Bad VPK Lead Teacher Interview (UPDATE!) Hi, everyone. I've been a lurker for a long time, but something today finally happened to push me to become a member because I need some advice and maybe you can share some interview stories. I live in Florida. I've had a few stints in childcare since I was fifteen years old (I'm 20 now). Most of them were short-lived because they were summer jobs or I had to concentrate on college. They were always assistant teacher positions as well. However, I do have my DCF hours, I have my staff credential (which is equivalent to a CDA), and I was just awarded a director's credential with a VPK endorsement. On top of that, I have an associate's degree in Early Childhood Management and I am currently getting a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I applied to two VPK lead teacher positions last week and heard back very quickly from them on Friday. Both wanted to schedule an appointment on Monday (today). I was a bit nervous because I felt it was too soon, but I decided to give it a shot. The first interview actually went pretty well (at least I thought so). I was interviewed by three people and I had a really good time. I'm not sure if I will get the job or not, but I had a good interview experience. The second interview, however, was just a disaster. When I came in for my interview, the director was rude to me right off the bat. She was actually rude to me on the phone when she called to schedule an interview with me. I just thought she was having a bad day, so I pushed it aside. However, I have a feeling that wasn't the case. We talked about my background. She had my resume since last week and she had told me multiple times that she had read it. I clearly stated on my resume that I only worked as an assistant teacher for all of my jobs in childcare. Then she proceeds to tell me that she is looking for someone who has experience as a lead teacher. I told her that I have never been a lead teacher before, but I would love the chance to become one. Then she proceeds to list all of the responsibilities of a lead VPK teacher and then tells me that she has a feeling that I don't understand the severity of being a lead teacher. She also said that though my degrees and credentials are nice, she said that she doesn't believe I can handle a classroom or the responsibilities of being a lead teacher because of my lack of experience as one. However, you see in my area, nearly all of the chain preschools hire from within. So they rarely ever post lead teacher positions and when they do, they prefer someone who is 21 or older for those positions (especially 3 and 4 year olds).The privately owned preschools are the same way. Plus, I don't know too many twenty-year-olds who are lead teachers (but I'm not saying that they aren't). I've always assumed it's a liability thing. So after she tells me that I wouldn't be a good VPK teacher. She asks me about my lesson plans. I brought a few and showed her. She was impressed with them. However then she proceeded to tell me that she didn't like my assessments for the lesson and she preferred checklists and forms. My assessment was asking questions throughout and after the lesson to gauge the child's understanding. I've never been to an interview where someone wanted a sample assessment such as a checklist or forms for each lesson for each child. Then she proceeded to ask me about modifications. She wanted me to talk how I would modify for each Multiple Intelligence for each lesson plan I brought. So I had to come up with seven modifications for each lesson (I brought five). She didn't just want a simple idea. She wanted me to tell her how I would go about each modification in detail. Here's the problem and maybe this is my personal fault. I am not good with thinking about lesson plans and modifications on the fly. I am the kind of person who has to think and figure things out, which takes me at least an hour or more. Needless to say, she rolled her eyes at everything I said and all of my modifications that I could come up with because honestly, I couldn't come up with thirty-five modifications in a few minutes time. I admitted that I could only come up with two or three for each lesson in that exact moment. She wasn't pleased. That is in impossible (at least for me). However, should I have put modifications on my lesson plans? For your interviews, did you bring in your own assessments and talk about a lot of modifications (if you brought lesson plans)? Was I setting myself up for failure by making these mistakes? Thank you for your time.