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A CITY GUIDE TO PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA FOR TEACHERS AND SCHOOL SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS

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

Whether you decide to call it Philly, The Birthplace of America or The City of Brotherly Love, we know you’ll love Philadelphia! This city is steeped in history. It has passionate sports fans. It has world class museums. What more could you want? The city covers 142 square miles, is home to nearly 1.6 million people and experiences all 4 seasons. The area was originally home to the Lenape (Delaware) people. Philadelphia was founded in 1682 by the Quaker William Penn and was the adopted home of polymath Benjamin Franklin. Additionally, Philadelphia was the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the sewing of the first American Flag, and America’s First College (University of Pennsylvania).

If you love eating, sports, shopping, history, rowing, or live music, look no further. Imagine what your life would be like in exciting Philadelphia as we explore some of the eats, the arts and the adventures this fun city offers.

Popular Neighborhoods

One of Philadelphia’s nicknames is the City of Neighborhoods, so you’ll have plenty of different areas to choose from. If you are looking for a mix of cobbled colonial streets and vibrant nightlife, Old City is the neighborhood for you. Whereas the downtown neighborhood of Washington Square West boasts an urban city feel with a beautiful park (Washington Square Park). Another downtown neighborhood to consider is Rittenhouse. This upscale region mixes the metropolitan architecture of center-city with colonial brick style row houses. Fishtown / Northern Liberties is a bike, bar, and cafe filled community that many young professionals enjoy calling home. If you want quick access to city life but a quieter, small town feel, then Graduate Hospital may be the perfect neighborhood. Another similar neighborhood that’s easily walkable, yet in proximity to center city, is Passyunk Square. But if you’re hoping for something closer to the skyscrapers and the world famous Rocky Steps of the Art Museum, then Fairmount is the place for you. Two other neighborhoods that combine Philly’s colonial architecture with the ability to live a car-free life are Bella Vista and Filter Square. Both walkable areas are filled with local restaurants and coffee shops worth exploring.

Fabulous Food and Drink

When it comes to the exploration of food and drink Philadelphia has a hoard of delicious options. Home to one of the largest, and oldest, public markets in America - The Reading Terminal Market is a must visit while in Philly. When people think of food from Philadelphia, the cheesesteak reigns supreme. While Pat’s and Genos have a long storied rivalry, Jim’s offers the equally mouthwatering local delicacy without the long lines. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a fine French fair then Parc is the spot. If you want to feel like you're escaping to the country, Talula's Garden is a beautiful setting. Old City’s Zahav brings Philadelphia a taste of Israel that is hard to beat. And if you have a sweet tooth visit Franklin’s Fountain which is an old fashioned ice cream parlor that has both tons of flavors and history.

As for drinks, if you want to sip sophisticated cocktails the bar at R&D was made for you. Or perhaps the Tinto Wine Bar is more your speed, where you can pick up a “$5 Sangria during Happy Hour (5:00pm – 7:00pm).” Philly has plenty of watering holes for beer drinkers as well. The city is home to Frankford Hall which is a cozy, yet festive, German style beer hall. Here you’ll not only find large steins of ales and lagers but massive pretzels, fire pits, ping pong tables and more. Beer gardens are also extremely popular in Philadelphia. For those looking for an atmosphere with their beer Independence Beer Garden, Philadelphia Horticulture Society Pop-Up Beer Garden and Uptown Beer are all terrific choices. For those looking for a kick of caffeine, a few notable coffee shops in Philadelphia are Avenue’s Cafe, Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books and One Shot Cafe.

Outstanding Arts and Music

If you love art, do not miss the aforementioned Philadelphia Museum of Art, where you can enjoy European art, modern art, fascinating architecture and the opportunity to sprint up the steps. What’s more Philadelphian than Benjamin Franklin? He is not only credited with the invention of the lightning-rod, bifocals, swimming hand paddles, and the first U.S. public library but his name is associated with the family-friendly Franklin Institute. Here you’ll find a museum that covers topics from film to natural history to air travel.

It might also be fun to check out some classical music at the Kimmel Center! Philadelphia has all sorts of music venues. Visit Philadelphia has a list of music venues, so take your pick.

Awesome Adventures

Are you an adventurer? Hike, bike, or run through Wissahickon Valley Park to see the beautiful, riverside trails or embark on a more rigorous adventure to The Pinnacle as you scramble up rocky Appalachian hillsides for the reward of a scenic view any season of the year. If you’re feeling touristy, visit Love Park or the Liberty Bell. If you’re open to leaving the city for scenery both Longwood Gardens and Valley Forge National Park make for beautiful day trips that are well worth the drive.

Choose Philadelphia

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 Philly! Explore our exciting PA teaching jobs and school support positions today and start your journey toward a life in the exciting city of Philadelphia.