be a teacher and was so excited about my acceptance but I am struggling to see why people choose NYCTF over a traditional masters.

1) Why did you?

2) Financially, a CUNY with financial aid would probably equal to about the same price as tuition through the NYCTF - so why is the fellows better? It sounds harder financially since you cannot work for 3 months and have no benefits.

3) I did not get placed in the subject area I wanted (and my appeal to switch was rejected) so now I will getting certified for a different subject and will have to eventually get an additional certification for the subject area I want. This will cost more and I will not have the 2 years experience in the subject area I want to teach. Why do you think it would still be worth it to do the NYCTF? Is that enough reason not to do it?

Thanks!

elateach2016
Jan. 26th, 2017 01:23 am (UTC)
Re: why NYCTF over traditional masters?
Good question!

I will start by saying that the program is not for everyone, but if you really want to be a teacher, it is worth it.
For me, it was a time factor. Since I was older than most of the fellows, I didn't want to have to wait another 2+ years to start teaching. It was grueling, but it went very fast.

As far as the university, yes with financial aid it would not be that much different at a CUNY school, but some of the schools are private, and I would not have gotten any financial aid, so this was a good way to get my degree, without having to lay out any money up front. My university fellows program at BC is excellent, they really know their stuff, and are super helpful throughout the process. The lack of a paycheck is difficult, but you do get a tax free stipend of 2500, and you have a paycheck coming in once you start working in September. I had a good support system at home, but if you do not, then that can be an issue.
Lastly, the fellows are a special breed, and hiring principals know it. Some actually seek out fellows now to fill positions. So, it is somewhat a badge of honor to say you are a fellow.
What subject did you get, and what subject did you want? Maybe if you start with the one they assigned you with, you will like it and not want to switch?
I went into this program with the "I have nothing to lose attitude." I had an unfulfilling job that I hated, and I knew if I didn't do the program, that I would regret it.
I wish you luck with your decision!
Denise Chavarria
Jan. 24th, 2017 10:12 pm (UTC)
Is there anyone else from the Jan 3rd selection day?
I am just wondering if there is anyone else from the January 3rd selection day event. It has been three weeks since my selection day and the waiting is killing me. I am wondering if anyone from my selection day found out if they are in yet. I am reading a lot of the comments and it seems 3 weeks is the magic number for the notification. Today will make three weeks exactly. I am going crazy counting down the days.

If you were at the selection day on January 3rd, please let me know if you heard back.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 28th, 2017 02:11 pm (UTC)
RE: Is there anyone else from the Jan 3rd selection day?
You'll probably find out sooner than I did but I went to selection day in October and didn't find out until January so don't get your hopes up and think about it too much. The wait honesty killed me but it was all worth it in the end to get accepted. Good luck!!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 24th, 2017 11:13 pm (UTC)
Hey firstly thanks for doing this. I was just wondering if you could take us potential English cohorts through a typical day in PST and if I'm not mistaken the grad class that coincides with that, ad after the trainings over and you're hired at a school how does that go and coincide with grad classes?

Also does anyone have a new baby and have been accepted into the program or have very young kids that are before school aged, how did you handle the program?
elateach2016
Jan. 26th, 2017 01:34 am (UTC)
Hi,

Typical day for an English cohort: This was during the teaching part...
7:30am-arrive at training site, get ready for the day.
8-9am-prep for teaching, practice lesson with other fellows
9-10am-teach a lesson-the student count was fairly low for me, perhaps 8 kids on a typical day.
11-12pm-debrief with your coach, work on lesson plans
12-12:30pm-lunch.
12:30-2:30pm-Skills building training
4pm-7:30pm-university class
8:30pm arrive home and get anything ready for the next day
11-12am-collapse into bed (lol)

I have one grad class now on Thursdays from 6-8:30pm. I am not affected by any other days university wise, but it can vary by university. You can take as many classes as you want, I know of some fellows taking more than one, but I couldn't handle it on the first year-maybe next year I will take more than one a semester.

I did not have young children during this process, so I will leave that up to someone else to answer for you.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 25th, 2017 03:40 am (UTC)
Transportation
I have a question towards transportation. Where exactly is the teaching fellows program ? I sent my application but I am worried about how I will be getting there. If I choose not to drive is there a way to take a train ? I live in east meadow Long Island ny . Please, if anyone can help , it would be appreciated!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 25th, 2017 11:33 am (UTC)
RE: Transportation
You can take the LIRR to transfer to any NYC train in order to get to the school and college you are placed in.
Re: Transportation - elateach2016 - Jan. 26th, 2017 01:40 am (UTC) - Expand
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