“You’ll never find a job in this market, just stay in school for as long as you can!”
“You will have to go to that dreaded teacher interview day, it’s like Black Friday for teachers!”
“You will have to go to interview after interview and probably have to work for a school you don’t even want to work for.”
“First there is transfer period then there is pool then there is…”
These are all statements I heard from people upon graduating from the college of education. Did I let it get me down. No way! I was too excited to start my life, and start my journey of teaching…I mean that’s what I paid big bucks for anyways. Those harsh statements did not stop me from sending out resumes and getting my name out there.
Half way into May, I received an email from a professor about an opening at a wonderful school here in Tampa that I had interned at for my first internship. My best friend had also gotten a job at this school following her final internship this semester (see people do get jobs!). She wanted to know if I would be interested in applying at this wonderful school. I jumped all over this opportunity, as I had no idea there were any openings. A week later I was interviewing, and two weeks later I had my follow up interview.
At the follow up interview, I was offered a job as the 4/5s (preschool) teacher. These children have most likely been in this school since they were babies, so they are familiar with the routines of attending a school setting. My job is to teach them to read, and most importantly have fun with them. I am so excited about this opportunity, these preschoolers are going to be wrapped in my arms this next year and guided in every right direction. I can’t wait to shape them into phenomenal kindergarteners.