If you’ve been hoping to find the perfect D.C. teaching job as a special education teacher or school support professional, picture yourself working and living in Washington D.C. Whether you’re an occupational therapist, special education teacher, paraprofessional, nurse, school psychologist, counselor, preschool teacher, substitute teacher, administrator or other support professional, Washington D.C., has a world of educational career opportunities just waiting for you.
Whether you decide to call it D.C., the District, Capitol Hill or the Federal City, we know you’ll love Washington D.C.! It has landmarks. It has history. It’s the Nation’s Capital. What more could you want? The city covers almost 70 square miles and is home to nearly 700,000 people. Originally inhabited by the Piscataway people, the area along the Potomac River became the capital city in 1790. This port city was once a trading post for anything from crops to military supplies. Since then, it has become the hub of political power in the United States.
If you love running, biking, shopping, eating, dancing, or visiting world class museums, this place is for you. Imagine what your life would be like in exciting Washington D.C. as we explore some of the eats, the arts, and the adventures this lively city offers.
Washington, D.C. has a variety of neighborhoods to choose from. One downtown area that takes its name from George Washington’s estate is Mount Vernon Square. This area is known for its unique architecture coexisting with numerous restaurants, bars and cafes. Not too far away, Mclean Gardens provides a more suburban feel that’s perfect for families. If you’re looking for a more vibrant nightlife and plenty of dining options, you can’t miss Georgetown. Another beautiful area of the city is the aptly named Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Here you’ll find tree-lined streets and historic homes. In the same vein Cathedral Heights is a scenic area filled with gardens, brownstones and churches. If you’re looking for international culture in the U.S. capitol look no further than Chinatown. If downtown apartments are your abode of choice, this region of D.C. is a great option for you. Adams Morgan is home to colorful 19th century row-houses and could potentially be a perfect place for you. Another area worth mentioning is Capitol Hill. This is where major political decisions are made, and it also happens to be a section of the city that is packed with stores and restaurants. Finally, two areas that are just outside of D.C. but certainly worth mentioning are Arlington, Virginia and Bethesda, Maryland. While both are suburbs, both are also gorgeous and homey, yet geographically close enough to commute into the city daily.
Washington D.C. is fantastic fun for foodies – from BBQ brisket at 2fifty to the mouth-watering Mexican food at Muchas Gracias! Maybe meat isn’t your thing. If that’s the case PLNT Burger (and others) have you covered. Appio African Bar & Grill can give you a taste of West Africa while in Washington. And if you’re into politico spotting while you dine, you can try Fiola’s. But if after a delicious sandwich and coffee you’re still in search of something sweet Pitango Gelato in Adams Morgan has you covered!
As for drinks, feel the fresh air at rooftop bars such as Conservatory, or the more casual Red Derby. If reds and whites are more to your liking, St. Vincent Wine has a large selection of both. For those who like beer both Dacha Beer Garden and Franklin Hall are wonderful options. However, if you’re looking for a more energizing kind of brew, check out Sidamo Coffee and Tea.
One thing that is amazing about Washington D.C. is the number of museums (many of which are FREE!). In terms of Art Museums, two that are at the top of the must see list are the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. If you’re more interested in music, here is a catch-all list of some of D.C.’s best. The Capitol is also home to some unique museums such as the International Spy Museum or the National Archives Museum. We’d also be remiss not to mention that ALL the Smithsonian museums are free! And if you’re feeling particularly political, a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue will take you directly past the White House.
Are you an adventurer? Take to the trails and hike through Theodore Roosevelt Island to see the beautiful river, woods and wildlife or embark on a more rigorous adventure and try your hand at paddling the Potomac River. If you’re feeling touristy, visit the Washington Monument and walk the National Mall.
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 D.C.! Explore our exciting D.C. teaching jobs and school support positions today and start your journey toward a life in the exciting city of Washington D.C.