After excruciately waiting whether I’d get a job following student teaching, I have just been hired as a new mathematics teacher at a local high school. I participated in two job interviews in the past two days and received two job offers. Mind you, my file hasn’t been public for principals to view yet and I’ve received interest which is exciting.
I had to choose between two schools: one where a friend has been teaching for a year under her belt and another where two of my fellow college graduates will be teaching together. One of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make, but I’m excited to announce that I chose the latter. Some people have asked me why did I choose between these two schools instead of just wait for more offers to come in and maybe I’d be able to teach at a higher performing school. I’ve thought about this for a while, I’ve talked to my brother whose a third-year teacher, and I weighed the two options.
The two options were: teach at a higher performing school vs. teach with trusted friends at a lower performing school. So once again I chose the latter for numerous reasons. So I decided not to wait for more offers because they wouldn’t be able to offer the network with the friends I have. I know that teaching at this type of school would be a tremendous challenge but I’d be able to have a greater impact on student achievement. My school has a 75% Latino population and is at the very bottom regarding math standardized testing. These students deserve to get the same education has students from the “rich neighborhood school” so-to-speak and I think I might be able to give them that or at least try my hardest in doing so. I’m excited at the prospect of joining my two friends in turning the school around and ultimately it was that hopeful goal that was behind the reason of my decision.