A twenty-something teacher in Colorado; Theatre Arts; Social Studies; Grades 7-12; Hired for first year of teaching to begin in August.

It’s happening.

It’s happening.

Things I Have Learned About School Districts

Anytime a school district says they’ll do (insert action here) by/on (insert date here), add seven days to that date. At least.

Must add “Call school district about paper work” to my to do before I leave for vacation** list.  

**I’m going to Ohio in a week to visit my dad. Hooray for vacations (even if I take this trip every summer).

It’s 3 AM

And I’m wide awake…because I’m planning lessons in my mind.

Browsing for stuff to put in my classroom…

…and I have no clue where to start.  Teachers, what do you put on your classroom walls and where do you buy your decorations/signs and so forth?

Ladies and gentlemen…

I received a job offer for a seventh grade social studies position. This job offer came as a complete shock.  Incoming gif spam…

Sure the school may not be a “good fit”, but I have to start somewhere, right?  And I will be working on a team of teachers that will include a reading interventionalist who also has a background in Drama, so I will have some arts integration support.

Yesterday, my interview experience was interesting.  The interview itself went well (I think).  I did really well on the questions I have struggled with in the past, but I really did not do as well on the questions I normally rock.  It was an odd reversal.  Honestly, I don’t know if I got the job.  As I was walking into the interview, the interviewee before me was leaving.  She was young.  And as I was leaving, the interviewee after me was arriving.  She was also young.  To my knowledge, they only interviewed three people for the position (no one applies for the jobs in these small schools).  So, I feel like I actually have a fair chance of getting this job. 

However, I really don’t know if this school will be a “good fit”.  The way they set up the interview was really intimidating.  They set up a line of tables on one end of a classroom and put me at the other end of room.  It really worked against me.  I couldn’t show them my portfolio as I interviewed and when I offered to show them my portfolio at the end of the interview, they told me there wasn’t enough time.  I don’t really understand why a school would set up the interview room in this way.  I was so distanced from the committee and, again, I could not show them portfolio.  And let’s face it, my portfolio really earns me a lot of brownie points.  Generally, schools always say they love how I plan my lessons, they love that I put my modifications in the lesson plans, and my assessment rubrics are really well written and student-centered.

But I guess we’ll see sometime next week.  I really hate waiting and I really wanted to like this school.  But I really did not feel welcome in the school.

Also, on a side note: I can’t help but feel like I am at an automatic disadvantage when I interview for social studies positions.  Sure, I am “highly qualified” to teach social studies through my 24 credit hour minor and PRAXIS II score.  But I know most (if not all) of the other candidates actually majored in Social Studies Education. 

I have my seventh job interview tomorrow. Hopefully, this will be lucky number seven for me. I’m going into this interview with a positive outlook and attitude. Confidence is key and I have been surrounding myself with positive and uplifting thoughts. Also, since my latest rejection, I have been listening to “empowering” songs (a.k.a songs I listened to when my previous relationship fell apart). I’m hoping that will be enough to help me rock my interview. Plus, I only have to drive one hour to reach my interview tomorrow. That’s the least amount of time I’ve had to spend driving to an interview to date. I’m excited to say the least.
I’m going to be awesome tomorrow. There’s no other option.

Feeling discouraged.

Finally heard from the school I interviewed with last week.

Once again, I am told “You’re great.  We really liked you.  You’re going to be a phenomenal teacher.  But we went with someone with more experience.”

I’d being lying if I didn’t say I feel slightly devastated right now.  This is the sixth time I have been told that the school went with someone “with more experience.”  I don’t think it’s going to stop.

I’m at a loss.  Why do schools keep telling me how wonderful I am and choose not to hire me?  They tell me “We’d love to have you in our district”.  But they don’t hire me.  I seriously don’t understand.

This just feels worse than other rejection because I really, really wanted it.

Saline resident Lisa St. John has been searching for a permanent teaching position in Washtenaw County since 2005.

Despite submitting dozens of applications, her substitute teaching experience and going back to obtain her master’s degree, St. John has received very few interviews throughout her seven-year job hunt.

She did work for a year teaching at a charter school in Detroit and she picks up substitute teaching jobs whenever she can, but St. John’s search for a full-time teaching job in Washtenaw County has been futile.

“I’ve never had a problem before in my life getting any type of job,” she said.

St. John’s passion for children may not be enough to offset her age and pricey qualifications.

I really hope this isn’t me one day.  I really hope.  

Job interview 7!

Am I really at 7?!

Well, I got a call for a school I applied for on a whim on Tuesday.  It’s for a social studies position at a middle school that is only ONE HOUR AWAY!  I’m going to be spoiled.