Dropping in on the Principal?

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  1. bdteach

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    I'm looking to secure a position closer to home because my hour long commute each way is starting be rough on my son (I'm a single mom). I've had zero luck so far, but one school 15 minutes away who hadn't called me for four open positions two weeks ago had told me to apply again when something else became available. Well, today something else became available. I immediately sent my materials in via EdJoin and emailed the principal and human resources to reiterate my interest and explain that I've now been offered a contract by my current school so I'm hoping to meet with them ASAP.

    The question is--would it be inappropriate to drop in on them tomorrow? If so, do I dress like I'm interviewing?

    I really want this position and know if I could just get an interview I'd make a good impression. It's a small, rural school but close to a bigger town/district where things are tough for teachers, so I know the competition is probably strong. I'm a second year teacher, but have coaching experience, plus Spanish, all things they said they were looking for in the first round of open positions---yet I didn't get called in for an interview.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. vsimpkins

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    Where in CA are you from? near LA? near San Fernando Valley?
     
  4. 1st-yr-teacher

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    When I was looking for a job, I went to all kinds of schools and dropped off resumes and I always asked when would be a good time to meet with the principal. I was able to meet with a couple of principals...two looked through my portfolio and talked about my background. The second principal called me back for a formal interview and I was offered a job.

    Long story short....Go for it! IMO
     
  5. bdteach

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    I'm up in Northern California, but I used to live in Santa Clarita. My son was born at Henry Mayo!
    :)



     
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    Oh and I always dressed as if I was going to an interview.
     
  7. bdteach

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    Thanks! That's just what I wanted/needed to hear! :D

     
  8. Tasha

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    I agree, I would go ahead and stop by with a copy of resume and be dressed professionally in case you are able to meet with the principal.
     
  9. smalltowngal

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    I would drop by the school with your materials,dressed to impress.
     
  10. Beth561

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    :agreed::agreed:
    Couldn't have said it any better than Smalltowngal did!


    P.S. no interviews, nor offers but got a cool peace sign!!!
     
  11. vsimpkins

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    I live in Santa Clarita and live very close to Henry Mayo. Small world!
     
  12. INteacher

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    That is a very cool peace sign ;)

    Totally agree with all posters - dress to impress with resumes in hand. If you area is like mine, most principals are in their offices in the early morning. I think you would be most likely to find principals in their offices between 9:00 and 11:30.

    Good Luck and let us know how it went
     
  13. hescollin

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    Go for it. Good Luck.
     
  14. Audrey41

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    If you have a portfolio, you might want to consider leaving it with the principal for a couple of days. A principal once recommended this approach as it gives the him/her a chance to spend some time reviewing your portfolio when it is convenient. This might work for you if your portfolio highlights the qualifications they are looking for (coaching, Spanish, etc). Just a thought...

    Good luck!
     

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