Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Looks Like I'm Going to Be "Miss David" Again

Posted by Lara at 9:53 PM
Thank you, everyone, for your kind words of support for our anonymous writer. Very tough situation, obviously, but I hope she feels a little less alone in it now that we've all shared her burden a bit. And remember - the space is available for anyone, any time. All you have to do is ask.

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So, that whole employment thing. Many of you have asked why I lost the nanny job I had before. Yes, I was very happy there - that wasn't the problem. Unfortunately, for various reasons, I'm not at liberty to discuss what happened with that job. (And no, it's not nearly as scandalous as that makes it sound.)

No matter what the reasons, I suddenly found myself in need of a job. One of the first things that occurred to me was to ask my dear friend Tpiglette if her school - she's a high school chemistry teacher - had any openings. Turns out I didn't even need to ask, because as soon as she heard I was out of a job, she said, "My school still has a couple English positions open!" I filled out an application, and apparently they were very impressed, asking to meet with me. I interviewed with them yesterday afternoon, and it went very well. At least, I thought it went very well.

No one can claim I didn't look good.

Turns out I was wrong - it did not go "very well." Actually, it went something more like "fan-damn-tastically well," since I got a call today offering me a contract. Yes, less than two weeks after losing one job, I already got another. Much like how less than two weeks after I needed a new place to live, I had already found one. Yes, things have been falling into place remarkably well around here, thank the Lord.

The school is a Christian high school, and I'm looking forward to the challenge of integrating Biblical teachings along with literature, grammar, and vocabulary. I'll be teaching tenth grade honors world literature, which makes me significantly happier than when I had to teach American literature a couple years ago. I may also be teaching something else in addition - I'll be meeting with the principal tomorrow to talk about the specifics more in detail.

Now some of you may be thinking, "But wait! Didn't you just say that you didn't think you were going to go back to teaching high school?" Yes, I did express some uncertainty in that post, that's true. But losing my nanny job gave me a good chance to reevaluate my plans, and I realized I'm a lot better prepared to be in the classroom now than I was before. I don't feel like quite so much of a sham trying to mold young minds, now that I actually know who I am and what I want out of life. And I'm excited to return to my passion for literature and grammar and all the other geeky stuff that we English teachers get all hot and bothered about.

And of course, there are the more tangible perks, too: Tpiglette will be my colleague, and my classroom is about 100 yards from Batman's office.

Woot!

27 comments:

tpiglette on 10:52 PM said...

YAYYYYYYYY!!!
WOOHOOOOOO!!!
WHEEEEEEEE!!!
Just in case it wasn't clear how excited I am when I talked to you earlier. ;)

I am sooooo exciteddddd to have you at our school!!! YAY!!!!!

(P.S. I don't teach chemistry anymore. This past year I only taught math. :) )

franz said...

Wow, that's so awesome! Congrats!

Hilariously, you wrote "fan-damn-tastically well" only a few lines before "I'm looking forward to the challenge of integrating Biblical teachings along with literature, grammar, and vocabulary". I might recommend against using your blog as an example of said integration.

Mrs. Chili on 3:19 AM said...

DAMN, Girl! Congratulations! You're going to have to do some serious blogging - I want to live vicariously through you (because I DON'T want to teach in a high school, but your course sounds GREAT!).

How about you send some of that good job mojo to California Teacher Guy? Poor man's in need of some synchronicity...

Jackie on 5:19 AM said...

Congrats! Sounds like everything is happening just as it should.

lspoon on 5:22 AM said...

That's wonderful news!

And I love your outfit! :)

Maggie on 5:29 AM said...

You DID look great! And CONGRATULATIONS! That is awesome news -- way to go!

Mayberry on 7:55 AM said...

Congratulations, Miss D.!

Guilty Secret on 8:21 AM said...

Congratulations :)

I knew things would be looking up again soon...

betsy on 8:37 AM said...

Welcome to the ranks!

You will find it very different from student teaching- the paycheck being just one of them.

Long hours, my dear. Long, long hours your first year, but well worth it. Do as much prep now as possible- get ahold of that scope and sequence and memorize it. Plan accordingly.

OK, enough with the advice! COngratulations!!!!!

Ashley on 8:48 AM said...

Con-freaking-grats!

How exciting!!

Lindz on 10:28 AM said...

Yay congrats! We can be high school teachers together. Oh and your outfit was positively hip English teacher to the nines. Touche!

When do you start? Do you get a summer at all to plan?

seven on 11:14 AM said...

Yay! That sounds like a great job for you. And you are too cute in your argyle sweater. :)

William on 12:45 PM said...

Okay, this is getting downright eerie.

All this unmitigated optimism is putting me off kilter. Who are you, and what have you done with the person I met at Natalie's wedding? =P

alyndabear on 1:23 PM said...

Congratulations on your new job, girly. You looked so cute and I'm Thrilled for you!

Michelle S. on 4:42 PM said...

Wow! Yay! Congratulations! That is all so fantastic. Especially the part about being so close to Batman. Yay! Did I mention Yay?! Seriously it must be a private school given how quickly that worked out...well that and the mention of Bible stuff.

Yay!

BetteJo on 5:05 PM said...

Well hot damn you are good! Not much time to develop any old fashioned self-pity to wallow in or anything. Amazing! Very happy things are all looking up!
(just don't grade my blog, my grammar is terrible!)

Mocha on 5:06 PM said...

My comment died. It was of the congratulatory nature.

I'll add a WHOOOPPEEEE for fun, ok?

xo

Graham on 5:29 PM said...

Congratulations! It sounds wonderful.

pincushionpoints on 5:52 PM said...

Woohoo! I am very excited for you. Good job.

I have something for you and I need your new address. Can you please e-mail it?

Dee on 8:38 PM said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity!

Trina on 8:32 AM said...

So busy with happenings in my own life I've neglected reading your blog for a few weeks. Man, what a few weeks to miss! I confess, I went back and every every single post to catch up. I am so glad things are looking up for you. What an awesome place to find yourself in, facing some serious crap, and completely able to deal. I know I don't really "know" you, and that this is going to sound incredibly condescending, but I am really proud of you. Silver lining can be hard for anyone to find, and you found a boatload :)

gnomesque on 12:40 PM said...

Congrats, Lara! I'm so glad things are looking up for you. I hope you enjoy the new job.

Julie on 6:25 PM said...

HOOOORAYYYYYYY!!

:)
So happy for you!

Tense Teacher on 6:27 PM said...

Oh, I'm so excited for you, and there is no doubt in my mind that none of this is an accident or coincidence. You are going to be great... again! Oooh, and we can swap trade secrets!

Congratulations!

Miss A on 8:26 PM said...

Congratulations, COLLEAGUE! I am so proud of you. High school may not be that bad . . . just think, there will be a lot of laughs along the way!

CaliforniaTeacherGuy on 5:45 AM said...

I'm so happy for you, Lara! Job searches should always be this short and end in such a satisfying way. Congratulations!

Paulette Foley on 10:28 AM said...

Hi, found your blog through another and have been reading it for about an hour...very thought provoking and entertaining and I love the "rental space"...we also have something in common. I teach Social Studies at a Christian High School. I'm bookmarking you.

 

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