Care to join my Rum, Tums, and Depression Club???

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  1. smalltowngal

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    Thanks, Tami!!
     
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    *duh* (smacking self on head) What I meant to ask is, what day is your interview? So I can pray.
     
  3. smalltowngal

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    It's tomorrow! Thanks!

    I hope that you are feeling better!
     
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    Thanks, not feeling that much better, but have to get back to work... I found your reading specialist thread and I posted there. I'm getting off the computer but I will make sure to check in to see what happened. :)
     
  5. lilmisses1014

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    Good luck, stg!!! Can't wait to hear how it went!!
     
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    stg, I hope all goes well for you
     
  7. smalltowngal

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    Thanks, DHE. I gave a summary in my Reading Specialist thread.
     
  8. Beth561

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    Everything is crossed for you STG!
     
  9. smalltowngal

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    Thanks, Beth! How are things with you?
     
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    STG~ How did it go? I've got some rum ready to toast.
     
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    It went really well! I remembered to use my portfolio, and used examples of things I had done in my classroom and when I LTS as a reading specialist. I told them about using technology to help students with spelling/high frequency/sight words by putting them on a power point and displaying them on the TV. The words looped on the TV and the students read them outloud. Come to find out, the principal did her research on the benefits of that, and found that rooms that did that were more successful than those that didn't. SCORE! I think they had 2 more interviews after me yesterday. She said they would make a decision by next week. There were 8! people in the interview!!!!! :eek: But I think I did fine. I left my portfolio for them to look over. I was thinking about dropping off written thank yous when I picked it up, but am wondering if I should wait until next week to pick it up or do it today? (I do have DH here to watch DD.)
     
  12. Beth561

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    OMG-it just happened again-everytime I try to post something-my message deletes itself-Grrrrrrrrrrrr-that's why you haven't heard from me....
    Anyway, I want to make sure this posts before I go into my tirade!!!!
     
  13. Beth561

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    OK, it worked but I have to go. I'll finish later. BTW-I've got a big smile on my face because I know that there is a very fortunate school in Texas that will soon know what we knew all along---YOU'RE THE BEST!!!!!!
     
  14. smalltowngal

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    Thanks, Beth!!:)
     
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    stg, if I were you, I would leave the portfolio with the school until the beginning of next week.
     
  16. smalltowngal

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    Okay, thanks! That's what I was thinking since they were going to be making a decision then. That way, they can see my mug once more before making it. ;)
     
  17. emmakate218

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    Exactly! :lol:
     
  18. lilmisses1014

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    I'm glad to read that some of us have had luck getting interviews!!! So far, nothing has been posted here for elementary. All sorts of postings for special ed., a few high school posts (chemistry, English). Anyone looking to relocate to Virginia, let me know!! I'm actually looking at relocating to another state... even though that might not work as it seems there are hiring freezes and budget cuts everywhere. Oh, and there is also that whole issue of money: it costs money to go for yet ANOTHER license.

    So the $100 million I thought our idiot governor was pushing to cut from the education budget is now actually at $340 million. A neighboring school district is expecting to cut at least a $5 million from next school year's budget. I'm feeling awfully optimistic here!!! See ==> :D

    Oh, I'm definitely not going to give up completely! After all the money we spent on my tests and licensing fees, not to mention Sallie Mae throwing a bill in my face every month, I think DH would kill me! :p His first student loan bill will come in November 2010-- we HAVE to be prepared for it because it will be :dizzy: and make me cry.
     
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    Oh, I forgot to mention that I received a phone call today to sub at a school. The job was for today... and I was called at 4:10PM.

    There was another thread that mentioned looking at school board minutes to learn of any job openings. I do this regularly and saw on the school board's page that they had a link to the appointments and resignations. After reading over it, I felt like someone punched me in the stomach. My dream school had TWO openings that were filled-- only one I knew about. I was so hoping for the fifth grade one but because of my reference taking for-freaking-ever to get the form completed I missed out. I didn't know about the third grade opening they filled, though, as it was never posted on the website. I do some searching on the school's webpage and saw that the third grade teacher they hired was replacing the teacher they hired earlier this school year... The same teacher who was hired before school started but waited two weeks to accept the position!! I was supposed to interview for that position, but she accepted before I could schedule the interview. I sent an email asking what had happened-- and the AP did call me to explain what happened-- but now I'm crying and wondering if my email came across as too bitchy and they scratched me of their list of potential candidates. (The AP called me before she received the email and talked about how impressed they were with me and that they want to continue to keep me in mind for future openings.)
     
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    That sounds like it stings. :(
     
  21. smalltowngal

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    Ugh, that sucks, lilmiss!!!
    You could always relocated to Texas!!!! All you'd have to do is take a test. :D
     
  22. MATgrad

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    lilmisses that just completely blows! I don't get why they would be so interested in someone that took two weeks to get back to them. That's R-U-D-E.

    Let's keep our heads up. It's mid-year opening time. Money would be good.
     
  23. lilmisses1014

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    Thanks for sympathizing with me!! :)

    You know, I was offered a sixth grade teaching position in Houston back in '06. The district came to a job fair when I was student teaching (and it was required that I attend) and since no one was in line at their table I decided to talk to them. I had no intention on going to work for their school, but figured the interview practice would be good.

    It's funny looking back, because I had no intention on relocating. The job fair was held shortly after DH was accepted to law school, so we were "bound" to OH for the next four years. My, how things change. Anyway, I wouldn't mind living in Texas (I was born there! :D), but it seems like jobs are growing increasingly hard to find there, too.

    Money would be very good. :)
     
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  24. emmakate218

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    Texas is calling you to come back home. :)
     
  25. smalltowngal

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    lilmiss-yeah, jobs are hard to come by everywhere, but TX still has some available. AND, I have a few law connections for your DH. ;)
     
  26. MATgrad

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    Another day passes and another day with no new postings and more bad budget news. I'm getting ready to have a yard sale in a couple of weeks. Isn't anyone going to retire/quit/move?
     
  27. Beth561

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    Hey MAT,
    I don't know what to do.
    Beth
     
  28. smalltowngal

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    :whistle:


    That's me being bored!
     
  29. MATgrad

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    I'm under a heated blanket because I'm not allowed to use the heater. I'm watching movies on the computer but I'm B-O-R-E-D. I could be doing something productive like teaching but that would require a school to actually GASP return my calls.
     
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    I so sorry to hear that everyone is having such a tough time finding a position...then again, it makes me feel better knowing it's just not me in that boat! ;)

    I'm taking yet another certification test the end of February but I'm beginning to wonder how much good it will do....:unsure: I figure it can't hurt to have too many certifications under my belt.

    Here's hoping 2009 proves to be a fantastic year for us all and that we eventually find the perfect teaching jobs! :thumb:
     
  31. smalltowngal

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    MAT-I know how you feel! It would be nice to be in front of my own class instead of sitting here playing on the computer. And I've been waiting for 2 weeks for an answer to an interview I had right before break. I should hear this week about the interview I had last Thursday. Keeping everything crossed! There was a 4th grade position posted in a different district. I've emailed the principal but haven't heard anything yet. Keep the faith girls!!! I know it's hard. :hugs: to us all!
     
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    Ok, I'm jumping in here now.

    I'm not looking to stay in education, so I won't bore you with the details of my depressing search. But let's just say it's as bad in other areas, too. I am a very skilled, very qualified person. And yet everything I find requires 2-3 years in the field. What are career changers suppose to do? We don't even qualify for an internship like college students do! I can't even muster up any connections, as all my connections are in schools!

    Sigh.
     
  33. emmakate218

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    We're imprisioned by our education degrees and certifications...that simple. :mellow:
     
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    And it sucks! I'm hoping to stay in education; however, if nothing comes up soon, I'm going to have to look elsewhere.
     
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    I have to admit I am pretty down today. I have been down for the last week or so, but today for some reason is especially bad. I have been looking for jobs outside of education as well, because I think perhaps my lack of experience is keeping me back, but I need a full time job to pay my bills. I can't seem to find anything. I am trying to be positive but today... it escapes me. :(
     
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    I am so mad. I interviewed for a position in my district back in October. From everything I had heard, no one had been hired and I assumed they were going to leave the teacher they had in the classroom and not hire anyone. (It was a question of the teacher they had being qualified to teach English.) Anyway, I am taking an online class and as I was reading through introductions tonight, I read one from a woman who says she was just hired to teach Freshmen at the high school in my county. In other words, she got the job I applied for. She is in the same program that I am, so it wasn't a question of being more qualified than me. What bugs me the most is that she isn't even from my county and there were at least 2 of us that applied that were. Most districts around here hire their own, but not mine. When it comes to getting a teaching job here, I feel like I have no chance at all.

    Thanks for reading my vent. I always feel a little better when I post here because I know that everyone here knows how I feel.
     
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    That sucks, bet3. It probably isn't personal, but it always feels like it.

    I did get a response to one of my applications today. I'm going to write back tonight. It's for an event planner/organizer for a philanthropic organization. My husband took a look and said it's solid. I'm trying not to get too excited, but it was nice to get a response back!
     
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    That sounds like a fun job. Good luck!
     
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    I'm sorry, bet. That sucks!

    Jem-great news about the response. At least someone took the time to write you back.
     
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    Oh, that sucks big time, bet!!! :(

    I hate how when I was searching for jobs outside of my field (before I moved), no one wanted to hire me because I had no experience and/or was over-qualified. I'm worried that if/when I start searching for non-teaching jobs this summer (only if I'm not hired to teach by August), that I'll encounter the same roadblocks. I can't really leave my M.A.T. off of my resume because that's a year and a half of a work history that I cannot account for. However, prospective employers will see that I have an MAT and assume (correctly) that I'm not long-term.

    Exactly. :(

    One district (my dream one) played a cruel joke on me today. They had, in their online listing, a posting for a Grade 1 Teacher. I click for more information so I can apply for it (you can apply online, but you still have to send the school your resume and cover letter) and I see that it's only a test post. GAHHHHH!!!!! :mad: Maybe this is a good sign, though, as they hadn't had any elementary postings (for regular classroom teachers) since mid-December. Maybe they had a problem posting regular elementary teaching jobs online? Probably not, but one can hope! If anyone in VA (who has their VA license now) is looking for a job in special ed, chemistry, biology, social studies, english, math, art... PM me. I'm amazed by the job offerings this district has right now, but none of them are for elementary. Boo hiss.
     

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