If you haven’t figured it out by now, I adore teaching. It is truly something I am passionate and I feel lucky to have found it. I was so excited last year because I found a school I fit in, a team I loved, a community I loved, and best of all… I wouldn’t have to go back to job hunting.
Early in our careers it seems like all we do is interview. As a new teacher, it is normal to get bounced around from school to school. Maybe you were a long-term sub, maybe they didn’t have the FTE to keep you, or maybe it just wasn’t the right fit for you. Whatever the reason to be, that probationary period really sucks. I hate that time of not being 100% sure if there is a job for me next year, if I will get renewed, if I’m doing all that I can be doing.
So naturally, that is where life has led me. Back to the interviewing stages. The worst part of this process, now, is that today everything is done electronically. Although it makes it more convenient, it’s hard to stand out from the 100s of applicants that are applying to the same job. As my mother has always said, “To know me is to love me!” And it’s true! I personally make the best impressions, at least professionally, is to meet me in person.
I remember my first interview right after student teaching. I was asked about RTI (response to intervention) and didn’t know the acronym. I was so nervous and right before the interview itself, my husband had accidentally taken my keys along with his to work. So I was stranded. Which left me knocking on my neighbors door in a panic asking awkwardly if I could borrow her car. I left that interview knowing instantly… “Welp, didn’t get that job!”
It can be a frustrating experience – especially when you know personally how good you are. You have been told from administrators, parents, students, and other colleagues. I by no means am perfect. I’m still very new and have no problem owning my mistakes. I have a lot to learn. But I want to learn. I’m eager and willing to learn. I’m passionate about teaching and want to grow as a teacher. I want to be that teacher students look back over the years and think to themselves, “Man, that Mrs. B really made an impact on me.”
I just went through my first interview experience while living in Michigan now. I loved the team. The superintendent acted very befuddled when I entered the office asking me, “Are you sure you’re in the right place? Who told you to come here? What position?” Which left my heart beating and me in a panic knowing my interview was in 8 minutes. He then cut himself off, ” — hahah I’m just kidding! They’ll be right with you!”
The community is small. I like that. The people were nice. The superintendent was involved and made connections. Unfortunately, I did not get the position. But that is not to say I didn’t make connections I could use in the future. They gave me a lot of positive feedback and it just came down to best fit.
My husband reminds me that it all happens for a reason. I believe that. I have to believe that. But it still doesn’t make it any less disappointing or frustrating. Time will tell. It always does. And I know I will look back and be like, “Isn’t it funny how things worked out?” Now that I’m settled and I at least got one interview under my belt, it’s easier for me to stay positive. Hopefully that perfect job is just around the corner. Until then, I’ll keep chugging along! 🙂