Ying and Yang Follow-up

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  1. McKennaL

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    Well, school starts today...and yesterday i was watching the clock like a demon. Why hadn't the woman called? It SEEMED to be a great interview. She even said things during the interview that I never expected to hear if I wasn't about to join their "community" (like the day of the week that everyone goes and has a coke or beer at the pub).

    Yet, I hadn't heard on Friday, or the weekend, or most of Monday. After school hours i finally called and left a voice mail follow-up. Then i realized :banghead: I hadn't written a thank you note. OMG - to lose a job on a thank you note? How idiotic am I????

    Well...shortly after I e-mailed the composed note, I get a call. She apologized for not getting back to me-that it had been VERY busy...I can imagine. but that they would like to offer me the position of a special ed aide if i were interested.

    "What?" - I must have sounded so dense. She had to repeat herself. After years of - you just don't seem a right fit, or we're going in another direction...to hear "we'd like to offer you a job" was SO foreign.

    The rest of the convo... a blur. I need to go in and fill out all the forms and do fingerprinting today...and the background check will take a day or two. But then I'm in. One on one with a young man with autism. Scarey - but excited about the challenge.

    The woman mentioned that the pay is crappy and she apologized (around $15 an hour...:eek:...but it's a teaching job, and an IN. insurance is included - that's nice. My grocery job salary added in - I'll be just short of what i need to not have to sell the house. So I'll start up my ebay business again *needed to do that anyway - too much inventory* and I'll get by for the year.). But she also mentioned that she understands that all aides (well MOST aides) want to move up, and with these hourly salaries (again apologized) that if we have a shot at an interview that we are welcome to take time off - and though they will miss us..we have their blessings to move up and away.

    I am stopping filling out applications. This will be my home and my challenge. Its a great district - and i would LOVE to have a room in one of their schools.

    The hope of working was fading, and never thought I would be saying it: I HAVE A JOB! Thank you to all who sent good thoughts and prayers my way over these past years.

    *I have SO much to do.... forms, hair cut, clothes, research autism, plan commute routes, call and e-mail family and friends, get in touch with his former and current teachers.... breathe*
     
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  3. Aliceacc

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    YAY McKenna!!!!!!!

    That's wonderful!!!!

    Congratulations!!!
     
  4. Kangaroo22

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    Congratulations, McKenna! This is such great news!
     
  5. leighbball

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    So happy for you!!!! Congrats!! :D

    Adding you to our jobs list!!!
     
  6. womby

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    Congrats!
     
  7. TeacherNY

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    That's great!! I started out with the same position as you're getting and had my own room a year and a half later. Anything can happen after you're "IN". Congratulations!
     
  8. springmac

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    Congrats to you! :thumb:
     
  9. mrachelle87

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    Happy for you! Have "fun" getting ready...and best of luck.
     
  10. dcnuck

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    Yeahhhh!!!! I have been hoping for you to get a job for a long time. Congratulations.
     
  11. ~mrs.m~

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    That's fantastic! Congratulations! It's a wonderful feeling.
     
  12. SwOcean Gal

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    Congrats! That is awesome! I am so happy for you!
     
  13. INteacher

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    OOOhhhhh McKenna *happy happy dance* soooo very happy for you!!! Have fun getting ready for your new position!
     
  14. Mommyserenity

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    WOO HOO!!!!!! :celebrate:

    I took a job in a school where pay is about the same as you will be making, but all I can say is I LOVE it there and wouldn't trade my job I do everyday even if the money is crappy! :lol: I know you are going to love it and have a wonderful year!!!
     
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    Congrats!! And $15/hr is nothing to sneeze at...it's more than I make down here doing the same thing!
     
  16. Teacher87

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    Congrats! :)
     
  17. gigi

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    Great News! Let us know how things go!!!
     
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    Haha I loved your story because I can totally relate to being stunned to hear that a school wanted me! Congratulations... isn't it a good feeling?
     
  19. HOPE-fulTeacher

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    Congratulations- that is great! I am glad that you got a job in a district you love, and it's really nice that the P is so understanding about taking a day off to interview someplace else.
     
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    YEAH!!!!:D:D
     
  21. MATgrad

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    McKenna I am SO HAPPY for you :)
     
  22. bet3

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    That is great! Congrats!
     
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    McKenna

    I am *so* happy fo you! Congratulations!! :2up:

    I had a part-time aide job last year (making about $5/hour less than you) and was very discouraged. Then, miraculously, I accepted a part-time teaching job in a public school district just last week!

    So things can happen - use this to your advantage and hopefully it will lead to bigger and better things!

    :celebrate:
     
  24. Hoot Owl

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    I'm so happy for you, one foot in the door and you'll be sliding the rest of the way in, in no time. You're going to fall in love with that child!
     
  25. mmswm

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    Congrats :) :partyhat:
     
  26. Kate Change

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    Congrats! That's a great in!
     
  27. lilmisses1014

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    I know I'm a little late to the game, but I did want to pop in to offer my "CONGRATS!!!"

    Really, McKenna, I am so happy for you!! It stinks that it's not a teaching position, but you're in a school now!! You have been so unbelievably dedicated to the job search, and you were everyone's biggest cheerleaders--- you deserve nothing but the best! Congrats again!! :)
     

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