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Getting a Little Antsy

It’s been 2 and 1/2 weeks since I’ve signed the papers confirming my teaching position.

As each day passes, I get a little more anxious and antsy.

I still haven’t seen past the school office, let alone the classroom I’ll be in. I don’t know if there will be separate tables or just group tables for my students. I don’t know how many bulletin boards I’ll be able to have. I don’t know if I’ll be sharing the same room with another teacher with a few room dividers or if I’ll have my own room. I don’t know if there will be a sink in the room. I don’t know if I’ll have to adhere to certain themes in my classroom decoration for the start of the year. I don’t know what technologies I’ll have available to me in the room. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get some sort of compensation for the supplies I’ll use in the classroom. I don’t know the name of the math/science/spanish Kindergarten teacher I’ll be sharing my students with. I don’t even know how many Kindergarten teachers there will be in total.

Since signing, the school has called me to ask for my social security number and references for background checks and other logistics of hiring within the school system. After that, nothing… On July 6th, right after I came back from a trip to Washington, D.C., I decided to be proactive and call the school. I asked if  they had finalized the dates for the HR (human resource) meetings yet. The meeting is so we can finalize direct deposit, decided on the frequency of checks, and learn about medical and other benefits. During the meeting, supposedly we will get to finally tour the school (given all the alterations are completed). However, the dates have yet to be finalized. I also asked if there was anything else I needed to do. They said no, but if anything pops up then the principal will call me. They did say that there will be an informational meeting for parents on July 15th that teachers will be welcome to come as well. They said that they would either call or email the final details. Well it’s July 11th and no call or email yet. The calendar on the new school website doesn’t say anything for July. There is an event titled “Orientation for Registers Students and Parents” for August 2nd. I just don’t know how the secretary could get those dates so mixed up though. If I don’t get any calls or emails by my lunch break on Wednesday, I’m going to call again and simply ask if the meetings have been scheduled and somehow work my way to ask about the parent meeting.

Sigh… I want to be proactive and interested but not seem overbearing.

We shall see…

Today’s Silver Lining: At least I have that piece of paper saying that they fully intend for me to teach at their school! I could still be in limbo with multiple schools.

Retail Realities

Before I start my rant, let me just say two things. 1) I love bookstores. 2)Since I can’t get a teaching job, working in a bookstore is my next top choice.

That being said, I don’t think I can work in retail for much longer. Here are my reasons why:

  • The schedule runs from Sunday to Saturday and following week’s new schedule gets posted on Friday nights.  This means that I can’t plan out weekends since I never know if and when I work the connecting Sunday until a day and a half before.
  • During the week, the schedule gets revised numerous times. This is usually don’t without the knowledge of people and no one calls to them to notify them when they are not at work to check themselves.
  • The days and shifts I work change from week to week. I need a set schedule. I like to have routines and have the ability to plan.
  • As booksellers, we are supposed to greet every single customer EVERY time we see them. We are also supposed to push particular books to them, regardless whether we think it’s a good book or not. I’m sorry, but as a customer, I would want to be left alone in a bookstore and not have things pushed on me or have my thoughts interrupted needlessly while browsing.
  • Two weeks paid vacation. Period. I want summers and all holidays off like the career I’m certified in.
  • I only make $9 an hour. This means I make less than $19,000 a year, before tax and medical. People complain that a teacher’s salary is horrendous but a starting teacher in my county makes $38,000 a year. That’s double my current salary and way more vacation days.
  • Customers can be downright mean but they’re always “right”. People think they are tremendously entitled and that everything should be served to them on a silver platter immediately.

I also have some frustrations with my particular store but that doesn’t pertain to retail as a whole. I know I’ll have frustrations in any job and that I have just have to work through them. I just wish I could get some of the perks I’m certified for. The scheduling and vacation time are my biggest frustrations right now. Mostly because I want to see my boyfriend and friends more often as well as take multiple trips. I’m a traveler at heart and I’m getting restless.

Today’s silver lining: Even though I complain a lot, I’m still thankful that I have a full-time job right now since schools still don’t have any openings. Plus I do love my 33% employee discount…  😉