Sunday, November 23, 2008

Finally... the interview

So I left everyone hanging. My parents and Tim are really the only ones who know everything. Well, my grandma too now. But everyone else has waited patiently. Or maybe I just don't have readers. Or maybe my readers don't care.

Wow, that's a depressing thought.

Anywho, had my interview with one of the schools on Friday. I had class before my interview so I went early to talk to my advisor from initial student teaching. I wanted to tell him, and I figured he might help me calm my nerves. So I went to his office, he happened to be in, and actually did make me feel a little better. He made me laugh, which helped out. Then I went to class, told Lauren,my girlfriend, and she got all excited for me. And told me something funny.

She found out where my interview was and said, "Oh, is it a combo class?" I told her I didn't know and she tells me that her ex just left that school and the interview might be for that class. I thought that was a weird coincidence and contemplated throwing off the interviewers by saying that I knew the teacher who left (I totally wouldn't do this, it was just an amusing thought).

Went to my interview (this is a school I used to work at BTW, don't know if I mentioned that before). Waited a bit, then the principal came out to get me. And I walk into a room with three more people already sitting down. Yes, I was interviewed by four people. And totally wasn't ready for that. Intimidating much? I got through the interview though. I think I did alright, but I'm not sure I want to go back to that school. I'm not sure my personality would mesh with the principal's. I don't want to get into it much, just that I think we might butt heads a little.

Turns out it was the class Lauren's ex just left though. Which made me laugh. But that means it's a combo class. For those of you who don't know what that means, there are two grades in one classroom. So I would have a mix of fifth and sixth graders. There are veteran teachers who dread combo classes, and they want to give a brand new teacher a combo class? Eek!

Well, as soon as I got out of the interview I texted Lauren and Tim. They told me I probably did great (I have the best husband and BFF ever!) and I told them I'd talk to them later. I got home and as I'm walking in the door with an armful of stuff, my phone rings. I took it out of my pocket and didn't recognize the number. But with all the job stuff going on I answered anyway. It was the principal from the other school I'm interviewing at!

So this guy is totally funny. I actually enjoyed talking to him. He joked around and told me everything about the job (it's another combo class) and even told me I made his Thanksgiving break by saying I'd be happy to interview. So that interview is Tuesday, December 2. But having gone through one, I'm not as nervous now. Plus the principal was super nice on the phone and I just have a better feeling about this one.

So that was my Friday. We went to dinner that night to have a mini-celebration. And now I'm just soaking it all in. I texted my master teacher and she's super excited for me. I'll tell everyone on Thanksgiving (unless I have family besides Micah who reads my blog). Now I need to think about how the heck I'll teach a combo class if I get one of these jobs...


Mal said...

You missed an option -- that you gave away the fact that it went well by saying you were going out for some fun. :) So it wasn't as hard to be patient, even for me.

For the record I think you likely did good too. And I also think the two principals are going to end up coming to blows over which one gets to have you teach for them. *grin*

Anonymous said...

You rock! I knew about it! Can't wait to hear the ending!!! : ) B