Talk about long, drawn out start to a new school year. I interviewed last Friday for a k-2 position in an autism program. They called my middle school principal for a recommendation. He texts me and asks me if I am looking for work, because there is an open position at my old school. I tell him only if it is in the autism program. He does his magic and there is suddenly a vacancy in the autism program. (No people were harmed in this decision). Then I get a call from the Elementary school, offering me the K-2 position. Then the AP in the school I am currently in calls me in and tells me she heard that I might be going to the middle school, how can she keep me at the high school. This all happened in the last 24 hours. And all of a sudden I have to make a decision about 3 different positions, and make it by 4 pm today.
My heart has been palpitating all day, to the point where I have a greater appreciation for folks that suffer from panic attacks. At 3:30 I had a meeting at the middle school that ended with a full blown interview, with people that I had worked with for 6 years so it seemed weird to me, but that I was not prepared for. And right after this was when I had to call folks and let them know my decision.
Even though it was stressful, stressful, STRESSFUL, I made the decision to go with what is easiest for me at this time of the year, and that is the middle school autism program that I put together last year, and left at the end of the school year for my current, about-to-end position. I know the staff, students, and the program, and have curriculum maps for the year. Soooo, after I made that decision, and the calls, I was second guessing myself. What if I made a mistake?????? Don't you hate that??? But the decision is made, so that is that. I went from feeling very job insecure, and rightfully so, to having jobs coming out of my ears. And that has been the start to my school year. Now I need to
do some deep breathing, and go to my happy place.