Saturday, August 14, 2010

Still trying to catch my breath!

Today was a pretty huge day for me. Well, it didn't start out to be a big thing. Actually early this morning I was propped up on the exam table at my gynecologist's office. Oh yeah. You know I was so very thrilled about that. ha ha!

No, the "huge" part started at 1:30 this afternoon. I had my interview for the new job I was considering. All of the other interviews I've done with the school district have lasted 20-30 minutes tops. So when I left, I told my mom (who was staying with the kids) to expect me back home by 2:00 or shortly after. That didn't happen. In fact, I wasn't home by 3:00. Or 4:00. (God bless my sweet mom for being flexible & willing to help!!)

When I drove up to the building before the interview I was still freaking out a little bit. I pulled out my phone & texted Larry & a girlfriend who had texted me earlier to tell me that she was praying for me. And then I went in, praying that I was doing the right thing. I've been so torn about this whole job hunt thing for the last few weeks so I was still a little unsure of how I felt. The truth is, I didn't start this summer with plans of looking for a job. So when this happened, it was a little bit of a shocker. We've always hoped that I'd one day get my foot in the door with the school district, but I guess I really thought it would never happen, so I wasn't expecting it. I've spent the past several days praying about it & reading my Bible for Scriptural back up....looking for verses to give me a feeling one way or the other about the job and in the end, I was still just really up in the air & undecided how I felt, even down to the last minute when I walked into the building.

I sat down at the table with the principal & the teacher I'll mostly be working with and proceeded to get information overload. For the better part of 90 minutes, they told me about the program, what my job would entail, how everything works, etc. I sat there nodding & saying "uh huh, yes, ok...." a lot but never really told them about myself. I kept thinking that they were going to have questions for me, but along the way when I'd comment on things they just smiled & laughed & said how well I would fit in & how cool it would be for me to do this job. I don't think they really intended to interview me as much as they wanted to beg me to take the job. ha ha! In the end, the principal pulled out some hiring paperwork & with her pen hovering over the dotted line she asked if I was still interested & whether or not she could start the paperwork. It was at that point I said "uhhhh....I think you should know that I have zero experience with teenagers....and to be honest they kind of scare me a little." They both just smiled & said that was fine. ha ha! Hmm...I guess they like me. The principal & I went down to the administrative building to sign some papers & get an estimate of my salary & poof...just like that I was an employee of the local school district.

I'm still kind of digesting the whole thing. It all happened so fast. I'm a little stunned that they offered me the job on the spot. I knew they'd have to make a quick decision, but that was really quick!

When I got home I had to make the sad phone calls to my current boss & the sub who will take over my class next week for the final week of summer school while I go and begin work at the new job. My boss was sad, but she understood. No surprises! Even after making those phone calls, it just doesn't seem real. I know this is a new season of life for me and one I will fall in love with quickly....but I'm still trying to catch my breath for now.


Candice said...

Yay! How exciting! Hope everything falls into place as you learn your new job.

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS!!! - you will love working for WISD : )

Lisa@Blessedwithgrace said...

Very excited for you. I KNOW how scary it is to take that step toward something so knew and unknown. I love how the interview turned into them hiring you -so quick. Too know how eager they are to have you must be a comfort.
I can't wait to read more as the job begins.