11 June 2009

Boldly Going

I've had something in the works recently that I chose not to write about until now.

About three weeks ago, while reading the church bulletin after Mass, I noticed that the local Catholic high school was looking to fill two full-time teaching positions in their English department.

I ain't stupid. I know when Unseen Forces Are At Work.

After talking with Frank, Evan, Flynn, my mom and sister and various friends, I came to the conclusion that it was time for me to return to teaching full-time. Or at the very least try.

So I began the many-hooped process of seeking out a teaching job in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria and sent off a cover letter and resume to the high school's principal.

Last week I went in for an interview and came out with a fire in my belly and a desire to teach I hadn't felt in a very long time.

Yesterday I was called in for my second interview to meet with the school's chaplain (who is on his way to a new assignment) and again speak with the school's principal and vice principal.

When he said, "If we don't offer you the position, would you consider substitute teaching here? We really like to have certified teachers as subs." I thought, "Uh-oh." And I came home feeling not nearly as confident as I had the week before.

Boy, am I glad my intuition was wrong.

I am now the Junior English teacher. I was offered the position this morning, which I very gladly accepted (then did a Very Happy Dance).

"I knew you'd get it." said my pleased-as-punch son.

Now the real work begins: putting together syllabi (I'll have 2 preps: regular & honors American Lit.), devising writing assignments (BelleNoelle, I may be seeking out your hubby's advice), making contact with my department members, finishing up the application process for the Diocese (which involves making sure they receive a copy of my teaching certificate and some other paperwork), and putting together a school wardrobe. And purchasing a laptop.

So. Onward and upward I go.


Catch Her in the Wry said...

Congrats on the job! It's great that they recognized your superior qualifications - i.e. prolific reader and excellent writer. I'm sure the students will benefit from someone who is so excited about reading, writing,and teaching.

Tracy said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy that the opportunity came up, and that you are excited about the return to teaching.

the sandwich life said...


Leighann of Multi-Minding Mom said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news. Sounds like the stars did align.

Anna Cech said...


Mrs. Chicken said...

Good for you! I am so happy.

ps - you TOTALLY need a macbook. :)

lbotp said...

Super Congrats! How wonderfully amazing that things worked out so nicely.

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Sulking.. said...

Just saw this..late as usual. Yay! Congratulations! The husband would be happy to help I'm sure. Call me, I'm not on the computer much these days.

Jenna said...

Congrats! I am soooo happy I went back to teaching again. Best wishes.