Thank you so much to those of you who prayed for me today. I believe the interview went really well. I got there a little bit early (which I've heard is what you're supposed to do), and gave myself time to gather my composure. By the time the principal called me into her office, I was feeling okay. She had my resume (which I had copies of, just in case she didn't have it with her) and basically went through it, asking me questions about each section. She asked me how I had helped students improve their reading fluency, how I planned to manage my classroom, what my strengths and weaknesses are, the whole nine yards. She also asked me about my student teaching experiences, as well as why I would enjoy teaching in a private school. Regardless of whether she offers me the position or not, I'm very thankful for the experience of a teaching interview. After perusing my teaching portfolio (a whopping 100 or so pages), she took me on a tour of the school. By the time I left, I had been with her for over an hour, something various people have mentioned is a good sign. We were even able to visit several classrooms. All of them looked very inviting, and the students seemed very respectful. At the end, she told me that she was going to be calling my references and get back to me very soon. I thought that it was a good indicator. After leaving the school, I stopped by the post office to mail a "thank you" note to her for her time.
All in all, I feel good about the interview. I answered the questions in a way that she seemed to like, my educational philosophy "matched" the school's very well, and I was familiar with most of the curriculum (except Six plus one writing... I'm going to have to look that one up tonight). They are very big into integrated instruction, which is good, as well as Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences (which is amazing... I'm so glad about that! I did lots of research on that in college and it was my personal goal to reflect his intelligences in my lessons).
Once again, thank you for all of you who prayed and who will continue to pray. Since before David and I were married, we planned for me to work for a couple years prior to having children. We are able to make it just fine with what David makes, so we want to save everything I make for when we have kids. Lord willing, that will enable me to stay home with our kids and homeschool them.
Volusia County is going through a hiring freeze due to budget cuts, so it's looking like private education is going to be my best bet. I'm still going to be taking my resume to different public schools in hopes of getting an interview with them. I think those kids need a Christian influence in their lives!
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