Oh, I'm mad! (Vent)

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  1. I teach science

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    I had an interview a few weeks ago for a job I really wanted. I've subbed there before and like the school & teachers. I have known one of the assistant P's there for many years. I wasn't that impressed during the interview with the P, but could live with him.

    Anyway - I came in 2nd. The P called to let me know. Ok, fine. But then I find out who got the job - a fellow teacher who has 6 months more experience than me. I know him, good teacher. But then I hear that he got the job more bc he is coach of X sport, and they are trying to get a team/program started in that area!! GRRR!

    I had another interview yesterday, but I would have to think hard if offered the job as it's 78 miles driving each way, plus 3 preps.

    School starts next Tues, so guess it's back to the sub board...:(
     
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    :hugs: I don't blame you for being angry!!

    Don't count yourself out yet...just because school is starting doesn't mean there won't be openings! Hang in there! :)
     
  4. KitKat

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    I feel your pain. At least you lost out to a teacher. My last job interview, I lost out to a intern. I had 10 years experience in the field and they had 0. They went with a intern because it cost them less money. So frustrating. I understand interns need jobs too, though so do I.
     
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    Oh my gosh, I would have been LIVID! I totally understand the fact that sports are important for many, many reasons but if you were a better fit for the job because of your skills, qualifications and personality but didn't get it because you weren't a coach...I guess you'll never know. Good luck in the future and I hope you find a job where your talents are appreciated. Just remember, in this market, it only takes 1 day to change your life. GOOD LUCK!
     
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    I can definitely see how that's frustrating. It seems at times that just being simply a certified classroom teacher isn't enough. Nowadays, you should be able to coach a sport as well or be bilingual. I can't believe the amount of times I've been asked, "Are you bilingual?" Ugh.
     
  7. MrsA

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    That is extremely frustrating! I know sports are a great source of income for schools, but sometimes I feel like they take way too much priority.

    I also agree with the bilingual thing. I'm not fluent, so I never claim that I'm bilingual, but I can get by in at least 2 languages, and I love to learn new languages...this is a topic for another time, but I think we should be pushing for more ELL programs as opposed to more bilingual teachers...
     
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    I think speaking 2 languages can be very helpful in teaching ELL. In the market as it is, employers can require a teacher to be both ELL certified and billingual.
     
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    Isn't California an all English instruction state? Why do they ask for bilingual teachers then?
     
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    You could have just told my story word for word. Same thing happened to me, only the "coach" they hired before me had recently gotten his teaching certificate BACK after a TWO YEAR suspension for LOOKING AT PORN ON A SCHOOL COMPUTER. :mad:

    Keep your head up though. That awesome "coach" ended up not able to get out of a previous contract, and they gave me the job instead. You never know!
     
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    I'm so sorry! I know how frustrating that is. The right job is out there for you.
     
  12. shouts

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    I think every school looks for activities you could take on these days. It's very useful to be willing/able to take on activities that they have trouble filling. Who wouldn't do it to get a leg up?

    I don't blame that principal in the least.
     
  13. I teach science

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    Actually, the person that was hired was already coaching in that sport, and they had no trouble filling that spot -
    and they were specifically hired bc they are a coach and then a teacher. That's why I am mad.

    I do agree that as a P, you should look for someone who will do additional things, and I am willing to do that - they just don't have a need for a girls golf coach or basketball coach.

    As an example, an interview I had earlier this summer the P said "our ideal candidate will be certified to teach chem & physics, and also be a linebacker coach. But if we can't find that, we're focusing on a chem/physics endorsement."
     

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