Monday, May 23, 2011

Meant to Teach

Today is the day.  The phone call would either come offering me a full time teaching job or I would get a phone call saying sorry hope you can get hired somewhere else.  I have been filled with nervousness and excitement and just wanting to know what would happen with my life!

Our morning prayer once again was praying for a job where I will be happy and that we might be able to make the right decision (in case I am offered both) or that we will know what to do next (in case I am offered neither).  After that, life kind of went on and I didn't really have time to think about it.  I had to put waiting for a call behind me because I am still subbing.  I can't just stop class to answer my phone.  So, the call would come and then I would have to wait until at least lunch to learn what the future would hold.  There wasn't much I could do so I just put it behind me and started trying to calm down my class.  Two weeks of school left and a sub equals loud, rowdy students who need constant shhhhing (which I don't do.  I just stand and wait for them to be quiet and their peers shhhh them.).

I'm in the middle of second period.  I feel my pocket vibrate once (it might be a text) and then twice (its a call).  I just ignore it.  Then after the "ringing" vibrates stop, I wait for a voice mail vibration.  I feel it.  AWWWWHHHH!!!  Our fate is now on my voice mail--I think.  There isn't anything I can do though so I don't even check to see who the call is from.

I was talking with the adult teacher aide in that class.  (She is a lifesaver!)  She was asking me if I had heard anything yet.  I told her about the other job that said no and mentioned to her that I know I have a new voice mail.  Bless her heart.  She asked me if I needed to go to the bathroom and told me that she would watch the kiddos while I went.

I leave the room and call my voice mail.  I reminded myself to keep breathing.  Soon I hear the voice of the principal at the junior high.  She says she would like to talk to me when I can call her back (she knows I'm subbing right now and would have to leave a message) and that she has good news for me.  At least she thinks it is good news and she excited for me to call her back so she can talk to me.

Oh my gosh... keep breathing...

I go back into class--grinning!  I tell the TA what the message said.  It is such good news.  I'm SO excited!!! :D  But... I don't know for 100% certain at this point.

Fast forward.  (I didn't do anything else about it at that point.)  It is now lunch time.

Before I call back that principal to talk to her about the good news, I call the high school where I interviewed and explain to them that I have another job offer (I think) and was wondering if they were going to offer me a job or not.  I wanted to know if I had a choice in the matter or if I should just be grateful for the one and a run with it.  The high school basically told me if I have another offer to take it because they were not going to be offering me a job.  Ok.  Good to know!

I (finally) call back the principal who left a message.  I don't know what to say or think or what is a polite/ refined way to respond.  No one ever actually taught me how to accept a job without grinning and practically squealing into the phone.  She immediately asks me if I would like to work at her school.  "YES!  I would LOVE to!!" :D  (So, I think I gave up on the being dignified thing--I was just so excited, I didn't know how else to respond.)  She is now writing up the official hiring letter.  It will come in the next couple of days.  After that, I have to go into the district office and fill out lots of paperwork (uh... I'm a little nervous for this too!  I hope that Casey can get off work and go in with me because I don't know what benefits to pick/ what number to list on the tax form/ etc) and then...

I will OFFICIALLY be a full-time teacher!!!!! :D :D :D
I will be teaching FACS at the Junior High I went to... how crazy is that to go back to my same school?!
THANK YOU so much for all of your love, support and prayers through this many months of waiting, praying and wondering.  I REALLY appreciate it and I do know that prayers really are answered.  Sometimes, not how we want but they are answered.  I'm trusting that this junior high is where I am meant to be and Heavenly Father really does know what He is doing.

So... here are my totals...
School Tours--3
Teaching a Lesson--1
Applications--16 (I think??)
Resumes--who knows, A LOT!  (I passed a lot out at the teacher fair)
Job Offers--1 :)
P.S.  This means we can start planning our lives!  And looking at other apartments.  I now know that moving is happening sometime this summer for us.


Kyley Brooks said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on finally getting a teaching job! You are going to make an excellent teacher! I can't wait to hear about all of your fun lesson plans and activities!

Erin Despain said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Oh my goodness! I'm so happpy for you. You're going to be an amazing teacher! :)

This blog post seriously made my day. We're trying to figure out what our plans are for after graduation. It's so stressful! I'm glad that everything worked out for you.

Do you have any idea when/where you guys will be moving?

Lisa said...

Thank You both so much!!!! :)

Kyley--this probably sounds crazy but I'm so excited to plan things! :D

Erin--I sent you a FB message.

Anonymous said...

Yeah! Congratulations!.

Don't know everything you'll want to take, but you will need your social security card, and will probably want to take Casey's social security number with you for any benefits you may be offered. Most likely they will let you talk things over with Casey before making an official decision on the benefit plan.

You'll also want to talk with Casey about how many exemptions you want to claim on your taxes...If you have never owed federal taxes you can claim "exempt", but you'll eventually have to change that. The default is you plus the number of dependents (in your case 2) Often if you have educational credits or lots of deductions you'll get a refund. However, if you chose a number that is "too low" you'll wind up sending the IRS money afterward.

You'll also need to be able to produce at least 2 forms of if you have a birth cirtificate you'll want to locate that. And passports are great (I don't have one, but they are an option). Can't remember what else counts, Driver's license and school ID's may work, I just can't remember...

Yeah, so exciting!!!

Robyn Hathway

Lisa said...

Man Robyn... if I have any more questions... I know who to ask!! THANKS!! :)

Lisa said...

And Maryann... to answer your question: yes. But I'm not posting your comment because that is tmi for whole www to know! ;)

Bossy said...

How exciting! Congrats!

If you are willing to tell us the school district you will be working in I am curious. But I understand if not.

The only thing I see missing in your countdown is how many months you spent looking.


Lisa said...

Awh... the countdown. Well, I graduated in December and have been applying for jobs ever since. So 5 1/2 months--I guess not too bad!

As for the district, I was blessed to be hired into a district that is more stable at the moment and doing well! Huge blessing because some of the districts surrounding mine are REALLY struggling. I know that isn't exactly what you were wanting to know but considering people all over the world read this--that is about as much as I'm going to share about specifics. :)