As it turns out, making new friends and maintaining old ones as an adult is harder than expected. For many, the days of living in close proximity to hundreds of potential pals are a thing of the past, as are the free nights and weekends in which to regularly cultivate those friendships. However, the need for a reliable, trustworthy network still remains, and having one is just as important for adults as it is for young people.  

The benefits of a fulfilling social life and network extend beyond those of overall wellbeing and into the professional arena.  Research suggests that people who are happier enjoy numerous professional benefits as well.  

At OneTeacher, we have a vested interest in this topic--not only have we experienced the correlation between personal and professional satisfaction ourselves, but we’re in the business of helping folks find great-fit positions--and feeling connected is one key piece of that. 

Regardless of whether you've recently moved to a new location or have been in your current one a while, we can help.  Check out the suggestions below for strengthening your connection to where you live and to those around you.  And if you are looking for a role that’s going to be a great fit for you or know someone who is, we can help with that, too!
  1. Pick a community event and attend regularly (think: running/walking group, farmer's market, library events, etc.).  
  2. Check out some new places in town.
  3. Find a volunteer opportunity you're excited about doing once a month or quarter.
  1. Be shameless about asking people out on "friend dates"--chances are, they'll be excited to make a new friend, too!
  2. Check or similar sites for upcoming events you'd like to attend.
  3. Ask your current friends or acquaintances if there's anyone they know that they think you'd hit if off with, and then invite them both to meet up sometime!
  1. Plan a time each week to connect with your friends, even if it's just a quick text or video message to let them know you're thinking of them.
  2. Set a goal for how often you'd like to meet up or talk to certain friends--and track your progress to hold yourself accountable!
  3. Maximize your time by asking friends to join you for another activity like exploring a new place, taking a day trip together, or getting in some physical activity.

Now Matching

OneTeacher is now matching educators for the following roles for the 2019-2020 school year at our 40+ partner schools across Arizona. For details on how you can earn a referral bonus of $250, contact us today! 

Elementary Teachers
  • Kindergarten Teacher 
  • 1st Grade Teacher 
  • 2nd Grade Teacher
  • 4th Grade Teacher  
Math Teachers
  • Middle School STEAM Teacher 
  • High School Math Teacher
Science Teachers
  • Middle School STEAM Teacher 
  • High School Science Teacher 
  • High School Biology Teacher  
ELA/ELL Teachers
  • Middle School ELA Teacher 
  • High School English Teacher 
  • High School ELL/SEI Teacher
Special Area Teachers
  • Middle School STEAM Teacher 
  • Middle School PE Teacher 

Special Education 
  • K-8th Grade Special Education Resource Teacher 
  • Middle School EDP Alternative Special Education Teacher  
  • High School Special Education Teachers  
  • School Operations Associate 

  • K-5th Grade ELA Student Achievement Strategist
  • 6th-8th Grade ELA Student Achievement Strategist
  • Elementary School Academic Coach
  • Middle School STEAM Academic Coach
Key Support Staff
  • Social-Emotional Learning Coach
  • K-8th Grade School Psychologist


Resource Corner

Edutopia offers some great reading strategies for elementary teachers in this literacy-focused post!

Check out this heartwarming story of student-to-student kindness in Memphis. 


About OneTeacher

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