Thank you all for your words of advice regarding the TA position I blogged about last week. After the interview Friday, I was feeling really good about taking the position. The AP called me yesterday to inform me that he's just finishing contacting my references, but that he's "looking at" me. So, this should be great news BUT... a new wrench was thrown into the mix.
I received an email over the weekend inviting me to interview for a teaching position at another district. I had no idea what the position entailed (not even the subject as it was no longer posted), but I do know that people have a less-than-favorable opinion of this district. In fact, I've said myself that I would never work in or send my children to these schools (I lived in the district prior to moving to Louisiana). Joel's brother and sister grew up attending one of the other middle schools in the district and warned me that this school is where all the "badass" kids come from. They were full of stories about fights and weapons... great, huh?
I immediately started having flashbacks to the beginning of school last year. If you don't recall, there were LOTS of tears and "I can't do this!" cries. I know this school is far from meeting AYP, and I'm okay with that. I can teach what my friend Elaine calls "Sweet and Low" students. But I have to be honest and tell you that I have NO desire to deal with the discipline issues I encountered last year. I don't want to be a warden; I want to TEACH! Add to this the fact that school had already begun, meaning I start the year at a disadvantage, and I was feeling anxious all weekend.
I met with the principal this morning, who is also new to the district, and I'm happy to say that I really liked her. I think because I wasn't worried about "impressing" her, I 100% honest about my beliefs about homework policies and other expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that she agreed with my opinions completely.
She told me straightforward that I present myself very well in an interview (something I already know about myself),
and I know she's already started contacting my references. She just sent me an email saying she completed my paperwork and is sending it on to HR for final approval. And I still don't know what I'm going to do!
Take the salaried teaching position in a high-stress environment, or play it safe with the TA job that will be a stepping stone into a full-time position in a district I love?