The revival of the Rum, Tums and Depression Club

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  1. jw13

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    I feel the same way Simba. I am in an area that is considered to be "growing". Plus they just opened up a new school in one of the districts. People wonder why I can't get a position. I tell them that enrollment really hasn't changed, economy, etc., etc. I have to tell them how many opening were posted in a county for them to realize that almost nothing exists. Right now I am playing the lottery. Will I be one of the luck 30 in 3 counties to get a job?
     
  2. Jlyn07

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    Oh, Simba, I completely feel for you. I am almost 30, single (with no hopes of that ever changing) and have no kids. Every time I have to attend a wedding or shower I feel so uncomfortable because I'm nowhere near getting married or having kids. Then people have to ask about jobs. People just don't understand how hard it is to get a teaching job lately. At least if I had a job I'd have something to come at these people with!
     
  3. Jlyn07

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    I just found a glimmer of hope! A local district just posted 4 elementary openings! They want someone who is dually certified in literacy and elementary. Guess who is? Yep, me! I don't want to get my hopes up but I can't help it. I need to write an excellent cover letter.
     
  4. MATgrad

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    I got yet another rejection today. I kind of knew though. I had a telephone screening and the minute I said that I had been non-renewed it was as though they couldn't get off the phone fast enough. I am so over this. There are so few postings this year.

    I have a lead on a tutoring gig. That could be nice and I'll probably be back on the sub list very shortly. School starts in three weeks for teachers and I'm dreading it.

    I was going to pick up some supplies from Staples on Sunday and my first thought was "Why bother? All anyone sees is my non-renewal. Can't they understand that it was because of the budget?" I also already have bags and bags of supplies. My garage could almost be a Staples.
     
  5. tb71

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    :hugs: I'm sorry you are having to deal with this. I did notice a few new postings here today, maybe some will come up in FL too.
     
  6. smalltowngal

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    :hugs: MAT. Hopefully more positions will start posting as school gets closer.
     
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    I'm sorry MAT! Hopefully the tutoring gig will work out for you or there will be some openings pop up!
     
  8. Jlyn07

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    I'm sorry MAT; I'm sure the right position is going to open up for you.
     
  9. Simba

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    I'm sorry MAT!!
     
  10. chebrutta

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    :hugs: Simba. People are seriously clueless.

    MAT, I feel the same way. It's like they see "Oh, she let her certification expire. Next." And I never have the chance to explain that I was too busy teaching 5 preps to drive to Boca/Orlando for classes.
     
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    One little bright note...I found out yesterday the 3rd grade job I applied for at my oldest child's school was filled by a displaced teacher from another school. Makes me feel a tiny bit better about the P. never even giving me a chance to interview since she knows me. My friend, who teaches 3rd grade at the school, told me the P. got told she had to take this particular teacher since she had an unexpected opening and she didn't get to interview anyone for the spot.
     
  12. chebrutta

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    That's such a bitter-sweet ending, Mommyserenity. The P's hands really are tied in that situation. It'll be easier for you to go into the school with your child (and your head up high!), though.
     
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    Yep, at least now I don't feel like the P. just totally refused to even look at my info. I am going to try to talk to the P. about a LTS maybe. I know she has quite a few teachers going on leave over the next few months.
     
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    I took a job teaching PreK in private (daycare) setting. I've been crying so much lately the dog is getting anxiety! I've been sitting around two years waiting for sub jobs. Kicking myself for being SAHM too long. Shoulda gone back few years earlier instead of working parttime but who would have guessed teaching would be a hard job to get!
     
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    Much better knowing the P had to take this teacher and didn't just ignore your info.
     
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    Mommy, I am so glad that was the reason the P didn't give you a chance. Still hoping something comes along for you.

    NEFLteacher,
    Congrats on the job!! Maybe this will be the job that gets you in the door since you will have recent experience running your own classroom! Good luck!!
     
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    Congratulations, NEFLteacher!

    And Mommyserenity I'm glad that that's the reason the principal never called you; at least now it will be easier to go to your child's school and good luck with the LTS jobs!
     
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    OKay...pass the Tums this way....

    Just got a rejection letter today for that music teacher job I interviewed for a couple of weeks ago. I *thought* for sure I had a good shot since I just had completed a LTS music position for the neighboring town and had excellent reviews!

    Well, like I said before, they wanted someone who would have the children (grades PreK-4) read and write about music, and not necessarily perform it. My idea of music class for elementary is for the kids to have fun while actively learning while playing/singing/moving but they had other ideas :confused:

    Another job that went to a 22 year old, fresh-out-of-college grad with only student teaching experience - am I that old at 42 that no one will even consider hiring me?????

    What pains me to is that I just got a letter from my son's school (another one I interviewed at but was passed over for another young, fresh out-of college- grad.) It will be very painful for me at parent conferences to meet with this person, all the time thinking that *I* could probably do a better job!

    :thanks: for listening!
     
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    im not quite 22 fresh-out-of-college and I cant get a job either...they seem to be going to people with even LESS experience than I and mostly because they "know someone". this is probably the thing that bothers me the most. shouldnt it be about whos a better TEACHER? ugh
     
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    Mommy~I know its bittersweet, but at least you know the reason.

    Congrats, NEFL on the job!!!!

    :hugs: flute!
     
  21. tb71

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    Really?? Read and write about music Prek-4. I'm with you at this age they should be playing/singing etc.
     
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    Well, I think I may need something a little stronger....pass the Jack, Jose, and Capt. Morgan :)

    Good luck everyone. Hang in there.
     
  23. MATgrad

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    Oh, Flute how terrible! Hubby says that's not the way to teach music either. It's almost August so the rush is going to come for all of us.
     
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    Well, remember the job application marathon from hell of last week? I haven't gotten any calls - and I know they're interviewing this week. I called one school to see if the position had been filled... the sec looked up my app and said I hadn't been contacted because I only had one reference on file. I went back to my app while I was on the phone... and sure enough, two had disappeared - and there was nowhere to add them in! :banghead:

    On my way to the DO to see what the hell is up with their system. GROWL.
     
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    what a headache! :( i am really thankful that applying for jobs does not require so much around here. I'm not sure I'd have the strength to deal!!
     
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    Ok. All is well and fixed. Fingers back in the crossed position instead of the upright/downward curl position.
     
  27. MATgrad

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    I'm crossing some fingers for you too! I couldn't believe it but there were new positions posted today!! I spent the morning calling, applying, sending, etc. Things are looking up.
     
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    Yea! We're getting pretty close to the start of school - this *has* to be our year, MAT!
     
  29. tb71

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    Sometimes there is no controlling that upright/downward curl position ;)
    --Glad to hear all is ok
     
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    My emotions are on a roller coaster, up, down, upside down. Monday I had 2 interviews, yesterday I spoke to my P. from last year. He had to hire displaced teachers before he could give me a job. (last year i worked as a temp. employee) He may have a possible position but won't know until he has the numbers. I hate the waiting. I am afraid I will take a job somewhere I don't really want and then a "good" job will be open. I just hate the unknown and the not secure place I am in :(
     
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    :hugs: MAT and cheb!!! I hope you both here something soon!!!
     
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    i am worried about this too june. i am still waiting to hear about a position at my old school (which doesnt seem favorable for me but hey its still possible) and i know that there is still a little over a month til school starts. i have 2 interviews this week, neither for full time teaching jobs but if they're all i can get id gladly accept one. however, im worried i'll accept and something else will come along! i envy everyone who found out so early in the summer what their plans were. 2 of my friends had jobs before school even ended =/
     
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    That's probaby because they had CONNECTIONS!!!
     
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    If it's any consolation, I spoke to a former P today and she told me not to get discouraged they hire all the way through Oct.
    **I just hate not knowing what I'm going to be doing in a month.
     
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    MAT and Chebutta!!!

    COME ON FLORIDA!!!!!!!

    I have a feeling it's all going to come down to the last minute and beyond@!!!!

    Keep plugging away!!!
     
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    It's been the unknown for me since around April.... I just need to know what I'm going to be doing FO SHO in the next 4 weeks!!!

    Good Luck everyone!!!

    I'd like my martini dirty with stuffed blue cheese olives please!!!
     
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    It's going to happen, Simba - it WILL happen!
     
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    yeah it totally was lol and i know that but i still envy the fact that they had the whole summer to relax while i am working my butt off trying to find something. i spoke to them both recently and they both said they wont even be going into their classrooms for a few weeks still. they dont even sound excited about it. ugh.
     
  39. MATgrad

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    The rush is going to come!
     
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    I'm REALLY stressing out now!! Still no interviews and I've hit my August deadline. :( My husband needs to get his bar exam application materials sent in (we wanted it done a while ago since it's a lengthy process), but you have to apply to the state where you plan to practice. The plan was for him to relocate after he finished school so I could also have a teaching career (we're living long-distance right now because there is literally NOTHING where he/we currently live); however, since I have no leads on a job where I am he might as well apply for the bar in our current state. The big thing is, he has tons of connections and would have a MUCH easier time finding a job in his home state than he will living where I am. If I had a teaching job, it'd be worth the risk not knowing anyone. Sorry if that confused anyone. Anyway, this has made the stress even worse.
     

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