It's hard to believe I have less than a month left of the Einstein Fellowship. It's been a life-changing experience. Until I took a step away from teaching, I had no idea how unhappy I was. It wasn't the students or my colleagues, but a district administration that didn't value me as a professional educator. I understand more now than ever how important that is for anyone in a job.
Back in April I was offered a teaching position at the high school my boys attended. At that time, I wasn't ready to commit to being back in the classroom. I wanted to see what else was out there. I started applying for jobs on a national scale. With most jobs having hundreds of applicants, it was hard for me to stand out. It became an emotional roller coaster; getting excited at a prospect, then feeling crushed when I got word the job had been filled and I didn't even get a phone interview. I spent hours filling out several applications each week, tailoring my resume and cover letter for each one.
May arrives, and I got a email from the principal telling me the job was still open. When I finally responded, the job had been filled. So I continued the cycle of filling out applications. I felt like I was always close to being the perfect match for a position, but never an exact fit. I learned that I need to have patience, the right job will reveal itself, but it may take me several months or a year.
This past week, I got another email from the principal saying they had another opening for physics and AP Physics. Third time was the charm I guess as I have accepted the teaching position in a building and district where I know I will feel valued. I am going to be patient and keep looking for the perfect fit on a national scale. In the meantime, I can have a positive impact on some students, spend more time with my family and friends and work for positive change for teachers in North Dakota.