If you’ve been dreaming of your ideal location for a special education job or school support position, imagine yourself in fun, fabulous Phoenix. Whether you’re an occupational therapist, special education teacher, paraprofessional, school psychologist, counselor, nurse, substitute teacher, preschool teacher, administrator, or other support professional, Phoenix, Arizona, has a world of opportunity waiting for you.
Phoenix is named the Valley of the Sun for its warm, dry weather. In addition to the sunny weather, there are many more reasons nearly 1.6 million people choose to call Phoenix home today. For one, the area has an intriguing history with much to discover – from learning about the Hohokam, Pima, Maricopa, Yavapai, and Apache tribes to visiting architecture designed by masters like Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s also a golfer’s paradise, a nature lover's Eden, and a sports fans’ dream. Picture yourself in Phoenix as we explore some of the eats, arts, and adventures it offers.
Tacolandia…doesn’t that just sound like fun? The Tacolandia festival touts food from “the best of Phoenix's taquerias, from urban contemporary to authentic street-style” (and you can even get VIP Tacolandia tickets)! If you can’t make it to the taco festival, don’t fret. Phoenix has a French fry fest, a wing fest, a vegan fest, a chocolate fest, and a pizza fest. So if you’re a foodie, you’ll be in heaven.
For restaurants, try Ocotillo, which the Phoenix Times calls “an edible homage to the bounty of the Sonoran Desert.” Ocotillo features items like Mesquite Grilled Ocotillo Chicken with citrus, chili, local honey and pecans. And Carolina’s Mexican Food, founded in 1968, gets excellent reviews if you’re in the mood for Machaca with Egg Burro.
If you’re a wine lover, enjoy a tasting along with a cheese board at Carlson Creek in the arts and entertainment district of Old Town Scottsdale. And if you’re into beer, visit Wren House Brewing in Green Gables neighborhood of Phoenix. For tea and coffee drinkers, the Songbird Coffee and Tea House is sure to delight, with locally-sourced beans, tea leaves, chai, and kombucha.
The top art museums in the area are the widely recognized Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, and Scottsdale Museum. But for a more unusual adventure, try the Musical Instrument Museum or the Phoenix Police Museum. If you like to make art yourself, sign up for classes at the Phoenix Center for the Arts and try your hand at ceramics, jewelry making, glass, or mosaics.
When you’re craving an outdoor music experience, meet some friends at M3FFest. It’s a huge non-profit festival held in March, and it hosts groups like Bon Iver, The Roots, The Shins, Thumpasaurus, and Shady Gnomes. If orchestral music is more your speed, plan a date at the Symphony Music Hall to hear Beethoven or the score from the Harry Potter movies.
There’s no shortage of fun in Phoenix. If you love being outdoors, don’t miss the Desert Botanical Garden, which has nearly 50,000 desert plants spread across 55 acres and is a pioneer in the conservation of desert species. For hikers, at Camelback Mountain, which rises over the metropolitan area, you can traverse challenging trails and see all sorts of wildlife from cottontail rabbits to chuckwalla lizards. You can even take a day trip from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon!
If you’re into sports, play a round of golf at one of the 200 golf courses in Phoenix, watch a Diamondbacks baseball game at Chase Field, or see a Suns or Mercury basketball game at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Phoenix also has an NFL and an NHL team!
This is just a glimpse at all there is to do in this wonderful city. Imagine all the fun you’d have if you actually lived and worked there! Explore our exciting Phoenix teaching jobs and school support positions today and start your journey toward a life in fabulous Phoenix.