job hunting woes…

16 Aug

So, I’m still not doing very well at keeping this updated. THE job at THE school that I interviewed for obviously didn’t happen. I think that Principal ended up interviewing like 15+ people for that job, and I’m still not completely convinced that she wasn’t just letting all us NTL people interview to get the practice. I just heard that the person who ended up getting the position was the person that had an aide position at that school all last year. So, it all makes sense.

My first REAL interview went AWESOME! It was with a principal and 2 assistant principal’s and I really think we all hit it off. In fact, I knew that they’d called 3 of my references by the next morning and I think I ended up being one of the 3 picks that ended up getting sent to the Superintendent’s office. Unfortunately, I never heard from the Supe. I’m not even a teacher yet and I’m already a victim of educational beauracracy!

The Principal even ended up calling me and telling me that they liked me so much and wanted me in the school and she offered me not just one, but potentially 2 long-term subbing contracts for teachers that were having babies. I was really jazzed about this, because I’d be starting the first day of school with that class and it would be such a great experience for me personally and for my resume.

Unfortunately, the NTL certification process and Public School policy conspired to prohibit me from taking that sweet gig from a cash standpoint. Oh, the district could bend their rules enough that they’d let me do the job, but not enough pay me the $146/day they’d normally pay a long-term sub. I could do the job, but they’d only pay me $73/day. Holly and I are good at living cheap, and I’ve made that much in a day, but that day is usually only about 2-4 hours long and I still have time to go do something else to make some more $$ elsewhere. So, with great frustration and disappointment, I’m holding off of that job even though I really want to work with those folks.

I had another short interview just the other day and I know the principal just got approved for some additional positions. I felt like the interview went ok, but 20 minutes isn’t much time for me to REALLY impress the principal with just how great a teacher I’ll be.

So, I’m sitting on pins and needles hoping to get a phone call tomorrow. If that doesn’t happen, I don’t know what’s next. School starts on Monday and many people keep telling me that schools end up adding teachers/classes after school starts when they see their enrollment. I’d take that if it comes to it, but I’d sure like to get the call tomorrow so I can 1)Stop obsessing 2) Start preparing to teach a classroom!

That’s it for now. I’ll let you know.


Posted by on August 16, 2006 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “job hunting woes…

  1. Anonymous

    August 16, 2006 at 12:46 pm

    Father God, Thank you for the servants that Derek and Holly are. Thank you for their beautiful family. Thank you that they can trust You and know that You are in control of all things. Help Derek to lean on You in this time, knowing that You long to provide for His family. I pray that You provide a wonderful job for this wonderful family, and that you use this time to reveal more of Yourself to them. In Your Holy Name ~ Amen

  2. bill mcneal

    August 16, 2006 at 1:29 pm

    Right on! If I was a middle-schooler, I’d want the shack teaching my class for sure! Maybe one day, they’ll make a TNT or Lifetime movie about your unorthodox teaching style and how you made a bunch of unlikely kids academic champions by playing your guitar to illustrate a lesson! Woo Hoo!

    It’ll be like Stand and Deliver. (Hopefully not The Substitute, though)

    Good luck. We’re thinking about you guys.

  3. Holly

    August 30, 2006 at 9:03 pm

    Did you just use the word “JAZZED”? Did no one else notice this?!!!


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