I got an interview :)

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  1. smalltowngal

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    Good luck! Fingers crossed!
     
  2. sunshine*inc

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    Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
     
  3. OhThePlaces

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    Fingers crossed that the interview went really well!! :)
     
  4. Linguist92021

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    Thank you! :)

    So here's an update.
    I think it went well, but I got a little nervous (not sure why, I don't get nervous usually). I think the other interview went better, but that P never called, so we can't really go about that...

    There were 3 people asking questions; they were good questions. Mostly about classroom management, motivation, and at-risk students. I guess they wanted to know if the applicant even knows about the students. These questions I can answer, teaching-strategy questions would leave me tongue tied.
    So who knows?

    The good news is they actually have 2 positions. Both are full time + benefits. 1 is a contract for the remaining of this year and next year. (English - this wasn't disclosed in the posting, it's funny that it's the same as my credential. Hopefully a good sign). The other one is only through the rest of this year, so it's short term. Whether it would be renewed it would depend on attendance numbers (juvenile hall).
    They said the numbers have been up, but they couldn't promise anything. (this position is similar to what I was doing in my LTS, the curriculum would be flexible, because they already have the core teachers).
    I did let them know that I would be interested in either of the positions.
    I overheard them saying that they had 38 applicants. (not sure if that's how many they interviewed (not likely) or that's how many applied). But it's not a large number.

    When I came home last night (9 pm, had been up since 4:30 am, drove 700 miles, tired and my body sore from sitting for 12 hours) I sent all 3 of them a thank you email. Luckily I remembered everyone's name, and looked up their contact info. I personalized each email and included something specific about our interaction. I was able to recall at least 1 comment, or 1 reaction to an answer from me, and elaborated. I think the letters turned out good.

    I saw online that you're supposed to reiterate a lot of things, but I thought it would be too much, but also a simple thank you would be too short.
    So I made it a little personal, but professional. Who knows, it might make the difference, or not matter at all.
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    Crossing everything that can be crossed for you, Linguist!
     
  6. MrsC

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    As am I!
     
  7. donziejo

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    Me too.
     
  8. catnfiddle

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    Great job getting back in there with the interviews, and hope the stiffness from the drive has gone away by now.
     
  9. BioAngel

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    Sounds like you're on a good path towards getting one of those positions!! Good luck :)
     
  10. Linguist92021

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    I got the job!!!!! :) :haha::celebrate::partyhat: :)

    And it's the long term one ! (although I would have loved either one, but this way I won't have to worry about the summer)

    I am so incredibly happy!!!
     
  11. czacza

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    Yay! :party::party::party: congrats!
     
  12. teacherintexas

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    Congratulations!
     
  13. TeacherGroupie

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    Oh, grand news, Linguist!
     
  14. MrsC

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    Fabulous news! Happy dance!
     
  15. OhThePlaces

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    Wooohooooo! Congrats! :love:
     
  16. Linguist92021

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    Thank you guys!!
    And TeacherGroupie, I would like to especially thank you for all your help with my cover letter! Without it, I could not have had these interviews!
     
  17. bison

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    Yay, congratulations! You deserve it! :party:
     
  18. TeacherGroupie

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    I beg to differ, Linguist, but I'm delighted to have been able to help.
     
  19. Tasha

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    Congratulations!
     
  20. FarFromHome

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    Congrats!
     
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    Linguist, I'm so happy for you!!!!
     
  22. mkbren88

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    Congrats!
     
  23. yellowdaisies

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    Congratulations, Linguist! I've mostly lurked in your threads, but I can tell that you are a passionate and inspiring teacher to a population of students that is often avoided or misunderstood by the general population. You deserved this so much, and I'm so happy for you! :)
     
  24. donziejo

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    So happy for you.
     
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    Your students will be lucky to have you. Congratulations, Linguist!
     
  26. BioAngel

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    Congrats!! I'm sure you are super excited about teaching :)
     
  27. catnfiddle

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    Mazel tov! Doing the happy dance on your behalf!
     
  28. Linguist92021

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    I am so super excited!! Moving is such a hassle, but this one time I am very happy to do that. Southern Cali -> Northern Cali.

    On top of it at our district, down here, crazy things are happening. Basically our district is being destryoed by our Sup. I. Everything is changing, there won't be any hiring for a few years. Counselors are getting pink slipped, Ps have to reapply for their jobs because 1 or 2 positions are cut. He just fired my P's boss' boss !!!
    The way things are chaning, subs may not have jobs in the summer, or only a few of them. I did not want to be here by July. Everyone is shocked at what is happening, nothing is done for anyone's benefits, and the students will suffer the most.

    So I am super excited to have my own classroom, to work with these students, and that I actually will have a job, and it's not just subbing. And it feels so incredible to know that out of the 38 applicants they chose me!! Unbelievable.
     
  29. JustMe

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    Yay! :)
     
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    Yay! Congrats! When do you start?
     
  31. Linguist92021

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    In about 3 weeks - it's up to me, of course they want me to start asap, but they know I gotta move first. I'm planning for starting on the week of the 25th.
     
  32. TamiJ

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    That's very exciting! Good luck with the move. Give yourself some time to adjust to all the exciting changes. :)
     
  33. Kangaroo22

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    Congratulations! :)
     
  34. Geologygirl

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    Congratulations!!!!! So glad you got it.
     
  35. Linguist92021

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    On Monday I signed pre-employment paperwork and got fingerprinted for background clearance. So now I'm just waiting on that, and then I'll go up there again, sign the contract and look for a house (I've already checked out a couple, and the area).

    All my students know that I'm leaving, because I told them. Their reaction was so sweet. A lot of them expressed sadness that I'll be leaving (so many of them joked that they'll be moving there later, or that they'll go and find me), and they were happy for me. In one class they actually started clapping :) They already I knew I had an interview.
    I was thinking there would be a lot of guys making rude remarks, like 'yesss!' as in 'thank God, she's finally leaving'.
    There was only one smart Alec like that, so my response was: 'isn't it exciting? Thank you for being so happy for me'. He saw that he couldn't get to me.
    And everyone since then has been so great, and these guys lately can be rough. But they're acting like little angels. They're going to make it hard for me to leave.

    That one student that I had a falling out with (the one that compared thier living conditions to the Holocaust) said "oh man, we're moving to ..." (my new city's name) It was so cute, he didn't even mean for me to hear it. It was like he's my son, and now we gotta move.
    These guys never cease to surprise me. :)
     
  36. TeacherGroupie

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    That is cute, Linguist!
     
  37. Linguist92021

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    Ok so we can put a happy ending to this story. I finally heard back from my new employer that my background check cleared. It was a long week! I didn't have any doubts, but because sometimes I'm superstitious I coulnd't really relax and be happy until I heard the final word, which came today.
    I am so incredibly happy. I'm driving up there tomorrow after work, spend the night so I can get an early start on house hunting, taking care of business at my daughter's new high school and signing the contract. 2 weeks from now I should be in my new home.

    I want to thank everyone for the encouraging words - wow, over 5000 views and a lot of encouragment - that means so much to me.
    thank you!!!!
    :)

    And the icing on the cake is that I get to see my students one more time on Thursday (every single class) and then finish out my time at the other lock up. Perfect!
     
  38. Kangaroo22

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    Glad to hear everything is official! :)
     
  39. donziejo

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    congrats! Will you be living in Nevada?
     
  40. Linguist92021

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    This is not in Nevada. That was the first interview I went to (that's the P who never called me back after that). This is from the second interview, in Northern Cali. I am so much happier about the place, I didn't want the hassle of moving out of state (a lot of extra paperwork)
     

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