If you follow me on twitter then this is old news, but for all my blogger only buddies...I did it!
I applied for a new position in my district.
Not only that, but my interview is in the morning!
I've had many people ask why? Do I want out of the classroom? Do I not enjoy teaching anymore? The truth is that one of my biggest drawbacks of applying is that I DO love teaching and that I DON'T want to leave the classroom, but I decided I have to look at the bigger picture.
The job that I'm applying for is a Reading Specialist. I would still be teaching, but only reading to a small percentage of students who need the extra instruction so that they may become proficient readers. I would also be helping other teachers learn more effective reading practices they could use in their classrooms. I would be touching the lives of way more students than just the ones in my room.
I love reading!! And I love teaching reading and watching the kids eyes light up as they are telling me about what they read. Reading is power! It can take you places. I want to see kids reading books, going places and discovering things that they may never otherwise get the chance to experience.
So after much hemming, hawwing, fretting, praying, and talking to friends and family I decided to go for it and apply for the job.
Having a specialist job would also be a great step towards my ultimate goal of one day being a principal. When I first began teaching, I really did not have a desire to go into administration. Dave thought otherwise. He would tell me how I would get tired of teaching after awhile and would want something more because that is just how I am. Ok. So I guess he was right. Shh. Don't tell him I just said that. I am in no hurry to get there, but I do realize that if this opportunity to move a little closer and still be able to teach is right before me, then I have to at least try. Right?
So tomorrow is the big day. The interview! I haven't interviewed in over 5 years and I'm pretty scared. The new position has many new initiatives tied into the job description that I am not completely trained on. I've just spent the past 5 hours updating the resume, the portfolio, and reading powerpoints to get me caught up. I'm beginning to feel more confident.
But I won't turn away any prayers that you send my way in the morning...say around 8:45!!!
I'll keep you posted!!