Hope Springs Eternal


I’m applying to one more school.

There’s a charter school in my town, and it seems they’re looking for an sign language instructor. The ASL professor I work with at the university emailed me the other day to tell me that she’d heard of the position and has encouraged me to apply. While doing the prerequisite internet search on the place, though, I discovered that they’re also fishing for an English teacher, so I’ve crafted my cover letter to ask that I be considered for both positions.

As always, I will keep you all posted as to the outcome!

**just as an aside: the common symbol for hope – crossed fingers – means the letter “R” in ASL…



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6 responses to “Hope Springs Eternal

  1. Good luck Mrs. Chili…As the Pirates say, “RRRRRRRRRRRR”

    GET IT? Crossed fingers, luck, ASL R!

    Ok, I’m leaving…

  2. Very VERY interesting!

  3. Hahahaha, BoDog – good one!

    As I said to Kizz in an IM this morning, this is another one I’ve tossed over the fence – now I get to wait to see if anything comes back to me.

    I wonder how charter schools figure in the grand pay scale of things? Not that money matters a whole lot – I really just want to teach – but it’d be nice to start making some money to offset all that went out in the pursuit of the degree, ya know? I’m just sayin’…

  4. Well, I can tell you that I took a pay cut of just shy of $15k to go to work for the charter school I teach at now. That does not include the difference in gas from a 4 mile commute to a 35 mile commute. That lost money has hurt us some in the short term, no doubt, but there have been two important payoffs. One–I am teaching in an innovative, nurturing environment that lets me teach to my passions. Two–I have seen what a quality alternative educational model is, and that will be invaluable as I work to develop my own over the next couple of years (are you listening for the gong?).

    If you’re offered the job, take it. Don’t take it for the money. Take it for the experience.

  5. OK, idiot me … I didn’t get the ‘good luck’ reference at all and was sitting here wondering “Why the letter ‘R’?”

    Dur. A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.

    Best of luck!!!!!!


  6. Now THAT would be cool. We’ll be learning some sign language here this year, as well. I’ve know the ASL alphabet for years, but I couldn’t have a conversation in ASL unless it was all acronyms.


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