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I’M FREE!!! June 24, 2011

Filed under: education,teaching,Uncategorized — candidteacher @ 7:56 pm

Candid Teacher Admits: I have no regrets; I feel free!!

Today was a highly anticipated day for me (and the entire staff and students) – it was the last day of school until September! Woohoo!  The students, of course, were antsy and unable to be tamed.  The staff was checked out.  And me, well I was thrilled!

Unfortunately, events we look forward to our often a bit of a let down, as it was for metoday.  I’m not sure what I expected, but there just wasn’t any sort of grand goodbye as I drove away from my school for the last time.  I didn’t need a party or confetti or lavish gifts, but some heartfelt words from parents or staff would have been nice.
Though I managed to make one friend who I’ll miss seeing frequently and I’ll always worry about my students, I can’t say I feel as though I’m leaving much behind.

On to bigger and better things, I hope!

Candid Teacher


It’s Official: I’m the luckiest person in the world! June 16, 2011

Filed under: Budget,education,teaching — candidteacher @ 11:23 pm

Candid Teacher Admits: I don’t know how it happened, but it’s OK with me.

As you know, I’ve been applying and interviewing for new jobs like crazy since I found out about losing my current job at the end of this school year.  My phone has been ringing constantly and I have been on interviews for 6 different districts.

3 of the districts offered me a job.

Offer 1- Literacy Coach – 1 year position working with teachers (not students) on the implementation of a new reading program.
Offer 2- First grade teacher – Teacher in a very upper class district with a no-nonsense principal; yikes!
Offer 3- Basic Skills Language Arts Literacy Teacher for a K-5 school.

Offer 1 was easy for me to turn down as I stated in a previous entry.  Offer 2 was intimidating in terms of the superintendent, principal, and the large amount of money offered.  Offer 3 was reasonable in monetary terms (though slightly less than Offer 2), and appealing in terms of community, staff, and job type.

The decision required very little thought.  I chose Offer 3.

I am already thrilled with this decision.  The other Basic Skills Language Arts Literacy Teacher has already spoken to me for a great length of time since getting the offer yesterday and has been so kind and welcoming.  I am immensely excited to begin working to set up my classroom over the summer!

Yours with giddiness,
Candid Teacher


2 out of 3? Maybe. June 8, 2011

Filed under: Budget,education,teaching,Uncategorized — candidteacher @ 9:21 pm

Candid Teacher Admits: I think I’m being selfish.

Last week I had 3 interviews. While I should be overjoyed that I’ve been fortunate to get even one interview, I am simply a frazzled mess instead. Perhaps I’m selfish or bratty. Please allow me to explain.

Interview #1– The position is a one-year grant funded position for a Literacy Coach, grades K-2. A Literacy Coach works with teachers and assesses students, but does not run lessons with students. I am a teacher primarily so I can work with students, and this position would put me in the exact same spot as I am now- looking for a new job. This school is 1 hour and 10 minutes West of me in the middle of no where.

Interview #2– I had a “screening” interview 2 weeks ago, a demonstration last week, and have a meeting with the superintendent next week. It is for teaching first grade. If you look back at my previous blogs about HATING being a classroom teacher and the long list of CONS about being a classroom teacher, you will see why this one makes my stomach turn. However, the district is very well-off and I would MOST LIKELY not be subject to lay offs. This school is 1 hour North of me.

Interview #3– I had one interview last week for a Reading Teacher position for a Middle School teacher. While children ages 11-13 (and older) scare the living crap out of me, I’d get to work with students in small groups. That is appealing to me and therefore makes this my first choice. This school is 45 minutes North West of me.

All three commutes are equal or worse than my current commute (goody). Since I haven’t been called for any other interviews (yet, I hope), that’s it for now. Nothing is a “perfect fit”, but beggars can’t be choosers. So here are the results…

-Interview #1 called me today and offered me the job. However, knowing that I am so close to getting the first grade teacher job (a meeting with a superintendent is usually a formality and the principal said, “I look forward to working with you next year”), I turned them down. It felt odd and was a bit upsetting to have to do, but I know I’d be miserable.

-My first choice, Interview #3, called me today and said I was their second choice but they have gone with another candidate. Darn. I asked them to keep me in mind if candidate #1 does not work out. I’d be OK with being second choice, they wouldn’t regret it!

-So, that leaves me with Interview #2, which would mean I’d be teaching first grade. However, this is the best option with the Reading Teacher position no longer available. Oh good grief.

Is it selfish of me to hope for the possibility of another Reading Specialist interview? I KNOW I would be miserable at the Literacy Coach job, but I’m terrified I’ll only be slightly less miserable as a first grade teacher. What am I going to do?

Candid Teacher


Hot, hot, hot! June 1, 2011

Filed under: education,just for fun,teaching — candidteacher @ 8:14 pm

Candid Teacher Admits: I like it hot, but this is going overboard.

In both elementary schools that I work in, my “room” used to be a storage closet.  Therefore it has no windows, no ventilation, and no air conditioning.  In addition to being illegal (I believe), it is honestly like being in hell for a few hours.  In one of the schools there is a small fan in the room, and I had a small fan in the other room as well but I had brought it back home for use in my apartment.  Without that, the air simply hangs and is so opressive that it is actually hard to breathe!

It was so bad yesterday afternoon that I had to take my students to the air conditioned (hallelujah!) faculty room for respite from the heat.  I also had to let them have drink breaks every 5-10 minutes.  I like it hot, but even I couldn’t take it.  My students were sweating through their shirts.

As one of my pudgier students said with labored breath, “That fan you had was good.  You should bring that back,”  Such wise words from a very sweaty 8-year-old.  I will heed his advice so that I don’t leave looking like a drowned rat yet again.

Candid Teacher