finally interview!!!

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  1. katerina03

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    Hi everyone. I finally have an interview on Thursday after applying for the same job 3times!!! She said she loved my portfolio that I sent in (It was not my portfolio just a resume packet) i am so happy. This is my first interview EVER! Middle school language arts! I honestly can't believe they called. Even though I may not get the job, at least I got an interview finally!
     
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    Good Luck!!!
     
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    Good Luck!!!!!
    Be confident and let that school know what you can do for them.....
     
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    I certainly will :)
     
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    Good Luck!
     
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    I send prayers! :)
     
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    We are all rooting for you! It's your turn to shine. :) :)
    Is the school in Ohio or WV?
     
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    Go Get 'Em! Keep positive thoughts!!!
     
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    Great to hear, Kat!
     
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    Good luck!!!!!!! :):):)
     
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    It's for WV. Thanks everyone. Prayers are welcomed.
     
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    Congratulations! Good luck with the interview. Don't forget to share with us when you get the job!!! ;)
     
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    Of course I will keep you guys posted :)
     
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    Good luck on your interview. It is a start and who knows this might be waiting for you. Good luck ...
     
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    My fingers and toes are crossed for you.
     
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    Thank you. I am just very glad to get the experience of having an interview and getting my name "out there". I have never subbed for the district- and it's not even a good school. They just hired a new principal and I think there will continue to be chaos there for a while. But I would be happy to take on this headache just to have my OWN class. But I am being realistic, I may not get the job. I mean, what are the odds of getting a job at the first school you've ever interviewed at?
     
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    Don't even think that way. It will influence how you perform in the interview. You've got stay positive - reiterate what you will bring to the school, how you'll benefit the students, etc. Just do your best and good luck!
     
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    I am definately going to do that. I know I will be wonderful teacher, and I will make them believe the same. Thanks!
     
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    I can tell from your posts that you have a positive outlook and are cheerful. That goes a long way in an interview, especially in a situation like this where there is so much turmoil. It could be exciting going in with a new principal, thinks get shaken up and it wakes everyone up! Besides, maybe you are just the one to help make this school a much better place!!
    Good luck!!
     
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    Thank you so much, what a wonderful thing to say. I'm not trying to play the violin here or anything, but I have no friends (because we all changed and went in different ways) so I get a lot from this board. My sister is a teacher and we discuss things a lot, but she can give me only her view point so I get almost all of my info and feedback from you wonderful people.
     
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    I have nothing to add but ditto to what everything the others had to say! Wishing you luck all the way from Wisconsin! :)
     
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    Thank you. I only had one interview all summer so I'm gonna make it count ;)
     
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    Keep your chin up. the new principal saw something in your resume that he/she liked.
     
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    Prayers to you! You'll do great!
     
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    You are very welcome. I went to a community college so I didn't get to take part in a lot of regular college social events. I was working and taking care of my sister's kids. We had a small group of teacher ed students (18) so we got pretty tight. I am still really close with a few of the people I wnet to college with, but most live off. Science is a huge interest of mine. 8 years ago I went to a wildlife and fisheries workshop and was hooked. I now assist in giving the workshops and have made a circle of extremely good friends through there. You will find these interests as you get more involved in teaching. What grade are you interviewing for?
     
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    It is for middle school 6-8 lang arts. I'm not sure if it will be for just one grade, probably not. It would be nice to have a few good friends that I actually have something in common with.
    I hope I hear soemthing soon after the interview because if I get the job, i would like to have time to get prepared.
     
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    Hi everyone, I hope it's ok that I am posted this in 2 diff. threads so I make sure everyone gets this update. Well, I just had my first interview and I was really nervous! They asked me 10 questions about how I would teach a class of various learning abilities and the standard questions. I did ok. But there were 2 other girls there with way more experience-years of experience. So I felt really intimidated. The principal and teachers really liked this management plan I created with consequences and rewards and a chart I made to track behaviors and all. At the the end of the interview they asked if there was anything else I wanted to add and I read 2 quotes. They loved these quotes so much, they copied them down and said they wanted to use them in their classes. So I think I did ok, but usually experience wins out :(
    The principal ssaid she would let us know next week. I know if it's meant to be it will be and if it's not, I still have moving to look forward too.
     
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    Congratulations on a good interview! It sounds like it went really well!! :) Don't worry about the others there that had experience; they may be looking for a person who will fit in, and from what you said their reactions were that could be YOU. Hope you hear soon!
    Missy
     
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    My fingers are crossed for you!! What two quotes did you say? The fact that they wrote those down is a good sign. Experience doesn't always win out...sometimes its how well the person would fit into the school environment too. Good luck!!!
     
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    The two quotes are :
    It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein
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    The limits of your language are the limits of your world. Ludwig Wittgenstein
     
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    Very coooooooool...they had to be impressed!
     
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    yeah, i think they were impressed about the quotes, I'm not too sure how impressed they were about me :rolleyes:
     
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    I am crossing my fingers and toes for you. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
     
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    As soon as I hear anything I will let you all know. I think I forgot to add that this school has 2 postions open. So my chances are a little better.
     
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    Wow! sounds like you nailed it ! COngrats! It feels really good when you know you got positive responses! Don't forget the thankyou notes to each of the panel members. Don't give up even if they don't get back with you right away, sometimes the ole' veteran/experienced/tenured teachers must be considered first before the newbee's like us get a chance. I was told by a retired principal, that you can't give up getting a job until about 2-3 weeks into the school year. Teachers back out due to disagreements with administration all the time, or other job opportunities for their husbands/wives.... and boom you are called back 'cause you gave a memorable interview and left a positive impression on them!!
    Even if you don't get it ( and it sounds like you did get it) Ask for a follow up interview as to why you were not chosen, and what you could do to improve your chances. Keeping my fingers crossed for you....
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    Sorry Munchkin, but I did not get the job. I don't care anymore about that school district. If they can't value what I would bring to their school, then I will look elsewhere. We are moving in the spring anyway. This is a dead end town:(
     
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    I am so sorry - I know how discouraging it can be. I have no words of wisdom for you - I wish I did - but truly the right job is there.....somewhere and it will be one that you are happy with.

    I went on so many interviews and didn't get the job - this last one - when I was there it was the first time it just felt right - all the others were just jobs.

    Good luck and I hope the right one finds you
     
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    Sorry Katerina about not getting the position. There must be a reasonable explanation, its just doesn't appear to be very clear....There is a country song that has become my personal mantra, especially after the last interview I had. ..."God's Greatest Gifts" it has a chorus that says "....Just because he don't answer, doesn't mean he don't care, Sometimes God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers...." It talks about a guy who really really wanted a particular dream and didn't get it,then found out why later in life that something better was waiting for him. So, better things arecoming your way, katerine , ya just gotta believe it.
    Have ya considered SC when you move? This state seems to prefer out of state candidates over the home "grown" ones.The State department has a job fair the first monday in June at the state job fair in Columbia. It is cosponsored by Cerra- Center for Educator Recruitment and Retentiion. Look up SC's state ed on the web, and then click on reciprocal certificates, and job offerings. The lower/coastal part of the state has alot of openings too.
    What is your area of certification?? If it is one of the 7-9 critical needs areas for this state, you may be able to get a job tomorrow by calling the corresponding school district on the job opening section. You need to be aware that the state dept only works 1pm -4pm M-F and can be really tedious to get hold of in my own personal experience. Let me know if I can give you any more help if you do think you might be interested in checking out SC..
    Keep your chin up! :)
     
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    Thank you Munchkin, we have considered any aouthern state. I have been realy looking into Va and Fl, but SC sounds great too. Especially if they need grades 7-9 as I am 4-9 certified. My only request is that it is not in an unsafe school. I will check into it today. Thanks again.
     
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    In my experience having lived in Florida on and off for 10 years,Florida is really difficult to get into teaching unless you do tons of volunteer work, then you can get into substituting and then maybe if you have the correct political pull, you may be able to score an interview/job. :( Its been quoted to me that: "Florida has soooo many certified teachers that have masters and above begging for jobs, why should I hire you when you have only a masters and no experience?? I can get someone with higher degrees and still not have to pay them higher rates...." :confused: (grrrrr ) Hopefully your experience will not be like mine. Good luck.
    WHat kind of climate-weather wise are you wanting?? THe lower part of the state is alot hotter, but has many many more positions available with move in incentives! The upstate tends to be clickish and not so easy to get into. Your certification areas, particularly if you have a particular subject you can be certified in helps tremendously. There are about 9 areas they consider critical needs (geographical and subject).... if you have your certification in that subject area, then it makes it much much easier to get in. SOme of the critical needs areas are: math,science,art, media specialist, english etc etc. . The way to check it out is :1] state web site and click on critical needs area
    and check it out. For the geographical critical needs atleast,the upstate tends to have larger population areas, and more tax money therefore more people want to teach there and jobs can be difficult especially if you are certified only in elementary. What's yours?
    Unsafe schools? Well, that's a hard one to judge. No school will tell you that they are unsafe out loud, even if they students running away from the school grounds or havemultiple fights going on right outside the doors as you are interviewing!!(it happen to me once) Look at their school report cards on :www.myschools.com , that will give you the mandated PACT test scoresand other mandated scores. The lower the score, sometimes can mean the lower the parental involvement with their own children, the lower the safety factor goes. IF a school has not "made improvement" two or more years, then they are in danger of having to let their students move to "better" schools with in their districts. Ask the principals for a school tour, and to be able to observe the classroooms while in session. If they are not willing to allow you to schedule a time to just do a walk through to peek into or to let you see a lunchtime in the cafeteria to observe, RUN to the nearest exit!!!
    Its just my opinion, but I like to be able to get a feel for the general atmosphere before plunging into a school I don't know anything about. Get the demographics of the place, how many free lunches, ratio of teacher to students, etc... If at all possible, see a copy of "good" lesson plans, what their discipline policies are... If they say that theyleave that up to the teachers, it can mean you would have absolutely no support from the administration if you should experience problems. If they say that the administration walks the halls and makes their presence felt and seen through out the day and through out the halls, theres a good chance that it will be okay. Make sure that you let them know you are willing to teach in a critical needs area or subject, and it usuallymakes a big difference. Some schools are so rural, the population is small therefore not as big tax base,and that's what makes it a geographically critical area. Middle school certification(6-8th grades)or high school certification makes a huge difference in the ability to get a job that day or the next day. PRaxis is the state certification test, and you may want to see if you can take a particular area test to "up " your chances. If a particular school wants you badly enough, they can request you and the state will issue a temporary certificate in that particular area. Any where in the state, special ed is usually a critical needs area.(they don't tell you this upfront, but its how I reentered teaching after getting recertified)
    Good luck. Oh I forgot to mention , you may want to also register with CERRA.,(center for educators retention and recruitment) that website is www.cerra.org. It is a state wide "jobhunter" for teachers, and all schools and districts in the state have access to it.
     
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