Let me first just share 5 ways to know that without a doubt you want a job really bad:
- Every time you tell someone about the interview, you first say, "I'm not even really telling anyone about it because I have no idea what my chances are. I'm probably not even qualified.."
- You bargain with God: Dear God, if you give me this job I promise I will still fit in my quiet time and be a really good wife....and even though it will mean I can't go to Women's Life anymore, I'll still listen to all the messages online... And then, shamelessly, on the morning of my interview: Our tithe would definitely increase and I know our church could put this money to good use... I mean really?!?! I apologized to Him after that one...
- You call husband the morning of the interview: I don't think I'm going to go. I just don't feel good..oh well!
- You lay out your outfit the night before, and then change it 3 times the morning of.
- You are extra super nice to the secretary while waiting for the interview thinking that maybe it will help you get the job. She was really sweet, so it was easy.
I know, I am a bit ridiculous. But I also know there are other people out there who have done some of these things, am I right??
While the job is not an English teaching position in a high school, it is a 'teaching in the form of giving classes' (plus other really cool aspects) position for some of the most amazing people I have ever met--military personnel and their families! And I get to focus on a time that almost every military family goes through--deployment. Yea, I pretty much scored the jackpot on this one!!
So while I am SUPER excited about this new position, there are quite a few things I will miss about substitute teaching:
* Finding 'that school' where you fit in so well and feel at home when you walk in the doors.
* The entire staff that has been so amazing to me and made me feel so special.
* "Mrs. Shea, you are my favorite substitute teacher in the whole wide world."
* Getting pictures of cats drawn in crayon (of course after my students hear about my lovely two Okinawan beauties).
* Not having to prepare anything, and being able to leave at 2:45 without bringing any work home.
* "Mrs. Shea, you are beautiful. How old are you, 20??"
* Knowing 95% of the students in the school and not being able to walk down the hallway without hearing, "That's Mrs. Shea, she's an awesome teacher."
* Being able to take time off whenever I want to.
And of course, things I won't miss about substitute teaching:
* Never having my own classroom.
* Did you forget to brush your hair today? I sometimes forget to do that too....said by 3rd grader.
* Hearing the jr. high students walk by and say, "Guys, we have a sub today in History!" and knowing this means that they will be ready to take the day off as soon as they enter the room.
The good definitely outweighs the bad, which is why this is such a bittersweet time. But let me tell you, I am so ready for this position and so thankful that I trusted in God's timing. Especially after that meltdown.
And last, but not least, here is how Ben responded to my email (a forward of the offer email):
DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNG! THAT'S MY GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is going to be a great weekend! Hope yours is, too!!