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A CITY GUIDE TO AUSTIN FOR TEACHERS AND SCHOOL SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS

If you’ve been hoping to find the perfect Texas teaching job as a special education teacher or school support professional, picture yourself working and living in the unique city of Austin, Texas. Whether you’re an occupational therapist, special education teacher, paraprofessional, nurse, school psychologist, counselor, preschool teacher, substitute teacher, administrator or other support professional, Austin, Texas has a world of educational career opportunities waiting just for you.

Whether you decide to call it ATX, Hippie Haven, or Bat City, we know you’ll love Austin! It’s got music festivals. It’s got food trucks. It’s got hiking. It’s got breweries. What more could you want? The city covers 326 square miles, is home to over 1 million people, is the state capital of Texas, and is considered to be the live music capital of the world. Austin’s climate is unique because it’s located in a transitional zone between the humid Southeast U.S. and the dry deserts in the Southwest. The weather varies; however, the liveliness of the city is always a constant.

If you love hiking, kayaking, shopping, eating, line dancing or live music, this place is for you. Imagine what your life would be like in exciting Austin as we explore some of the eats, the arts and the adventures this fun city offers.

Popular Neighborhoods

Austin is the capital city of Texas and has experienced one of the biggest population growths in the country. With everything the city has to offer, it’s no wonder people want to move here. Start your search by considering some of the best neighborhoods in Austin.

The North University neighborhood could be appealing to you, especially if you enjoy historic homes, endless coffee shops and the sophisticated feel of being in a university town. For a more up and coming neighborhood, consider Rosewood which has plenty of parks and public transportation. If the suburbs are more your style, try Brushy Creek or Manchaca. For a walkable area with numerous dining and entertainment options, Zilker is the neighborhood for you. Old Enfield offers a slice of the suburbs within the city limits. With that comes amazing public schools and plenty of green space. Another area with green space and proximity to the heart of the city is Bouldin Creek. However, if you’re looking for tree lined streets with craftsman style homes then Hyde Park is the spot. Surrounded by wildlife, Old West Austin has a great proximity to Downtown. Both of which provide different sides of city life filled with delicious food and vibrant nightlife.

Fabulous Food and Drink

Austin routinely ranks as a top foodie city in the U.S. – from the Soul Food Truck Fest to the ATX Food Truck Festival you can find all of your favorite traveling food vendors in one spot. Events like these are in line with the phrase Austinites love, “Keep Austin weird.” Another venue that’s sure to keep the city weird, is the Fareground. It holds 6 different eateries and a few extra bars and is a community gathering space. One stop you must make is at Cidercade. It’s an arcade, mixed with hard ciders and upscale bar snacks. Among Austin’s most top-rated restaurants, Cenote is a place where you can try local cuisine with a twist, like a bacon empanada. For a quick bite like no other, Oh K-Dog has Korean rice hotdogs that can be customized to your liking.

In addition to creative eateries, Austin also offers up an exciting nightlife scene. The Roosevelt Room features a house-crafted menu of specialty cocktails which changes every month. Upstairs at Caroline was designed to be an urban backyard party. Cornhole, giant Jenga and tacos are always a good time! Caffeinated or alcoholic, Houndstooth Coffee has both bartenders and baristas on staff, ready to create a delicious beverage.

Outstanding Arts and Music

If you love art, do not miss Blanton Museum of Art, where you can enjoy European art, modern art and fascinating architecture. Additionally, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden features impressive outdoor art and greenery. It might also be fun to check out up and coming films at the Austin Film Festival– there are too many to count! Austin is also home to the world-renowned South by Southwest music festival. However, if festivals aren't your thing, Austin is also home to all sorts of music venues. Austintexas.org has a list of the top 20 music venues, so take your pick.

Awesome Adventures

Are you an adventurer? Take a hike through Barton Creek Greenbelt to see the beautiful bridges, meandering creeks, and lush forests. Another amazing thing about Austin is all of the waterways. If you’re interested in getting out on the water whether it be paddle boarding, kayaking or taking a dip in one of Austin’s many swimming holes, then you’re in luck. If you’re feeling touristy, visit the Texas State Capitol. You could also check out the Lady Bird Wildflower Center or learn some state history at the Bullock Museum.

Choose Austin

This is just a glimpse into all there is to do in this spectacular city. Imagine how much you would enjoy living and working in Austin! Explore our exciting Austin teaching jobs and school support positions today and start your journey toward a life in the exciting city of Austin.