Sunday, December 11, 2011

What a whirlwind!

So many people have asked me just how I got this wonderful, amazing, exciting teaching job. Well, here is the story.

Several months ago, my mentor teacher from student teaching texted me asking me if I would be interested in a long term sub position. Since I did not have any other job offers, I thought the long term sub position would be a great way to get my feet wet and network a little bit. A few weeks later, I brought my mentor teacher her favorite coffee and chit-chatted for awhile. We talked about her new baby girl and my first semester in grad school. Then, she started telling me the story behind the long term sub position. At the exact moment we started talking about the position, the principal walked into the room. He delighted us with the new that he was not only going to post one job, but two! I was SHOCKED. My mentor teacher introduced me to the principal and reminded him that he already had my resume. I could hardly speak because I was literally frozen.

A few days later, the application showed up on the Bryan ISD website. 26 pages later....I had officially applied to my first teaching job. I said a quick prayer and knew that the rest was out of my hands. The next week, I received a phone call to set up an interview. I scheduled the interview for the next day in an attempt to not have enough time to get nervous. I was running around town like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get copies of my resume together, cleaning out my student teaching binder, and trying to find something to wear. I ended up going to Chico's and to my surprise, the lady working that night used to work at the same school that my principal used to work at. She dressed me from head to toe in a skirt suit set and was sweet enough to go through some practice interview questions with me. Here is a picture of what I looked like right before I left the house for the interview:

The next day, I showed up to the interview a few minutes early. The interview lasted about 30 minutes and before I knew it, I was walking out the door back to my car. Now, all I could was wait. Great. Patience is not my strong suit.

My interview was on a Tuesday so the next day, Wednesday, I was offered the job. I somehow kept my emotions under control during the phone call but once I hung up I was crying so hard that I could barely speak! Collin was at home and he was the first to get the good news. Next, I called my mom and then my dad. My poor dad that I was crying because I didn't get the job-in fact, he was beginning to say he was sorry when I could finally choke out that I actually did get the job and I was crying because I was so happy!

So, there you go. That is the story about how I got my very first teaching job. It's been crazy and my living room looks like a classroom exploded in it but I am so excited. Get ready for before and after classroom pictures!

1 comment:

  1. You look so professional!!! I LOVE it!!! Keep 'em coming!!!