As I mentioned earlier this year, I chose not to stay on at my previous school. Primarily I was unhappy with the decisions the middle school principal made. Then I realized I really didn’t want to drive 44 miles every day each way.
I jumped on the job hunt as early as possible. I lined up one phone interview and four in-person interviews. I ended up with three offers!
The job offer I took is a high school about 20 minutes from here. I will be the web and graphic design teacher (I think, the only one!) I’m awaiting an email reply from the new principal regarding course descriptions etc. I will be in charge of a lot of stuff, from the high school’s website to the screen printing of T-shirts. The students will take on most of this work, of course. Eventually we might even be in charge of the website for the district too.
My pay will be much better this year. This district will even count my previous year’s experience when calculating my salary. Some districts only count years in their district when placing you on the ladder.
So, “The adventures of an art and drama teacher” is now “The adventures of a web and graphic design teacher.”
OF COURSE, I will keep all the art and drama resources on here. I’ll be adding new lessons for the new graphic/web design direction.
Someday I hope to take on at least one biology class at the high school. I am doing very well in my summer refresher course, and I’ll be in tip-top shape for the California Subject Examination for Teachers.