I had an interview today at a Middle School in Cherry Creek. It is the third interview I’ve had in Cherry Creek, out of 10-12 positions I’ve applied for. I’ve applied for Severe Affective Needs (BD), Learning Specialist (LD) and Individualized Learning Community (ILC). I’ve interviewed for 1 position in Douglas County, even though I’ve applied for almost 30 positions (SSN and Mild/Moderate). All of these positions are teaching positions and I am qualified for all of them. In fact, I have my Master’s Degree in Special Education and graduated with a 3.97 GPA. I have a B.A. in English and a minor in History. On top of all that, I have 13 credit hours in Early Childhood Education. I also have 4 years of experience teaching preschool and 4 years of experience working with kids with special needs as a paraprofessional.
Why haven’t I had more interviews in Douglas County? I have no clue. So, let’s ask the question a bit differently. Why am I getting calls from Cherry Creek? I had a great interview today. It was supposed to be a 30 minute interview and it lasted for almost an hour. The principal came in during the interview, interrupting things, and asking me several questions. The interviewers and I laughed with the Principal (she introduced herself as the “Office Manager”) and the AP (Assistant Principal) told the Principal that I had researched the curriculum they used (which I had and am VERY excited about it). It was probably the best interview I’ve ever had. As a result, when they asked if I had any questions, I asked, why me? Why did they choose to interview me? What was it about my resume that caught their attention?
The AP seemed surprised at my question. At the beginning of the interview I learned we were both from Illinois and he was familiar with CLC (College of Lake County) where I went for my early childhood education classes. His first teaching position was as a long-term sub in Milwaukee. He told me that my grades were really good, my answers to the TeacherInsight poll (an online test given to teachers by school districts to help predict a teacher’s ability to help students grow) were good. But he couldn’t quite give me an answer. So, I figured I’d lay it all on the line and tell him why I was asking. I told him about applying for a ton of positions and getting very few interviews. And that while I hoped that they would call my references and offer me the job, in case they didn’t, I was trying to figure out why I wasn’t making any progress.
At this point, the AP put my resume down and said, “Finding the right fit is very important to us. Administrators in Cherry Creek have close relationships and talk. I heard from the Administrators you had already interviewed with. So we called you.”
WOW!! Here I was feeling discouraged because I hadn’t gotten a job, and several Administrators in Cherry Creek felt that I would make a great teacher, even though I wasn’t quite right for the positions they had open. The AP also told me that if they didn’t feel that I was right for their school, he would be making calls about me. He promised to call me either way and that I should hear from him on Thursday.
In the meantime, I have another interview tomorrow in Elizabeth. This position is for a Mild/Moderate Teacher in an elementary school. But I know that I will be walking in with my head high and full of confidence. And if this job isn’t the right one for me, I know that the right one is out there.