Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Any ideas?

Today I found out that I will be a 1st grader teacher (I was hoping for 3rd since that is where I have the most experience). I have no experience with first graders (the only grade I don't have some kind of experience teaching).

I am really excited and a little overwhelmed with being a teacher all on my own, it was easy when I had my mentor teacher.

I now need to come up with a lot of different ideas and things that are age appropriate. I am scouring the Internet. Have you seen or heard anything cute/fun that 1st graders have done?

Monday, June 22, 2009

It's getting hot in here

but don't worry I'm not taking off my clothes...

This past weekend I went camping with some friends. We went up to Woods Canyon Lake. It was a lot of fun and I was COLD a lot! Now I am back home and the weather seems hotter than ever.
Only 3 more days of this weather on Thursday I am leaving to visit Michelle in lovely Portland. I cannot wait to go see her.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I've been waiting for this

Holy crap I am tired. I did want to get up early today so I can stop staying up till 3 am. I got super amazing news today. They place I interviewed with last week wants to hire me!!!! They are sending me a letter of intent. I just have to wait until June 29th for their board meeting to become "official". My first teaching job! The people at the school are very nice. It's a small farming community outside of of Maricopa (So i'll probably end up moving there) or the commute would be an hour each way (which really isn't bad when I'm driving 50 miles). :-)

Thursday, June 11, 2009


For my interview last week I never received a call back.

I had an interview today with another school district. It's only 50 miles from my house! I actually am really excited about this school district (the only thing I didn't like about the other is for students who are misbehaving they have a solitary room for them. It's 2009 people! They aren't going to "think" their problems away). The school I interviewed today had several openings all in the primary grades (including 3rd)! :-)

There was 3 people in my interview the HR lady, principle, and assistant principle. I really loved the HR lady she was so sweet. I also really liked the principle he was so friendly and made me very comfortable (on a side note a lot of male principles intimidate me, not sure why). I couldn't read the assistant principle. She had a lovely necklace on that i really liked. ;-)
Some of their responses to my answers came across that they thought I was creative and had good ideas. So hopefully they were impressed. They did say it would be about two weeks until I head anything (more interviews and the time for the background checks). I'm super excited about this place. It's going to be a long 2-weeks. I have a good feeling about this one!!!

I guess my dog wants to go to bed. He keeps making noises which I would say is similar to a person sighing. I would say he has done it 4 or 5 times in he last 10 minutes. For some reason after about 10:30 he cannot "sleep" on the floor and he wants to go to our bedroom to sleep on the bed. And after awhile he gets mad and starts knocking stuff over on the desks - - what's up with that? One word - Spoiled.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Shortest Blog

I have nothing to blog about.

Except maybe tomorrow I'll find out about last weeks job interview. And I have another interview with a different district on Thursday.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

1st interview

Tomorrow I have my first teaching job interview. How I feel tonight is the equivalent to a first date, you know where your nervous and excited all the same time. I have been applying in various districts in Arizona. And only districts that have current positions posted on their websites. Most of these districts are far away and not within the Phoenix metro area.

I have sent out a little more than a dozen applications. I started about 3 weeks ago and had not heard a thing back. Someone had messaged me on facebook and asked me If i had any lucky yet. As i was writing her back telling her that I haven't I got a phone call to come in for an interview a couple of days later. And that afternoon I got another call for one next week. They are both about 50 miles one way to my house. Yikes!

My interview tomorrow is in Superior which is east of the Superstition mountains in a small mining community. I am looking forward to meeting with the principle and see what the school is like. They have a 1st and 4th grade opening. Something else that is exciting is they have small class sizes they average about 14 students.

When I was at the Honda dealership I started eye balling the CRV. I still like my old car. My plan has always been to run it into the ground. It was brand new when I got it and I've had it for almost 8 years. It's still very reliable and no payment is awesome! I drive my mom's Toyota mini van that she got last year and I love everything about it (well other than it's a mini van). It's so easy and fun to drive. Every time I drive it I'm totally impressed.

For the past few years I have thought of buying a house before getting a new car. But when I don't know where I will be this year and even next year. Should I stop that focus and get something fun to drive? I don't know. Cars are not a very good investment. They are money suckers. If I'm going to be driving an hour each way to work it would be nice to have something nice to drive. Or I could move more east where it wouldn't be as much of a commute.

Well time to start practicing for my interview.