Back in summer I decided that I wanted to get a PhD. I spent this fall filling out applications, six all together. Then I waited. As my seniors stressed and cried, I stressed and cried. It was a lot. It was terrifying. It was awful.
Here’s the thing: I love my job but I am ready for a new adventure. Honestly though, if I could take my department with me, I would.
Then something happened and I was sure I was not going to get into a PhD program so I put my name in with the private school head-hunting people. If you teach at an independent school you know what I am talking about. I had a few phone calls, talked about teaching, and generally got reenergized math.
So, umm, then I got into a fully funded PhD program. Then I reevaluated and I am not entirely convinced its what I want. I know, I’m crazy.
Since then I have had really good interviews at really good independent schools but I am still deciding, as are those schools.
Here are the certains:
I am definitely leaving here next year.
I am definitely job hunting.
So, if you are hiring or you know a school that I would be a perfect fit for here are my credentials:
I am in my fourth year teaching, one year public co-ed middle, three years single sex independent high school. I can teach 6th grade – calc (although have I never taught APs). I have a masters in Educational Psychology with a focus on adolescents and the internet. My top skill is connecting with kids. That contributes to the fact that I am a fantastic teacher.
I am looking for a school committed to collaboration and a deep evaluation of curriculum. I could teach public school in NY or CA or independent school anywhere and by anywhere I mean I am really looking to teach in a large urban area. I am looking for a school that is deeply involved in conversations about diversity and social justice. I am looking for a school that provides opportunities for advancement and professional development. I am looking to teach at a place that most importantly makes decisions around what’s best for kids.
I think there’s a good chance I’ll get a job in the traditional manner but this worked for me last time and it can’t hurt.
Thanks for being here for the next part of the adventure.