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  1. giraffe326

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    So, due to all of my dilemma with my interviews and scheduling, I thought I'd give an update.

    First of all, as of yesterday, my house is officially for sale. Someone down the street listed the day after I called my realtor. Their house has an identical floor plan, but they are lacking some upgrades that I have (fireplace, vaulted ceilings, covered front porch, deck, etc...). They asked $134,900 and they were under contract in 17 days. Now, I still don't know how much the contract is for. I listed for $129,000, so I'm hoping my sells within 2 months.

    As for my job situation, I had four interviews lined up:

    School A- 3.5 hours away. Face time interview.

    School B- 2 hours away. Rescheduled the interview. P and I spoke many times on the phone and seemed to have hit it off. In the middle of nowhere!

    School C- elite school district- 40 minutes away. Award winning district, top paying in the state, my #1

    School D- Charter a little over an hour away. Phone interview.





    So.....

    School A
    - I already reported the Face Time interview was riddled with technology issues. They called and left a message saying they went with another candidate, but I interviewed well and they may end up with more openings, so they may be in touch again.

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    School D- Went well- she said she'd let me know when they were ready to do demo lessons.

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    School B- The P called me the morning of my interview and asked for me to come earlier. Since I am out of state, she arranged for me to meet with the Superintendent while I was up there. I appreciate that because it is 13-14 hours from my house! :eek:

    So, I get up there- and they have me meet with the Superintendent FIRST!!! :eek: Mind you, I have not interviewed for a job yet!!! It was....awkward. He kept on asking me how I'd contribute to the COMMUNITY (not school), and kept talking about that stuff. He questioned my lack of reading certification since I was interviewing for a 1st grade position. I do not have a reading endorsement, but I am Orton-Gillingham trained. Overall, I was super intimidated, and it was weird.

    I then interviewed with the panel, and I felt that it went really well. Obviously not, because 2 days later they called and said they were choosing others to advance to the next round.

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    School C- A friend also landed an interview with this district, and hers was a few days before mine, so I knew some of what to expect.

    They had over 6000 applicants. That's right- six thousand. They brought 216 in to interview for 15 jobs! :eek:

    First, you have a written portion, then a 10-15 minute interview with a panel of 3 Ps.

    I knew what the written portion was ahead of time. You had to analyze a 2nd quarter (January) report card and address issues because you will not see the parent for a conference until March. Well, I didn't read directions well. I went ahead and named the child "Billy" and wrote out the comments. I finished, went back to the directions, and read that they wanted to know what you would address, not write an actual comment :eek: I went ahead and scribbled stuff above it. "I would start with a compliment, then move to an area of weakness and give a strategy to improve it" or something similar. I ran out of time before I could go further.

    So, I get into my interview. 1 P seemed like he hated the world, 1 was super nice, and 1 was OK, but seemed bored (can't blame him!). I felt it went terrible. I was SUPER nervous! I kept repeating myself. One question they asked was 2 parts, and I addressed both. The grumpy P then asked- Well what about ____. I had to say, I meant blahblah, sorry, I didn't explain it clearly.

    We finished, I was standing to leave, and the nice P asked me why I want to move back. I gave my answer, and she said 'great answer', so I felt better that I ended on a higher note.

    I drove all the way back to NC immediately after- changed clothes in my car and everything. I felt it went terrible- I screwed up the written and I didn't get good vibes from the interview. However, today I got an email saying I'm still being considered!! :woot: My friend got a rejection- and she used to work for the district! I'm so happy!!!

    In the meantime, I'm still applying like crazy.
     
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  3. giraffe326

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    Here is my email (they did everything via email- even scheduled interviews):

    Dear Candidate,

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for applying for a teaching position in the **** School District. It was a pleasure talking with you and learning more about your background, experiences, and qualifications. This is so depressing- I really though it was going to be a rejection!

    At this time, we are pleased to notify you that you are still being considered for a teaching position within the **** School District. As specific job openings become known, you may be contacted by an elementary principal to continue the interview process. Your patience during this time is appreciated.

    Once again, thank you for your interest in the **** School District. We wish you much success as you pursue your career in teaching.



    Sincerely,

    The **** Elementary Principals’ Interview Committee
     
  4. Linguist92021

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    Keeping fingers crossed for you! Stay positive, but keep applying! It's easier to be positive that way anyways, you don't feel stressed, you know there are other opportunities just in casse.

    It seems like you can't go by what your opinion is on an interview. If you feel it went horrible, the interwviwers might see that you were the best! If you have good vibes, maybe it was just meiocre. That's how my 2 interviews went, the job I got was the one where I felt the interview went just ok, and I probably didn't make any positive impression. And the other ones, where I felt 100 % comfortable and thought had the job in my hands - never heard back.

    So just be positive either way :)
     
  5. Mr.history

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    I HATE panel interviews. Every interview I went on was a panel interview and its just awkward.
     
  6. Wrathgara

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    WHat great news!! I think it was kind of mean of them to begin the letter like a rejection statement.
    Best of luck on your next steps!!
     
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    Wishing you tons of luck!
     
  8. leighbball

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    Good news!! :)
     
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    Ditto! I had a panel interview at the end of April and I was pretty sure it was a bust. They did call me back for a demo lesson last week--but haven't heard anything back since I did the lesson. Of course it took them 2 weeks to get up with me after the interview, so maybe they just take things really, really, really slow ?? Anywho, back to panel interviews--they are extraordinarily stressful and way too formal. I like one-one interview (with principal or maybe principal and vp) because then it's much more conversational and less question/answer.
     
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    Was that location 40 minutes from the area you want to move back to? Hope so...good luck!
     
  11. giraffe326

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    Yeah- 40 minutes from my parents. I have ZERO problem living in this area- super nice, super safe, lots to do, and 40 minutes from my family!
     
  12. FarFromHome

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    Good luck! I'm glad you had good news from your top choice!
     
  13. giraffe326

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    :D

    Well, it is not my top choice in the state, but it is my top choice out of my interviews. It'd probably rank in the top 10 of my preferred districts, though.

    I'm still amazed that I'm still in the running- out of 6000 applicants. I wish I knew how many were still in the running. I'd assume they cut over half of their 216 interviewees out.
     
  14. giraffe326

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    I talked about how I always looked at it as a temporary move, about how I believe in Michigan and that it can be turned around, how I hate how everything thinks Michigan=Detroit and Detroit= scary ghetto, that I want to be part of the change, and that I miss little things like Vernors (ginger ale) and that I just stopped at Kroger to stock up on my way to the interview, and going to Tigers games, etc...

    I realize I just typed the longest run-on in the world. I promise I was more eloquent!
     
  15. acl1974

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    Congrats Giraffe. I am really rooting for you to come home to Michigan. It is a wonderful state.
     
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    That's so awesome! Congratulations! Isn't it crazy how when you think it went terrible, it actually went quite well? :) That seems to happen a lot, haha.

    Keeping the fingers crossed for you!
     
  17. giraffe326

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    Alright, enter school E and school F!

    School E- pretty far- 3.5ish hours, high tourist destination, so my friends and family want me to get this one. :tired: :rolleyes: Skype interview set up for the 10th of June.

    School F- charter- about an hour away, 2nd grade. Still playing phone tag about an interview- I already know it will first be a phone screening interview. It could be tomorrow!

    Out of my current possibilities- Schools C, D, E, and F, they would probably rank C, F, D, E. C is still my first choice. F would come next because it is an hour and it is 2nd grade. D would come text because it is an hour and 15 minutes or so and the less desirable 5th grade. E ranks last only because of the distance. If it were closer, it would be a close #2.
     
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    Fingers crossed! Good luck!
     
  19. MissD59

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    Congrats, good luck! Even though the process is draining, it feels good to be considered and have things in the pipeline, doesn't it? :)

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya!
     
  20. leighbball

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    Hooray for more interviews!!! Keep us posted...I agree with MissD59- it's awesome to be scoring so many interviews!
     
  21. giraffe326

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    Did my prescreening with school F today. I'm being passed on to the next step, so we'll see.....
     
  22. leighbball

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    Woohoo! You are on a roll :)
     
  23. Storyteller

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    You are doing so awesome! Fingers are crossed for you! Here's hoping you hear positively from school C soon! It's awesome to have so many opportunities!
     
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    Thanks :)

    Things are picking up a bit with the job postings, too. I would like to have a job in the county I grew up in, but so far there has only been 1 job posting. However, the really nice neighboring county has had a few openings, and about 10 more this week (many are multiple position postings, too). The bad thing about that county is that it is one of the wealthiest in the state, so they get a lot more applicants. School C is in this county.
    2 different districts have posted positions in just 2nd and 5th grade- which I happen to teach/previously taught. Hopefully that works in my favor!!
     
  25. giraffe326

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    And, welcome school G. One of my best friends works at school G. She claims she loves it, but she is looking for another job. I do think it is more about pay than the atmosphere- it is a charter. They have 4 schools- all within 60-90 minutes of my family. Interview is scheduled the 13th.

    Recap:
    A- eliminated
    B- eliminated
    C- awaiting official openings- in the hiring pool
    D- waiting for a call back. They weren't ready to schedule demo lessons yet
    E- interview via Skype on the 10th
    F- waiting for a call to set up a second interview- not guaranteed the second interview, but not eliminated yet
    G- interview in person the 13th
     
  26. leighbball

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    Nice!
     
  27. giraffe326

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    School F called this afternoon and wanted me in person tomorrow at 4. Um... I live 750 miles away! Even if I could drop everything (and afford to drive there right now), I'd have to stop overnight! Or leave at like 4AM!
    It was not the school that called- it was someone from their headquarters in Minnesota. After I told her I was out of state, she said she remembered reading that (duh) and would call me back. Still waiting :rolleyes:

    In other news, I have figured out why there has only been 1 job in my entire home county. (Fairly large- 420,000 people.) Almost every district has laid off teachers. I knew the city schools laid off 100 teachers. I didn't realize the suburbs were laying off, too. This makes me sad since I really want to be home home, but it will make it easier for me to accept a position farther away without worrying about something better coming along.
     
  28. redtop

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    Yes, the trees are just the right height.
     
  29. Ms. I

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    Good luck!
     
  30. giraffe326

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    I investigated this lay off rumor. The city schools are up to 220 lay offs :eek:
    The wealthiest district in the county is laying off 42 teachers. It is 1 high school, 2 middles, and a few elementary schools. So 42 is a lot!
    One district on the other side of the state laid off their entire staff!
    Lansing (the capital) laid off over 100.
    There were other school districts, too.

    Boo. My bright side is that I will no longer hesitate accepting an offer with a school/district that I am not crazy about (whether distance/location or other reasons) for fear of something better.
     
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    I live in a suburb. We use to have 1 high school, 1 middle school & 5 elementary schools. About 3 years ago they laid off almost everyone with less than 8 years of experience. A couple weren't laid off, only because they were one of just a few or only with a specific endorsement. The one that I personally know has the only endorsement for that area at the HS level. A couple of others had specific special education endorsements. A couple of years before that 77 teachers were laid off.

    They've since reconfigured the elementary schools, closing 1 of them. The layoffs are much fewer now.

    In the Metro area, you take the job you can get.
     
  32. giraffe326

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    Oh, lay-offs in the 'city' schools I was referring happen every year. I just didn't realize there were even 200 teachers left in the district! And the 'city' is the one a bit farther north....

    Lay-offs don't surprise me, but I thought we had gotten past the triple digit numbers. Guess not.

    Now, if only the one city with the 4 letter name (in the Metro area) would call in their next round, I'd be super happy!
     
  33. ECE ABC

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    WOW! That all sounds great GOOD LUCK TO YOU :)
     
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    Yikes on the layoffs...good luck! It's impressive to be getting so many interviews with so many layoffs in the state. :)
     
  35. giraffe326

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    Official rejection from D today. While I want a job, this was definitely the last choice of my 7 interviews!

    A lot of applications closed in the last 2 days or so. I'm hoping for some phone calls soon!

    I did get a thanks, but no thanks email from a rural school. They said they were fortunate to receive 150 applications for their 6 positions. I can't believe I didn't get an interview with only 150 applicants! I made it out of a stack of 6000 in another district! :rolleyes: Whatever.
     
  36. thirdgradebuzz

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    It seems to me that ESPECIALLY in rural districts/areas, it's "who you know, not what you know" when it comes to hiring. Good ole' boy mentality where people want to hire those who have been recommended to them by word of mouth. Don't sweat it, and best of luck with all your other options!
     
  37. giraffe326

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    I figure that is partially the case- along with me being out of state. I need to start printing my parents' address on my resumes/cover letters since I will technically be residing there for the next 2 months....
     
  38. DSD

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    You're still in the running for 3 - congratulations! You obviously did well in the interviewers' eyes. Good luck with the jobs and the house (I can't imagine handling both those simultaneously)!
     
  39. giraffe326

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    You forgot the full time teaching and the 25 hours per week retail. I'm exhausted!!!
    Less than 2 weeks and I am headed north for a while. Then I don't have to worry about vacuuming all the time! No one will be there!
     
  40. acl1974

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    They probably personally knew six to 10 of those applicants and went with them. That has been my problem ... I just don't know enough people. I'm joking. I know plenty of people, just not the right people. Ha.
     
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    Oh, I know. Been there done that. Still there, still doing it as a matter of fact...
     

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