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Re: [teacherartexchange] My decision


From: Susan Bennett (seasideblueviolet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 09 2006 - 13:59:08 PDT

I hope you still receive the job. It will be hard, but
it can be done!!

--- wrote:

> 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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