Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Another Day... Another Interview

So that really is how the story of my life goes right now.  But at least there are still more openings being posted and I am able to have interviews.  I've lost track of how many I have had now (and especially how many applications I've filled out and resumes I've printed off) but the number is constantly growing.  And then I'm left wondering!

Walking in to my interview today, I was not even nervous!  I like to think it is from all the past interviews that I kind of know what to expect and it just doesn't really phase me so much anymore.  But I also think part of the reason is because the interview was at the junior high I went to.  How crazy would that be to teach at the place I went to school?!  I figure it won't matter so much though because I don't really know any of the students there and some of the faculty has rotated schools/ retired.  I had never met the principal before but to my advantage, she knew my parents because they were on the community council when my younger sister was a student there with her as the principal.  I also think my lack of nerves might be because of my high level of lethargy.  I've had a terrible headache and had so much pain reliever medicine in my headache that maybe it did something to ease the pain in my nerves too... ha,ha! j/k!

Anyway... now on to the great news.  The principal, vice principle and current FACS teacher all sat in on the interview and each fired off questions.  What is your discipline procedure?  {flip to my sample disclosure document and explain}  How do you communicate with parents?  {flip to my public relations project and show that I want to do similar things in the future}  What classes did you teach while student teaching?  {flip to sample lesson plans and let them look at all my pictures and color ink--pretty, I know}  How would you handle teaching a sewing lab?  {flip to my step by step instructions for how to sew pajama pants and explain my demonstration process}  What would you do if a kid wasn't working/ purposefully goofing off/ being dangerous to the equipment?  {flip back to my disclosure and talk about participation tickets}  How will you reward students?  {flip to public relations project and talk about my star notes}  What was your favorite lesson you taught?  {flip to my holiday lesson plan}  ETC!

See... all the interviews in the past are paying off because I have my teaching portfolio (1 inch binder) memorized.  I know what is in it and where it is to flip too.  I don't even have to look at the table of contents!  Just flip, flip, flip.

Ok so here is the best news!  Are you ready for this?!  No... I don't have a job, I didn't sign a contract or anything like that on the spot--not that good... but... in a way, almost.  So here is the 411.  The job has not even been posted yet.  I never applied for it.  Instead, the principal contacted me yesterday night.  It will be posted in probably a week or so and then it has to stay being posted for however long is required for this district.  The principal was explaining this to me and I'm thinking ok... why are you telling me all of this?  (I should have asked if I need to apply for it once it is posted just to make it official but didn't think of that.  I wasn't really connecting anything at that moment.  I guess I will be calling them sometime later to ask.)  Then *squeal* the principal tells me something along the lines of so I can't hire you until it has been posted for the required time.  "The earliest I can contact you would be sometime next week (honestly it may be the week after that but...) but I honestly hope that you won't accept a contract with anyone else in this coming week!"

Oh my gosh!  Wait a minute... did I hear you right?!?!?!  :D  I was so completely shocked!!!!  :O  I don't even know what I said or did at this point but hopefully I responded positively.  No idea--crossing my fingers I was able to do something better than just let my jaw drop but to tell the truth, I wouldn't be surprised if it did gape open.

Moral of this story:  I'm not counting my chickens before they hatch.  I'm still applying for EVERY job that is available/ posted until I actually sign a contract.  And I am still praying!!!  But life is looking up at the moment! :)
P.S. As amazing as everything went, there still is a chance that instead of the school being allowed to hire who they want, they might be inheriting a district surplus teacher from another school.  What does this mean?  PRAY!  Everyone!!!!!!!  PLEASE PRAY for me and pray for the other teacher that he/she won't be surplussed!


Kyley said...

Dearest Lisa! Congrats! Even though it's certainly not official yet, it is still very exciting news. Is that teaching portfolio something you learned in methods? I think it's a fabulous idea!

Linnea said...

That is so great!!! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Lisa said...

Thanks ladies! :)

Kyley--the teaching portfolio is something you have to put together while you are student teaching; its required. I don't remember learning anything about it during methods. They just kind of tell you about it when you start student teaching. You can put as much or as little (as long as you have everything on their required list) in it and you can make it as fancy/ plain as you want. It really is a wide open project thing. (And don't worry, basically, it is just collecting stuff--not really that big of a project.)

Mine is a 1 inch binder and has tons of extra things in it. Those extra things are what have helped me at interviews though because I actually have something to talk about!

Brown-Eyed Girl said...

That is awesome! What a great thing to be said about yourself! Definitely a very high compliment!