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RE: [teacherartexchange] Best interview ever!

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From: Alix Peshette (apeshet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Jul 01 2006 - 09:22:50 PDT


Stacie,
You go girl! It sounds like you have a good background with drawing and
painting. Ceramics is not rocket science, but it doesn involve a lot of
"project management" of materials, drying times, kids and subject
matter.
 
Frankly, this sounds like the chance of a life-time - the old teacher
has left and administration wants a 'breath of fresh air"

--Alix
Alix E. Peshette
Technology Training Specialist
Davis Joint Unified School District

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From: StacieMich@aol.com [mailto:StacieMich@aol.com]
Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2006 8:17 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Best interview ever!

I had a wonderful interview at a great high school yesterday. It is one
of
the best high schools in my area, and their ceramics teacher just left.
When I
told them that I didn't have much experience in ceramics, they didn't
seem to
care. They told me that the art department needs a breath of "fresh
air" and
that they would be very willing to discuss changing the
curriculum...perhaps
I could teach a course that would involve different materials each nine
weeks,
with ceramics falling in the last nine weeks so that I would have time
to
learn how to operate the kiln and such. The administration was so
awesome and
friendly and fun. I have to say that it was the best interview I've
ever had.
I was there for over an hour, and they seemed so impressed with me. I
was
shocked. They seem ready to offer me a position. They just want to
have me meet
the head of the department, who happens to be my brother's ex-teacher.
I
feel so excited at the opportunity to work in a high school with more
mature
students and the energy that fills a high school, yet I'm wondering, is
this out
of my league? I only have one year of experience teaching elementary
and
middle school. I will have to learn how to do ceramics in a very short
time, but
I'm very willing to do so because it would be an excellent addition to
my art
experience. I haven't used clay in many years. Should I just jump on
it or am
I crazy to think I could handle high school? How different is high
school?
My area is mostly drawing and painting, but I love the idea of giving
students
more conceptual projects...or I had even thought about throwing the idea
of
TAB out there since the administration seems so open to change right
now. The
administration and the reputation of the school are really drawing me
in. It
seems like they are really eager to breathe some new life into this
department. Plus I'd have my own room with a kiln! Any thoughts?

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