I got a job! I got a job! I got a job! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!
*does happy dance like a total dork*
After working in retail for over a year, I have finally been offered a full-time teaching job! I will be teaching the language arts / social studies block to kindergarten students starting in the fall!
I am full of excitement, anticipation, happiness, hope, and nerves.. Hehe… This will be what I’ve studied for. This will be what I’ve looked forward to for years. This will be what I intend to do for the rest of my working life. It’s a lot to live up to but I can’t wait! I can finally put to use all the teacher/classroom things I’ve collected over the years. No one will ever think I’m crazy for having over 100 picture books or wanting to go to the children’s section of bookstores first. I’ll finally be able to call myself a “teacher” and not just “certified to teach”. I’ll be confident and glad to tell people what I do for a living. I’ll look forward to meet up with people who I knew in high school to show them what I’ve become.
How I got the job is a crazy story in itself. Last Monday, my friend told me that her aunt was a principal of a nearby school and that she was interviewing for teachers. I didn’t know anything about the school other than that it used to be a private school that was religiously affiliated but was changing to a newly named charter school. Now I’m not religious, so I had some reservations. I figured that I didn’t have anything to lose so emailed the principle my resume Monday night.
I got a call Tuesday from the principal asking me if I would like to come in for an interview Wednesday.
On Wednesday, I went to the interview and was so nervous that my hands were wet and clammy the whole time. I was the 8th and last person to be interviewed that morning. When I got there, I had to complete a short essay regarding my philosophy of the role of technology in the classroom. I thought I knocked that out of the park but I was still extremely nervous to actually get interviewed. (I may or may not post my essay just so that I’ll forever remember it.) However, after about 30 seconds into the interview, the second person interviewing me (the reading specialist) asked me about the location of the bookstore where I work. As it turns out, I had previously helped her in the store and she had basically thought that I was awesome. From then on, I was a lot more relaxed and the interview went smoothly. I mentioned key words like assessment, inquiry based learning, intrinsic motivation, technology, documentation, and more. I was honest and I explained what I learned from past experiences. We ended the interview by them saying that since they are now a charter school, they have to talk with the management team that runs the school before any hiring can take place but that I should be getting a call from the school in the next two to three weeks. In actuality, they called me later that day. However I was at work and couldn’t return the call until after 6 but the office had already gone home for the day.
I had work early the next day, Thursday, so I wasn’t unable to call in the morning. By lunch, I had another voice mail from them. I called them back and they told me that I got the job if I wanted. I was ecstatic and I told them yes!
On Friday, I signed the paperwork saying that my “employment agreement has been confirmed for the 2010-2011 school year”! They also told me that I was definitely going to be teaching the Kindergarten language arts / social studies class! After over a year of -nothing-, I went from hearing about a position to getting hired in the matter of days. I guess sometimes you just have to pay your dues.
Anyway, I’ll be updating more based on my first year of teaching! I want to remember everything! All the ups and downs and how I handled it all! I’m soooo excited!!