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[teacherartexchange] The interview


Date: Thu Jun 15 2006 - 09:24:23 PDT

Well, the interview was a little disappointing. I was so excited because I
heard that it was an "A" school with a great principal. I was excited to see
the art room only to learn that again, there is no art room.

So I'm working on my pros/cons list.

Pros of my current school:
- Comfortable
- Work well with my administration and other teachers
- Have the option to keep my room if I teach middle school
- Only work at one school
- Charter school will allow me to keep looking for ideal situation since
there is no contract
- Am pretty much allowed to do my own thing
- Ability to continue to mold the art program from scratch
- Already have a rapore with the students

Cons of my current school:
- Does not cover full insurance benfits
- No pension
- Will lose my room if I take elementary - art on a cart
- May have trouble getting supplies
- No kiln or storage for ceramics
- Future of art program may be limited
- Almost 20 miles from house, two tolls (Gas and $3.00 a day in tolls)
- Can be fired at any time - no contract
- Only some rooms have a sink

Pros of new school:
- Ten miles closer and only 1 toll - nice easy drive
- Full benefits and pension - Public school
- Teacher's union
- Ability to work at two "A" schools in a decent area
- Like the principal
- Principal promised supplies, said she already spent $4000 in new supplies
for next year
- Teaching grades 2-5
- Floating to two different schools may be good for contacts, new experiences
- Principal mentioned interest in murals and school exhibits - could be great
  shows she supports the art program
- School has a kiln that I would have access to after hours
- Working with the full time teacher might be a good experience - might learn
a lot
- This is a way to get into the public school system
- Possibly better hours - half days that we don't get at the charter school
- All rooms have a sink

Cons of new school:
- Working two schools might be a little chaotic
- No room - working from a cart at two schools
- Not sure how I will like the administration or other teachers
- Assistant principal gave me a weird vibe
- Stuck in a 3 year contract once I commit - what if I hate it?
- I will be and itinerant teacher for the overflow of students...not sure how
this will
  work with the other full-time teachers.

The principal asked me to think things over and get back to her.

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