First of all let me apologize for the length of this post! It is a little bit of a long story but.... I have taught 1st grade for the past 3 years in a private school, this would have been my 4th year there. Well last Thursday, I got a phone call from my local school district from a friend of mine who works there asking me if I would be interested in a Elementary Technology Teacher position. Of course I said yes, even though at the time I wasn't sure, this is my dream district. So anyway my application package wasn't even at the school yet, but I e-mailed my resume, completed and dropped off my application pack and electronic portfolio on Friday morning. Saturday morning my Dad passed away (he had been battling Lou Gehrig's disease for the past 23 months). Monday morning the district calls me (my friend again) offers condolences and asks if there is anything they can do...then say that they know the timing is terrible but could I come in sometime last week for an interview. I had some free time on Tuesday morning, services were scheduled for Wednesday & Thursday, so I went. 2 principals and supervisor of Math and Science interview me. First they offer their condolences, ask if there is anything they can do, do I want to talk about it before we start. Couldn't have been nicer! Then interview me, ask me to step out for a few minutes, bring me back in and tell me that they know that I am under a lot of stress so they don't want to make me wait and offer me the job. Today I met with the Superintendent (who happens to be one of my old teachers) discuss salary and benefits, (which double my salary from the private school) My name was put before the board tonight, I was approved and now I am official! I had to resign from my current job tonight which was hard to do, as I knew all of the kids coming into my class b/c the school is small and I had some of their siblings. I am nervous and excited and scared. This is a big achievement for me, I am a career changer, and since k-5 is so competitive, it is a great break for me! After thinking about everything I realize that this is a great marrying of my business and teaching skills. I will work 2 days in one elementary school and 1 1/2 days in the other two. So all 3 elementary school principals will know me really well by the end of the year so if I want to move around next year I will have already worked with all 3! Sorry for the length of this post, but I just had to share it with those who would truly understand!