Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dare to Ask for What You Want

That was the theme for today and oddly enough I saw it on a poster in the school office. I went to Richland School today and talked to the principal. She was very welcoming and seemed pleased that I had come in. She did inform me that she has 3 teachers retiring in December and 1, possibly 2 retiring at the end of this year. She also said that in the next 2-3 years she was fairly certain other teachers that have been working for 35 years or so were probably on their way out and that she'd be doind even more hiring! So, I was thankful to hear that even if it doesn't happen this year, the possibility is even greater that it could be in tne near future.

She said she was impressed with my resume and wrote down when I'd be graduating. She asked if I knew where I'd be doing my student teaching. Unfortunately, I live in a different county and have been told they always keep you in the county you live in. I did inform her that I was hoping to substitute some before January in her school. She said that would be great and as how she's not the type of pricipal to sit in her office, she'd get to see how I am in the classroom.

After talking some, I was able to tell her who my family is and she goes to church with my grandmother and she went on and on about her. My grandmother was a teacher as well as one of my aunt's. She noted that teaching was probably in my blood. :)

All in all, I was VERY pleased by the exchange and I'm just keeping my fingers crossed and praying that I do great this year in school and that at the end of it all, I will be asked to teach there.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Nervous Wreck

My dad called me last night and had run into a teacher at Richland who informed him that she would be the new assistant principal there starting next year. Dad began telling her how I will be graduating in May and would love to work there and how we'd recently heard about the various openings they will have about that time. She said that many people are hoping for those jobs and told Dad to pass it along to me that she suggests going Now to talk to the principal and let her know my school situation and that basically I'd like my name in the hat. AAGGHH!

I'm very thankful for the advice but I'm extremely stressed about doing this. I don't know this principal and to be honest am just not sure how to initiate this conversation. I am hoping to get by their tomorrow for this lil impromptu introduction. I know that I need to try and sub some over there this semester (since I won't be able too when I start student teaching in Jan) but between classes, homework, kids, family, working out, and trying to finish up those things I need to do before graduation...I am clueless how it's all going to work itself out.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Job Opportunity

The school I went to growing up was a K-12 rural school that was less than 10 minutes from my home. It was predominantly white, middle-class students and teachers and we all felt like a big family in my opinion. Unlike the school in town, so I've heard, ours was usually quiet and respectful. There weren't many fights or many disturbances.

More often than not, the teachers knew our families before they even had us in class...some even went to high school with our folks. It was fairly small school. I graduated with just a little over 100 kids in my class.

About 5 years ago, the school had to add on and they built an elementary school right down the road. It now holds K-4 and the old high school is now 5-12. I haven't been in the high school to see how much it's changed now that it has more room basically. I have observed and subbed in the new addition which is really nice.

I say all this to say, that if I had my wish, I would work in this school. I know the people, the community, and I believe it's where I belong.

I found out today that one of my favorite teachers, our music teacher, told me that she knew of 4 teachers that would be retiring after this year, right when I will be applying for jobs!! She even said she'd put in a good word for me :0)

This is one thing that I will certainly be praying for. This year they got a new principal and I don't know her like I did the previous. I am hoping she's going to be just the kind of principal I want to work for. Any and all prayers on my behalf are always welcome! lol

Thursday, July 2, 2009


I finally finished my last summer class. I have until the end of August off before the Fall semester starts back. Whoot! I aced both classes and just have four more before student teaching. I'm so grateful that it's almost over, though it's a bit intimidating to realize how close I am to having a class of my own. Praying that this is my true calling and that I'll be a successful teacher and mentor.