My journey to shoot for the moon.

Had an interview this morning at Elizabeth Middle School. I think that it went well, but the principal and teacher that interviewed me were very hard to read.

Elizabeth is a small town Southwest of where I live in Parker, Colorado. The school district has 2 elementary schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school. It is about a 30 minute drive from my place out to Elizabeth and that is down country roads. It is hard to put Elizabeth in perspective. My parents, specifically my dad, asked me to take pictures, so I took my camera.

I took these first pictures while standing in the parking lot at the middle school.  I was facing west (toward the mountains).

This next one was as I was getting ready to head out of the parking lot.  I’m facing Northwest.

I pulled over on the side of the road to take the next couple.  For the first one, I am facing West.  If you look closely you can see the Mountains in the distance.  I did take it sitting in my car.

This one is a slightly different view, but facing the same direction and from the same spot.   The mountains can be seen off in the distance on the left side of the picture.

The next two pictures are from the same spot as the last two, except it is from the driver’s side window and I am facing Southwest.

 

At this point, I drove for about 10 minutes and then pulled off the main road to take some more pictures.  These two pictures are taken facing West.

For this final picture, I zoomed in as far as I could.  That is Denver in the distance and I was about 15-20 minutes out of Elizabeth when I took these.  For those familiar with the area, Legend High School is about 5 miles down this road on the right.

 

Elizabeth, Colorado is horse country and it is beautiful.  The elevation is higher than Parker and Denver.  Driving to Elizabeth every day will be a trek, but at least it is beautiful driving (maybe except for in the winter with the snow).

I did hear from the Principal at the Elementary School in Elizabeth and I didn’t get that job.  She told me that they hired someone with 8 years of experience as a Learning Specialist and that it would have been hard for anyone to compete with the lady they hired.  I was their second pick, so if the other lady hadn’t taken the position, it would have been mine.   The Principal also wanted me to know, if experience wasn’t such a strong requirement because the rest of the SPED was inexperienced, I would have been her pick.  It is nice to know and it gives me a lot of hope, but it doesn’t change the fact that I still don’t have a job.

The Principal at the Elementary School spent a long time on the phone talking with me and I believe that I have a supporter in her.  She was calling my references to make sure that they gave me good references (she suggested and I agreed).  She will also contact any principals that she knows that have a position open to tell them about me.  She gave me her cell phone number and told me to call or email her.  She also was going to call the Middle School Principal again and talk to him about me and how much potential she feels I have.  The Middle School has an experienced Learning Specialist already and my lack of experience as a teacher wouldn’t be the same issues as at the Elementary School.

The Principal at the Middle School won’t be contacting me before the middle of the week, so I have a few days where I don’t have to think about searching for a job.  I did check the postings today and there are no new postings.  So I can relax this weekend and enjoy Erica’s wedding!

The rejection that I have been getting has been tough.  Rejection is always tough, but hearing that I’m not the right person and the fit isn’t good has been tough to hear over and over, especially with the Administrators all seeing something in me that is worth passing on to another school.  But RM, the Principal at Singing Hills Elementary School, has helped me feel less dejected.  She is also willing to do what she can to help me find a position.  I am so thankful that she decided to interview me in the first place.  I really needed the gift of her confidence in me and the timing was perfect.  Thank you RM.

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