All posts tagged: Arlington

know it all

I have been working as a school-based substitute teacher at Discovery Elementary since October. My position is slightly unique, because while I am a substitute teacher, instead of getting a 6:00AM wake-up call, my assignment every day is to arrive at the same school and fill in the gaps. Sometimes subs don’t show up, teachers call in sick at the last minute, or need to go home early. Other days someone needs to be on coverage for teacher’s who must attend hour-long SPED/IEP/504/whatever other acronym meetings. Some days everything is covered and I spend the day in the library or monitoring recess. As frustrating as that may sound to some, I love this job. Those who have subbed before know how enormous of a difference it makes when kids recognize you, and especially when you already know their names. Learning the ropes, knowing how to navigate the building, being clued into which attention-grabbers each class uses, figuring out how to make the SMART board work or what kids are allowed to use their iPads for are all …

Endless Summer of Fun–employment

Even though today is the first day of October and it’s been a chilly, rainy week and schools started at least a month ago, I still feel like I’ve been on summer vacation since May.  This isn’t the nice beach vacation you have in mind though. It’s the forced vacation of being “funemployed.” After what feels like a million unsuccessful interviews, I kind of had to accept the fact that for the types of jobs I wanted, I either should have applied for them while still in France, or I would have to wait until schools were starting up again, when theatre seasons were starting up again and therefore making new hires: August/September. Let me tell you, that made for a pretty depressing June and July. (Sidenote: Is it really normal for employers to interview you twice and then never ever contact you again, even avoiding your multiple polite emails on the subject? I’m asking because this happened to me more than once, and it just seems extremely rude, not to mention inconvenient. I literally missed out on other work …