A couple months ago, I was informed that I'd been cut (again) from the following school year's budget. My position just flat out wouldn't exist. So began the process of job hunting.
Last year, I applied for over TWO HUNDRED jobs. Two.Hundred. I had around 15-20 interviews (which is an extremely large number in my profession) and finally found a job two days before teacher workshops began. The position was ideally located, about eight miles from home, but the downside was that it was part-time. Still, fortunate enough to be able to afford to work part-time (2/3 time in this case) I accepted and started the following Monday. But then I got cut.
So I started applying for jobs. Since it was March, there weren't a lot of jobs posted for next year, but I applied to the five or so that I found. Not long after sending out my first round of applications, I got a call for an interview. The job posting said it was a regular, 10-month contract position. I took this to mean it was for the fall.
Then I got to the interview. One of the last questions they asked me was "How will you handle stepping into a classroom during the school year?" After blinking a couple times I fielded the question (well, I believe) and moved on. I presumed they would hire someone "easier" to deal with since hiring me would require breaking a contract already in place and gaining the permission of my current school.
I was wrong. The principal called me a few days later and offered me the position, asking if I could start in less than two weeks. I discussed it with N as well as my current principal. My principal was incredibly understanding and encouraged me to take the position as it came with an increase in pay as well as being full-time, and continuing into the next school year.
After a week-long whirlwind, I moved to a new school in a new district. But before I moved I had to take pictures of my classroom, of course.
I had a wonderful principal in this building who encouraged us to think outside the box and try new things. She responded with enthusiasm when I proposed removing the desks from my classroom and replacing them with bean bags, comfy chairs, and video rockers. I had small classes but along with that came a tiny room. The students loved it, and after some trial and error, we came up with a great system for choosing seats and things worked beautifully.