Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What I'll Be Doing This Fall

I don't really know why I haven't already posted this--so here goes: I have a teaching job for next year!

A couple of weeks ago, the head of the English department at the high school called me. I had been hoping to hear from her, since I had emailed her about the open position before school was out. A couple of weeks had passed, and I was getting antsy because I hadn't heard anything. I kept thinking, "I bet they're interviewing. I can't believe they didn't even give me an interview, after repeatedly telling me I am on their list!"

It turns out that that wasn't the case. In fact, they hadn't even interviewed anyone yet. The department head asked me a couple of interview-type questions, and then told me they didn't need to do an interview in person, because they had interviewed me for the long-term sub position, and she was putting my name in for the job. At this point I was wondering if that meant "putting my name in the hat with the other 100 candidates" (I'm not kidding; there are a lot of teachers looking for work) or "putting me in as their final selection." It turns out she meant the latter. The next week I filled out the paperwork, turned everything I could yesterday, and the board was supposed to approve the new hires last night. So far, so good!

I will be teaching 11th grade--American literature. I am excited about it. And thankful that the year of subbing worked out exactly as I hoped it would: I was able to get my foot in the door and prove myself so that the school would want to hire me full-time.

This job won't make us rich. But I know it's a step in a good direction--and I know I am meant to teach. With all the challenges teaching involves, I have learned that I'm a good teacher and I actually like teenagers (most of the time!) I'm ready to get in there and be part of the solution.



  1. Yeah!! So proud of you, and so very excited for you! You have worked so hard for this!

  2. That's WONDERFUL news! I hope you love it!

  3. That is incredibly exciting!!!

    I have a job interview tomorrow, at my same school, for a grade one permanent job (as opposed to a maternity leave, which is also what I will be guaranteed already if I don't get the permanent position).

    I'm up against some amazing people (it's all other teachers who are donig mat leaves right now in the same school), but hopefully my interview will go okay! We shall see tomorrow!

    I'm so happy for you! :-D

  4. Congratulations Alison, and Thankyou God!