I finally got a permanent teaching position! (yay!) but more on that in a moment. Let me first tell about the interview process and how I am sometimes the dumbest person I know....
So one Thursday I awoke ( at around 11am because why not I have nothing better to do) and noticed I had a voicemail. Didn't check it, assumed it was from the same derp that had called me three times that morning with the wrong number insisting I was a trucking company.
Made my usual rounds (coffee, breakfast, feed kitty) then sat down in the living room for some hardcore Fable III time (time very well spent). Around 1pm, I received a call from an unknown number. It was my lovely new principal, calling to see if I was interested in an elementary art position in Bedford County. (Oh yes, of course!)So in all that excitement, she tells me the name of the school and begins giving me directions. But of course, tech savvy kid me decided "I don't need directions, I'm looking at your website right now! I'll Google it!". Then she asks if I can be there for an interview at 3:30 that day. Well yes, I can. Called out of taco work for an interview and prepared for my husband to get home so that we could go.
So this is about an hour drive from Murfreesboro to Nashville, the whole time going over interview questions, thinking about things I saw on their website, lots of stuff to make me look good etc. and finally, I arrived. I walk in all excited and eager, "Hello! I am Beth Moore, I have an interview at 3:30 for the open art position!".....lady at the desk...."No you don't. We don't have an open position."....le me "$#!^". Wrong school.
*Fun fact* Turns out there are two Eakin Elementaries. One in Nashville...and one in Shelbyville, Bedford County which makes way more sense because A) I applied for that county and B) it's not a thousand miles away.
Return to car where eager and excited husband is waiting. "I am a derp. Wrong School, mine is about an hour and a half from our current location and it is 15 minutes before my interview (yes I showed up 20 minutes early because that's what I do)".
Next action, call my principal, try to think of what excuse I could possibly give that makes me sound the least stupid (turns out the truth makes me sound least stupid) and luckily she understands, she says she's done it before as well. "Can I come in tomorrow?" Nope, closed on Fridays. Today was the last day for interviews before a decision must be made.
However, for some unknown reason, she decides to put off the decision so that I may interview on Monday. most thankful Beth ever.
Go in on Monday, interview is fine, I really like the school and the staff that I met, and hooray I got the confirmation call that evening!
So now, after what was my second interview that happened to be the most stressful ordeal ever, I am the new art teacher at Eakin Elementary in Shelbyville, TN!
I got my keys this past Tuesday, and went in to start organizing my room (armed with an art budget I spent 2 hours creating because I had no idea what supplies to expect. Turns out I have everything I would ever need, yay!). My husband and I spend 11+ hours in that room organizing, throwing away and digging out things to make the room functional. Completely worth it though, now I know where everything is, what I have and the room is set up just as I want it. When we get paid, we will buy some paint to re-do the room (not digging the pink and turquoise it currently is, although the sun and cloud mural is quite nice) then we will be done! I am so happy that this is my first art job because I already feel that it's perfect (at least the room is....that's really all I have to go on at the moment) and things can only get better.
Images to come, lesson plans & stuff, lots of excitement. I expect to be very active with my online accounts (the art page at the school is kind of poop at the moment, hopefully I can fix that) and this blog will definitely be utilized for myself, my fellow educators and my new students' parents. So if you happen to be a parent of one of my students, I hope you enjoyed reading how I can to get this job and keep up so you know exactly what we're doing this year! If you're my principal, hopefully you don't think I'm quite as scatterbrained as I am sure I initially appeared and for my future coworkers, perhaps this can give you some insight as to whom you will be sending your students for 40 minutes a week.
...and that concludes this ridiculously long but pertinent blog entry. I do love writing...never get the chance to since all of those lovely art history papers are a thing of the past ( a few of which I am truly proud of and do want to get published), but I have plenty of grants and proposals to which I can lend my literary skills.
so have a happy summer, eagerly awaiting the 2012-2013 school year!