I hate to get my hopes high, but man, my preliminary interview went well. It was at a small charter school, a school that I've had contact in the past but nothing ever opened up. I got a call back last week after again making contact with them at a job fair. I showed up to the school, and as I took a seat, I could see an interview taking place. Around the table, were a large group of about 6 students along with staff. I tensed up a bit, because it's already nerve racking being with 1-2, let alone with 6 students. I LOVE having students interview though because they show their emotions and I get a pretty good read off of them as I am going thru the process. For the 45 or so minutes, they ran the show, minus 2 questions from the principal, and I felt an obvious connection with the students. Made the group laugh in a few occasions, and the main student rep kept shaking her head in approval as she fired questions left and right. At the end, 2 students eagerly took me around campus and we chatted a bit before heading back to the office. I spoke to the P who thanked me again for coming out to the school, and told me he was glad to make connections with someone of a like minded philosophy (referring to my mentor and his work). They have since set up a demo and will be able to talk to the VP & P in private following the demo. In many ways, this would be an ideal position. I would be teaching the subject I want, working with students from the same background (and inherent cultural connection) as myself, and working with folks trying to make a change in one of the roughest cities and neighborhoods in the bay area. I've been to many schools before, but never felt at ease as I did during my visit to this school. I try not to get too worked up about interviews, but I feel like I am definitely in the hunt. Now, just working on a demo and after being stuck, got a few ideas that would be culturally relevant and interesting to students.