Why do the private schools get all the passionate, talented teachers? I'm not judging you - I know that this job was a 'dream' one. I almost weep when I look at the talent being lavished on kids who already have had so much lavished on them (both here in Oz and USA).
Thanks for your comment. Darn good question, Dave. I don't know why it is everywhere, but here's how it worked for me.
I just have to say that I tried really hard to get a public school job in my new town, where, by the way, the schools REALLY suck. I may have said this before, but one high school here literally said something on their website about how, although they knew their students would not be heading off to college, they would get you ready for a job at McDonald's. In print. On the web. Like a mission statement.
I checked out their stats, and I decided I was perty hot stuff. Teachers with Master's degrees were around 30%. Cool, I have one of those! I had a few pretty successful years of teaching under my belt. I've gotten every job that I've interviewed for (except for one because I forgot I wasn't Jewish and that was sort of a thing for that job since they wanted someone who could teach the Torah), so I'd like to assume I am reasonalbly personable. With high hopes I sent out my resume, supa-fine cover letter and glowing recs out to the main county HR and to EVERY SINGLE principal in the ENTIRE county.
No one called.
I sent follow-up emails. I made phone calls. I travelled and randomly stopped in.
I started to feel like I was using the wrong brand of deodorant.
When I finally called the fancy school, it was out of fear of a Ramen-filled future. They didn't even have a stupid job available. But they invented one for me. Because they "couldn't pass me up."
I am seriously not trying to be stuck-up here. I have plenty of problems and plenty of "areas of opportunity." When it comes to teaching, though, I am pretty proud of what I do and how I do it.
So what's up with all the public schools? I really don't know.
Today I felt a flash flood (was gonna say wave, but it was just more somehow) of nostalgia for my old school. Online, I viewed some recent student publication stuff, and a bunch of my old kids were on there. My heart got all full and tight. I really love my old kids. They had personality. And they, like, needed me.
I miss them.
I don't know how long I'll be doing the private school thing. It's the right thing, right now. I'm certainly soaking up some of the luxuries and enjoying the amenities. I want to try every cool lab and go to every pretentious conference they want me to attend because I am a nerd and because maybe one day I can bring that foundation to a less posh environment.
Or, maybe the private school thing is for me. I don't know.
One thing I do know. Many of the teachers at my new school, good as they are, would be lost in a public school. It's not a judgment thing--I'm not saying one way of teaching is better than another--it's just a matter of temperment and style. So, when people start apologizing to me because they would like me to make sure my final tests generally the same thing as my peer teaching the same course, I smile. I've been a public school girl. You gotta do better than that to ruffle my feathers.