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Re: [teacherartexchange] My decision


From: Diane C. Gregory (dianegregory_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Jul 08 2006 - 22:18:50 PDT

Whew! Stacie, I think this is a very wise decision. I am now, as you are, much
more comfortable with this situation. I have been in teaching situations where
I have felt like I had to fake it...and it was awful. I, like you, have to be
myself. That's the only way it works for me. Thanks for letting us know. If
you get the backing from this administration with this approach, you will feel
so relieved. If you don't, then you know it would have been a very, very
challenging and stressful year...I think you have had enough of that. I am
sure the list will be eager to hear about their reaction.

Thanks for letting us know.

> I want to thank everyone for their support and candid advice regarding my job
> offer.  I have struggled with this decision all weekend.  I have gone from a
> feeling of excitement and confidence to one of total panic and back again.  I
> have come to the conclusion that I want this job, but I only want it if the
> administration really wants me regardless of my experience.  So, I have
> decided
> that I'm going to call on Monday and be very open and honest with the
> assistant principal.  Even though all of my friends and many of you on the
> list told
> me that I should just go for it, in my heart, I can't accept a position if I
> might not meet their expectations.  I just wouldn't feel right about it.  I
> plan
> on telling the AP that I want the job more than anything, that I want to work
> at her school and am willing to work as hard as I can, but that I can only
> feel comfortable accepting the position if she really understands where I'm
> coming from...that I don't have a ceramics background, that I will be
> learning as
> I go and that I may only be one step ahead of my students.  I plan on telling
> her that I am willing to take courses and read and research and do whatever
> it
> takes to do the best job that I can, but that she needs to understand that I
> need to learn it before I teach it.  If she is looking for someone who is an
> expert in ceramics, then I cannot pretend to be that person.  If she
> understands my situation and is comfortable with it, or if she has decided to
> hire me
> because she can't find any ceramics teachers and is desperate for someone to
> fill the position, then I am willing to be that person.  I just don't want to
> let
> anyone down.  I need to know that they understand this.  If she still wants
> to hire me, then I'll take it.
> Perhaps I'm shooting myself in the foot, but I just need to be honest.  It's
> who I am.  I'm not good at faking things or pretending to be things I'm not.
> If I take the job and disappoint everyone because they thought I had more
> experience, then I will feel awful.  Knowing that I am going to be up front
> has
> already made me feel better.  I'm afraid that they might change their mind,
> but
> then I need to tell myself that I did the right thing.
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