Friday, August 20, 2010

Job interview

I went to my job interview in south Ogden today. I got lost on my way there and had to call and have the secretary guide me to it! I made it, 24 minutes late, but I made it.
The interview itself went pretty well. He was quite understanding about the whole getting lost part. He asked several questions and I answered them to the best of my ability. Good interview practice! I had several questions ready for him as well.
What I know about the job is:
*They just posted the job Monday because it was an unexpected position.
*It is for a 5th/6th split class. 12 5th graders and 14 6th graders.
*The students in this class aren't "advanced" per se, but they are your higher end kids that can work independently.
*I would teach both the 5th & 6th grade curriculum. 6th grade doesn't worry me since I just did it, but I am unfamiliar with the 5th grade curriculum.
*I would have to teach all my own "specials" (pe, art, etc.). This doesn't bother me since I had to do it at the charter school. But, it is nice to get a break for part of a day to catch my breath and get ready for the next part of the day. Or, like I had last year - planning time with my colleagues.
*I would work with 2 women (5th grade) and 2 men (6th grade) to accomplish my grade level goals.
*The principal is a man. This would be a nice change after working for 2 women and dealing with all that drama.
*There are just under 500 kids in the school. Only 1/2 day kindergarten is offered.
*The position begins Monday and the kids start on Wednesday.
*Weber district starts their step 1 teachers out at just over $33,000/yr. + benefits. Last year I was either a step 3 or 4 (I can't remember). So, I would be looking at between $33,000 and $35,000/yr. + benefits.
*It isn't too far from the school I was at last year. About the same drive time but further south a bit. The population of kids ranges from "hill kids" to a few transient kids. Not a high turn over rate and lots of parent support.
*Weber district does NOT require their teachers to get their ESL endorsement. Which means even though I'm half way through, I wouldn't have to finish it. However, I don't know that if I do want to finish it if they'd pay for it.

So, now that I know a bit more about the job. I've decided I'd actually probably really, really like the job. Which is funny because I didn't want to apply for it (I almost didn't) and I really, really don't want to go back to work. They said they'd let me know today. So, guess we'll see & then go from there!

May the gods of fate not sneek out and bite you in the behind!

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