Monday, September 18, 2006

opportunity for self-reflection

I didn't get the job. I didn't even get interviewed. I'm beginning to wonder if I want to be a teacher for the rest of my life. What kind of a profession is it when the more experience & education I have, the less likely I am to be hired (because I'm too expensive according to contract laws)? Damn that Master's degree.

9 Comments:

Blogger United We Lay said...

I'm in the same position you are, and have no idea if I'm going to find a job when I start looking in January. It's pretty terrifying, really. But...

You are a born teacher. We are born, hoiney, not made, and you have the gift. This is your calling. You know it, I know it, and so do your students. Think about how many of them have benefited from your knowledge and experience. It's all about struggle and heartache, that's true, but that's why it's a calling and not just a job. Stick with it. You'll be fine.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Kari and Randy said...

J,
I am sorry to hear that you didn't even get an interview. I truly believe that the world is unfolding the way it is meant to----and that your experience and utmost compassion for teaching will lead you to where you are meant to be. Hang in there.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Thanks. At least I get a couple extra months to watch the littlest one as he grows from a newborn to an infant.

7:56 PM  
Blogger notsocranky said...

I'm sorry to hear that. I'm sure everything will work out for the best. You never know what is waiting for you around the corner. Don't be discouraged and take care --

4:31 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

sorry you didn't get an interview. i feel your pain on that one, sweets. and i know exactly how you feel with the "is this really what i want to do" thing. i'm wrestling with that right now. shame that they can't see what they have in you, and how lucky they would be to have you at their school. shame they don't see that education and experience are important, and you would be better than some BA teacher. shame they are too cheap to care about the students' education.

big hugs, chica! hang in there

12:08 PM  
Blogger James said...

Sorry to hear about that. Sadly, many districts would rather save a few bucks than hire the best they can get. Keep your cup half full attitude, though and enjoy the time with your kids.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Stormmaster said...

Don't grieve too much - they didn't deserve you! Enjoy the time with your two little ones. Take care.

5:17 AM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

so what's the solution? do the contract laws needto be changed? why do the districts balk at paying a teacher fair compensation, but have no problems spending six figures on administrators?

yeharr

7:45 AM  
Blogger mal said...

The OH had the same problem when we lived in California and it was the reason I was the major bread winner for years. It was also a driving force behind our move to Minnesota.

The OH tried to do other things but was truly gifted as a teacher and was happiest there. Those who have the avocation are really needed. I hope you hang in *S*

7:49 AM  

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