Post # 1
So I graduated from college last May with a degree in elementary education. My area is SATURATED with teachers trying to find jobs because of the current job market…but also because we live at the beach and people go to college here and then want to stay after graduation and our university has a really good education program.
I took a job right after graduation as a preschool teacher (3 year old class) at a REALLY nice daycare, hoping that it would only be a short-term thing. Well after a handful of interviews in the fall, I’m still at my same job. Now let me mention that teaching children this young is SO HARD AND EXAUSTING…but in a different way than I’m used to. I LOVE LOVE LOVE kindergarten/first grade (interned in kindergarten) and I miss standing in front of the class and teaching, or having small group instruction for reading. That’s just not realistic to do with kids this small. A lot of people think I’m equivalent to a babysitter (which drives me NUTS), but we do have a curriculum to teach using themed lessons AND my co-teacher and myself have FOURTEEN 3 year olds at once! WOW!
Anyway, there’s a small charter school looking for a long-term 2nd grade substitute for the rest of the school year. This would give me some great experience and it would be a nice change. I got a call to come in for an interview next Thursday afternoon. I’m excited but trying not to get my hopes up too high. He said there were 35 original applicants so the fact I got called in for an interview is positive!
Send happy thoughts/prayers my way :))
Post # 3
Good luck! Happy thoughts and prayers are being sent your way…..as well as crossing my fingers for you:)
Post # 4
Congrats on even getting the interview…it’s so tough out there! I’m not sure if you need any advice (stop reading now if you don’t…I won’t be offended!), but here are some things I learned while interviewing for teaching jobs a few years ago…
Know the school’s mission statement inside and out, and be prepared to talk about how it aligns with your philosophy. Also be ready to talk about how you as a teacher fit the mission statement. Charter schools pride themselves on their “visions,” so the committee is looking for people that care about the direction of its particular school.
Know the school’s stats so you can be ready with solid info when the committee asks why you want to work there (“I would really like to work in a bigger/smaller school and I know that you have around X students”). If the school has a website, familiarize yourself with it so that you have positive things to say in the interview, as well as relevant questions to ask.
If the committee invites questions (you’ll get a “feel” for whether or not they actually want questions), a good one to ask is, “When is your charter up for renewal? You don’t want to be hired there only to find out that the place has lost its charter. You can usually tell by the reaction to the question if there is going to be a problem with renewal.
Big smile, firm handshake, confident posture, flawless shoes (not expensive, just clean and in good shape), and a professional-but-friendly outfit/hairdo. A little color is usually good!
A lot of candidates will view this as “just” a sub job, so they won’t do this stuff/bring their A-games. If you do, you’ll be head and shoulders above a lot of them.