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Oct 02 2011

A Little Bit of Background

This week I finally got into a classroom, YAY! Of course, because these things can never be easy, there is trouble brewing. I haven’t been writing much (practically at all) because there’s been very little to say. I got hired, and then things sort of fell out of place.

I’ve been hired by a network of schools that is not based in New York. New York is their newest region, and they are trying to expand rapidly. All of this sounded wonderful to me during the interview process, because they prefer to hire school administrators up from within the ranks of their teachers, rather than from the outside. To me this meant that after my official commitment I would probably stay on in the hopes of becoming an AP and potentially a Principal, in in order to better understand how a school is run, and how a school system works together, so that I can pursue my long-term plans with a lot more experience and knowledge. There is nothing to say that this will not happen, however, at the moment I would be hard pressed to say that I still see it that way.

I was originally hired as a lead teacher for a specific school site, however it quickly became apparent that they did not have an open position for me. On Monday, when my orientation began, I still had not been told what school site I was moving to, although I was finally able to get the information by the end of the day. On Tuesday, I arrived at my new site to observe and to be introduced to the procedures of the school, my assistant teacher, and my classroom, only to discover that this new site also did not have a place for me. In the middle of the day, the HR manager came to the school to tell me that on Thursday I would begin teaching at yet another site.

On Thursday, having been given no information about what time I should arrive, or really anything else, I got to my new school to be greeted with confusion. No one had been told I was coming, that I was supposed to be teaching there, or any other pertinent information. I was placed in a classroom for the time being, and told that everything would be addressed soon…

At the moment, I do not have a permanent position, or my own classroom, but I am in a classroom, and (I keep telling myself) that’s the most important thing. Hopefully everything will work itself out over the next few days as I meet with the HR coordinator and TFA talks things over with the school.

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