Messy Hands

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May 24 2012

48 hours

In just 48 hours it is crazy what has happened. Originally I was placed in Elementary Ed, got everything ready for that. Finished all the Praxis exams my January, started to gather materials…had what felt like way to many skype interviews. It began to get exhausting having a skype interview then hearing nothing…and I began questioning whether I was ever going to be placed!

Last week on the Mississippi Delta FB there was a post saying they needed more art teachers and if you had a background to think about it. I did just that. I love art. Always have. Didn’t major in it in college- but took art classes all the time. I had an internship at the Georgia O’Keeffe museum…I love art. After a day of soul searching should I consider changing my placement I sent out an email saying I would be interested, just had a few questions. I never got a response from that e-mail so I just assumed my art background wasn’t extensive enough. But on Monday night I recieved an e-mail from a principal asking if I was interested in the open art teacher position. It was a high school art position. Very opposite of the elementary position I had in my head since November. I decided since it was to late to call I would sleep on it and decide what to do in the morning.

I woke up eager as ever to call the principal and for me that was enough to know that I needed to call and set up an interview. Since I was little one of my aunts has always talked about signs and looking for signs and I couldn’t help it when this came up. It was stupid little things like the Principals last name being my moms maiden name or the name of the town being the same name as the town I worked in all through college. So I set up an interview that morning…for three hours later.

I did the interview and knew I loved the school and what they were doing and that I thought I had a good match. BUT I had interviews before where I felt good about it so I continued on my day without getting my hopes up. I drafted a thank you e-mail but didn’t send it until early the next morning.

At about 10am I got a call that they wanted to hire me! I was so excited (still am)! I really do think it’s going to be a good fit and while art wasn’t what I had origionally been placed in the more and more I think about it the more excited I get.

Now the stressful part….another Praxis exam!! Oh and I have to take it on June 9th. Thats 16 days to prepare. So a little panic has set in…since 10 of those day’s I’m on a road trip down to the Delta and 4 I am at induction. But I’m excited for my placement and ready to do whatever I can to pass this exam!

I just wish I could nap first.

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    Becoming a teacher all the way to the classroom.

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