Most of you know I have been working as a 'freelance' substitute teacher the past 2 years in our local schools. During that time I soon found out there was one elementary school in particular I loved to work in and I felt very at home there. I have also developed some good friendships with the staff in this particular school and liking the people you work with and for, is crucial I think.
I also knew that if the School Secretary ever left it would be my perfect job and all my previous work experience would make it a very comfortable fit. Well 2 weeks ago she quit and so I applied and then kept everything firmly crossed. This is a job I have regularly substituted at both the Elementary and the High School, so I was hopeful I would have a good chance.
I got it! :-)
The new Principal, a very friendly, professional and enthusiastic lady called me this afternoon and after discussion we agreed terms. I am delighted and very excited and I am certain we will make a good team as I think we share similar working ethics and standards. It will also be fun to be working together both new in our roles and being able to change things up to suit the way she wants to run things. Although she is the 'new' Principal, she was promoted from 5th grade teacher, so we already know, respect and like each other.
Other big advantages from my point of view are it's just 7 miles from home on empty roads, the office is really nice, I get school hours and holidays, plus a 10mth contract although I can choose to work in June/July if I want to. Considering I need time to return to the UK every few years, or to be here when my mum comes for a month....this works brilliantly.
I will be starting in the next week, just doing half days in June to prepare for the new school year and then I will take July off to be with my mum.
I waited 2yrs before I plunged back into a full time job, but this was deliberate having had the 'big' career back in the UK. This time it was all about a nice job, that was well within my capabilities, with nice people and not too much stress. It took time to find the right thing, but I have no doubts whatsoever this job is it and I am very happy.
So no more substituting puking Pre-K'ers for moi, I will now be the one calling in some other unsuspecting sub' to do the dirty work! ;-)