Three, Two, None

19 Jul

Our school is being reorganized…again.

We found out our new teaching assignments on June 10th, but I had already I begun the packing process. We’d been warned change was coming. Now, I’ve been down this road a few times, so I know to pack my personal things separate from school materials. I pulled out the boxes I’d stored, requested 25 more. I filled and labelled them all.

My morning commute to school is 30 minutes, and my journey home takes at least 45. When I filled up my car the last week of school, I was shocked at the price on the gas pump. A seed was planted and I began looking forward to Thursdays when new jobs in our school district were posted. I wasn’t completely unhappy with my new assignment, but I decided to keep my options open.

It wasn’t until after school ended that anything interesting appeared. Two, in fact. The last time I applied for an internal job, all I’d had to do was click on a button indicating I was an internal candidate and let my principal know. The times have changed. I had to click, then fill out a very long form with questions that were like an interview. It took two days. I was invited to interview for one of the jobs. I didn’t get it, and I was OK.

In the days between being invited to interview and being interviewed another Thursday came and another interesting job appeared. I was invited to interview and again, did not get the job. I was still OK.

I realized a few things going through the process. Despite the commute, I liked my job and my school. I knew that but it is good to have it reinforced. It reinforces the truth that Joni Mitchell taught us in Big Yellow Taxi: “Don’t it always seem to go/That you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone” and that The Rolling Stones told us when they sang

No, you can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you’ll find
You get what you need.

I also learned that I was lucky. I met some teaching friends for coffee the day of the second interview. Two of them had also applied to a variety of jobs. Neither was invited for an interview.

Gas prices have fallen a little. The price of gas is one of the downsides of my commute. It might not be back to “normal” by September, but I am resigned to paying a little more for gas this school year. The upside of my commute is all the audiobooks I will be able to listen to next year.

I may have gotten none of the three jobs I applied for, but I am very OK with that.

15 Responses to “Three, Two, None”

  1. arjeha July 19, 2022 at 7:23 am #

    I don’t know if I could go through a whole interview process again. I am sorry things didn’t work out for you. I believe there is always a reason why things work out the way they do. I would say that you are needed where you are. Hopefully gas prices will continue to drop and things will be a bit better when the new year begins.

    • Adrienne July 19, 2022 at 7:26 am #

      Thanks. It was an interesting process to go through. I agree with you about how things worked out.

  2. Fran McCrackin July 19, 2022 at 7:56 am #

    I really liked the detail of how you pack your personal and school boxes separately (and needed 25 more!) I think it is healthy to look around, even when you end up staying put. It demonstrates a confidence and adventurous spirit, professionally and personally, that many do not have. It gives you a fresh look at where you are and what you want, right?

    • Adrienne July 19, 2022 at 8:06 am #

      Totally. It makes you reflect on what works where you are and whether you want to trade that on for something other.

  3. Debbie Lynn July 19, 2022 at 8:51 am #

    As cliche as it can be, ‘all things happen for a reason.’ I love your positive attitude! 🙂

  4. Trish July 19, 2022 at 9:27 am #

    That’s the attitude, Adrienne. I love how you use song lyrics a as a gauge of your acceptance…cool. There are a few more Thursdays between now and September. I wonder if you’ll keep eyes peeled? No matter what, enjoy SUMMER!

    • Adrienne July 19, 2022 at 10:12 am #

      You know I’ll be keeping them peeled!

  5. Diane Anderson (newtreemom) July 19, 2022 at 11:49 am #

    All the best in the coming school year. Thursday I am having lunch with a few friends who head back Monday! I won’t be heading back- now will it really sink in that I am retired?!

  6. Fran Haley July 19, 2022 at 2:34 pm #

    Adrienne, I admire your courage in putting yourself out there and also in writing of this experience I believe it will encourage others – just the thing many of us need to read right now. There’s a high turnover at my school this year and all jobs are not yet filled. The Stones song is a perfect, calming touch… and, you never know what may come!

  7. Erika July 19, 2022 at 4:58 pm #

    Sometimes you need to explore the what ifs to help you determine your musts. It sounds like it has all been a good part of the process of feeling good about where you are.

  8. Heidi Allum July 20, 2022 at 5:16 am #

    First of all, I just want to say that you are extremely brave for applying. The process of putting yourself ‘out there’ is absolutely frightening to me. At one point, it wouldn’t bother me, but now, I would be walking on nails. Thank you for your vulnerability.

  9. karpenglish July 20, 2022 at 11:39 am #

    It sounds like you will still be at SMS, but in a new teaching situation again. Applying for positions in our district is so weird. I cannot believe that you, of all people, did not get hired into a different school. (I’ve consistently been told that you are our best Language Arts teacher!) I’ve been lucky this year and finally scored a contract after four years of bouncing around as a temporary teacher, but it has not been an easy process, that’s for sure!

    • Adrienne July 20, 2022 at 2:09 pm #

      Congrats!!! I think I am just too old to be interesting.

      • karpenglish July 20, 2022 at 9:49 pm #

        I know the feeling! Last year, they were interviewing for two positions at the same time at my school. The very young teacher with two years of teaching experience (in another state!) got the full time contract job and I got the part-time temporary job. She’s great, and I am happy that I get to be in the same school next year, but it felt like I was pretty clearly too old- and too expensive. 😉

      • Adrienne July 21, 2022 at 5:59 am #

        So crazy!!! Which school?

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