JOB HUNTING~

July 30, 2015

This past year I made a lot of changes, moving 1,000 miles away from friends, family and ex-partner as well as my job.  I was a social worker~ I facilitated visits between parents and their children.  I also helped with parenting skills and relationships and relaps prevention.  It was draining work at times~ but mainly the driving that was involved with the job.  Prior to that I was a special education teacher.  A job I loved until we got a new administration that took the attitude of bullying teachers rather than supporting them in the classroom.

I live in a different state now and one that appears to have a more supportive view of teaching.  So I am cranking out job applications.  My hope is to find a job that I can love again.  I started teaching at the high school level my first year after graduating with my 2nd degree in special ed.  It was a small rural high school the students that would be in my class had experienced the loss of a teacher  Ruthy they loved.  I had to step into this classroom in this community  where I was an outsider I was from the big city on the other side of the river.  But I was hired because of my social work background (that’s what my first degree was in). I was warned about the department chair but introduced to one of my new co-workers.  Kelly~ she later told me she didn’t want to like me because she felt like she would be betraying her friend ~ who I had replaced.  But she said a lot of my quirky behaviors were similar to Ruthy and also that I wasn’t afraid to make mistakes, ask for help or laugh at myself.  It was a rough job~ I had grades 9-12 and I taught all subjects ~ math, English, science, history and then later an employment skills class.

The day I was called to schedule an interview I was coming back from vacation and I was a few miles from home and only had nibbles of jobs.  We were less than 20 miles from home and I had just decided I would just go to grad school and continue to substitute teach.   Rex called me to schedule an interview.  He told me how sensitive the situation was~ Ruthy was in her final hours.  I was able to convince them I had the skills to be the perfect replacement.  And I was~ and then the time came for me to change jobs and move to the middle school which was another perfect job.

Nov. 19, 2017

I have started job hunting again after working for two years at a place I thought was my dream job.  ~ check out unemployment checks.  I am not worried I know things will get easier and the perfect job will fall into my lap again when the time is right.

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