(author’s note; I wrote this whole post once already, but my internet went out when I hit “publish” and I lost the whole thing. I frickin’ HATE that… Grrrrr….).
SO! A few months ago, I was talking to Dude about CHS and everything that happened (and was still happening) there. In the course of the conversation, I bitched about how difficult a time I was having looking for work, and he mentioned that he’d met someone in the local government who was looking to start a new charter school and suggested that I look this guy up to see if that was still in the pipeline.
It took me forever to track the guy down, but I did and I sent him a message. He got back to me to say that he wasn’t involved in it, but he did put me in touch with the people who are, so I sent THEM messages. They got back to me right away (which, to be honest, kind of surprised me) to tell me that they were holding off on making any decisions at the time because our whackadoodle legislature is in a pissing contest with the DOE and were holding up approvals for new charter schools.
Long story short, I corresponded with the director (let’s call her Sally) for a while, but nothing really came of it until last weekend, when I saw that the school had set up a tent at our town’s annual apple harvest festival. I marched right up to it and introduced myself. With a firm handshake, a level gaze, and with far more confidence than I really felt, I talked myself up. I told Sally about my Master’s degree and my state certification, about my experience teaching at both the community college and the university level, and about my three years as the chair, curriculum designer, and primary teacher in a charter high school’s English department. By the time I was done, I’d talked her into wanting to have me on the team.
The impression I’m getting is that this school managed to get all of its little ducks in a row before the aforementioned whacadoodle legislature decided to try to kill all new charter schools in the state. Sally seems pretty sure that the school will open in September; she’s going to be accepting student applications in January and they have their sights set on a facility (ironically, the building where I first taught community college; I’m already trying to decide which room I’ll put dibs on). She told me that I was to go straight home and send her an email (“Put the subject line in all caps,” she said, “so I can find it right away!”) so that she could add me to her email distribution list, introduce me to the other members of the team, and invite me to their meetings.
The first meeting is Monday.
I’m cautiously optimistic. I really, really want this to happen; getting in on the ground floor of a school is literally my dream job. I learned an awful lot about what NOT to do at CHS; I’ve seen firsthand where the energy needs to be put, and I think I have a lot to offer a brand new school. I come equipped with a ready-made 4-year core curriculum that
meets exceeds the State’s standards, several elective courses (including a writing minor complete with a course curriculum), and several years’ worth of lesson plans. I can literally hit the ground running; I just need someplace to do it.
I’ll keep you all posted. Wish me luck!