Third Time’s the Charm

9 Aug

After not getting the two jobs I interviewed for, I resolved I was done. And then a great job appeared in the district postings. I applied and was selected for an interview the following Tuesday. The day before the interview I questioned my sanity. Why was I doing this to myself? I wondered.

Just after 5 pm on Interview Eve an email came from the principal.

I doubted my sanity even more. Then, I got to work.

I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare, but I had done my homework in the days following the invitation to the interview. I had researched the school and learned what I could about the IB program and the Middle Years Program. The IB learner profile seemed the logical way to organize my presentation. I also needed some chutzpah, so I started with a bold first slide:

On each of the next slides, I named two characteristics and added an image for each that would inspire me to talk about how my life and career reflected the IB learner profile.

During the interview, the presentation took 11 minutes. No one noticed. the rest of the interview felt more like a conversation about teaching philosophy. When I left, they said they’d make their final decision after an interview the next day. Then they’d need to check references and HR would call probably Thursday, maybe Friday.

All day Wednesday, I hoped for a call. When the end of the business day came on Thursday, I felt a little disheartened. At least I hadn’t received the “thanks but no thanks” email. There was still hope.

At 8:30 pm, my phone rang. It was a school number and the HR person on the other end offered me the job, which I accepted enthusiastically.

I will go in on Monday to relabel the boxes I had packed to change rooms and get them ready for a new adventure.

22 Responses to “Third Time’s the Charm”

  1. jenbryantauthor August 9, 2022 at 5:38 am #

    Wow, good for you! Congratulations on your new position and best wishes for the year . . .

  2. dmsherriff August 9, 2022 at 5:53 am #

    First off, congratulations! So brave if you to question your own sanity and then go for
    It! That email the principal sent inviting you to interview with a creative presentation was so cool! I love what you did and am so happy for you! A former principal of mine always said, “change is part and parcel of all we do.” Here’s to YOU!

    • Adrienne August 9, 2022 at 5:55 am #

      Thanks. The whole interviewing process has been a great to reflect on what is important to me as a teacher.

  3. arjeha August 9, 2022 at 6:52 am #

    How wonderful! Congratulations. I know you will be the perfect fit for the position. This just proves that persistence pays off and what is to be will happen. I can imagine how excited you must be.

    • Adrienne August 9, 2022 at 6:54 am #

      I was almost giddy on the phone when the call came.

  4. Linda Weick August 9, 2022 at 6:52 am #


    Sent from Linda’s amazing iPad


  5. Ruth Murray August 9, 2022 at 7:36 am #

    Congratulations for going after what you want and succeeding! You’re a super star!💕

    • Adrienne August 9, 2022 at 7:51 am #

      Thanks, Ruth.

  6. Karen August 9, 2022 at 8:05 am #

    Congratulations — on the new job AND that first slide! That took guts. Well done!

    • Adrienne August 9, 2022 at 8:17 am #

      After not getting two jobs despite interviews I thought were good, I decided to go bold.

  7. Sharon Stahls August 9, 2022 at 9:16 am #

    Good for you Adrienne for your passion & commitment to your craft. I would hire you in a heart beat. From the stories of your adventures I’ve heard from Andrea and some of our brief conversations you are definitely a life long learner and someone who would inspire their students. Your new students and school are gonna love you.
    Have a great year!👍

    • Adrienne August 9, 2022 at 9:41 am #

      Thanks Sharon!

  8. vivian chen August 9, 2022 at 9:17 am #

    Congratulations! I can’t believe they asked that the night before!! Brava for getting it done and getting the job! (This post deserves all the !!!)

    • Adrienne August 9, 2022 at 9:42 am #

      I figured it was a test to see what people could whip up quickly.

  9. Trish August 9, 2022 at 9:24 am #

    This is so wonderful! Exciting and a cool thing to have. I see how you could possibly share it with your students, a “getting to know you” thing, and they could return the favor, good practice for everyone, and community-building, too. (Maybe back-to-school night?!) You will kill it, I know!

    • Adrienne August 9, 2022 at 9:42 am #

      OO I hadn’t thought about Back to school night. You have planted a seed!

  10. karpenglish August 9, 2022 at 9:58 am #

    Congratulations! I saw the Tumwater posting and thought it would be perfect for you!

    • Adrienne August 9, 2022 at 9:58 am #

      Thanks, Whitney. I am thrilled to be moving there.

  11. Terje August 9, 2022 at 11:54 am #

    Congratulations! It’s going to be a fabulous adventure!

  12. Saphio August 9, 2022 at 4:12 pm #

    Congratulations!! That first slide was a little bold, but you know what they say, audentes fortuna iuvat. You’ll be a great language arts teacher at Tumwater. Best wishes for the school year. Cheers ~

    • Adrienne August 9, 2022 at 4:46 pm #

      Agreed about the boldness, but when the slide appeared the interviewers laughed. It was the good kind of laugh, so I knew I hadn’t blown it.

  13. Hauntingcomforts August 9, 2022 at 10:04 pm #

    Interviewing is always nerve racking! Glad you got the job 🙂

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