Today I am linking up with Carrie at Being Ladylike to share the story of how I first came to the classroom!
Here's the story of how I landed in my first teaching job and how I ended up in the job I have today. I student taught during the fall of my senior year in a fourth grade class in central Illinois near Illinois Wesleyan, the liberal arts college I was attending. I had originally wanted to teach second or third grade, but after my first day in fourth grade, I was completely hooked. I knew this was the grade for me! Student teaching was an amazing experience for me and was truly one of the highlights of college. I finished student teaching and felt 100% prepared to embark on my first teaching job.
|My Student Teaching Classroom|
|LOVED student teaching!|
In the spring of 2009, I was finishing my last semester in college and frantically applying for teaching jobs anywhere within a 1 hour drive of my parents' house in the Chicago suburbs. I would open Google Maps in one side of my screen, zoom into the Chicago area, and look for names of different suburbs. In the other side of the screen, I would google the suburbs to find their school districts then record them in a spreadsheet of "districts to apply." That spreadsheet got pretty lengthy!! I remember sitting at my favorite coffee house with another ed major friend and filling out application after application. Exhausting!
In mid April, I got a call for my first building interview at a school in that district. I interviewed there twice before they ended up hiring a student teacher from the building, but the good news is that the principal passed my name along to two other principals in the district. I interviewed at both the same day the next week--the first went decently, and the second was a complete TRAINWRECK. They had asked me to come in and teach a lesson COLD to a group of *rowdy* 5th graders. After that, we did a panel interview. By that point I was so exhausted by the frustrating lesson that I rushed through the interview, talking a mile a minute, just trying to get it done because I was sure I wasn't getting this job. That afternoon, the first school called me and said they were hiring someone else, and I was a little bummed out as I was sure that if I were to get one of the jobs it would be that one. Lo and behold though, that night I missed a call and had a voicemail waiting for me from school #2, the interview I bombed. They were offering me a job! I needed some time to think about it because I had also applied to the Peace Corps at the time, but a few days later I accepted my first job teaching 5th grade. Phew!
|Thanks Mom & Dad!|
|Me & Katy, my ed major BFF|
I graduated two weeks later with a secure job, ready to take on my first year teaching.
|My first bulletin board :)|
My first year was all sorts of awful, but I made it through and things got waaaay better. That is, until they were not so great anymore. I taught in that position for three years before we got a new principal who cleaned house and RIFed a few non-tenured teachers. I was devastated at the time, but in the end everything worked out better than I could have hoped.
|My boxed-up 5th grade classroom...onto the next adventure!|
|Time to dust off that interview suit...|
|My 3/4 classroom :)|