Crushed the interview, got the call.. I think I’m starting ASAP, but need to go downtown to the main HR offices of Charleston County Public Schools and turn in/fill out lots of paperwork to get the process rolling!
I’m super excited!!
It’s a big brand new school. They haven’t had an art teacher all year, and their old art teacher was part-time.. so I get to kinda start from scratch without them comparing me to anyone. No “big shoes to fill” .. which is nice (everyone at Young Park said that to me when I first started).
The school is preK-6th though.. and I’ll be responsible for turning in weekly lesson plans for each of those 7 grades!! Young Park was K-5th… so this will be two new grades to teach… and I never really turned in lesson plans there.. a lot more work to be done..
But nevertheless… hooray!!
celebrating will commence once Billy gets off work tonight :)
Walked 6 miles today with Ashley .. all the way to the lighthouse from my house on the east side of the island :)
Got home and ate the most amazing salad and vegetable soup made by my martha-stewart-esque friend Angie!! She cooks the most delicious food, and sends so many pre-proportioned tupperware leftovers our way… it’s too wonderful!
spent the rest of the evening preparing for my interview tomorrow!! I’m really well-prepared, qualified, ready to kick some ass.. yet still nervous!!
The painting was of a velveteen rabbit.. wasn’t crazy about it. It was just a little much for these tiny gals and I ended up having to help draw a lot of their rabbits to ward off emotional breakdowns….. but in the end they turned out realllyy cute!!:)
So I’ve been putting along with the process of accepting a full time position at La Petite Academy as the Pre-K teacher… not fully excited, but realizing I can’t live off part-time work anymore, and need benefits.
BUT THEN.. yesterday I get a call from Charleston County Public Schools HR guy saying he’s forwarding my info to an elementary school that’s looking for an art teacher… AND TODAY I get a call from the principal, anddddd now I have an interview set up with them for Monday!!
The school is E. B. Ellington Elementary, and it’s almost an hour drive away.. but how wonderful would that be to line up a teaching job, finish out the school year, have July and August to prepare, and know I’m all set for the upcoming year!
Oooooohhhh Cross Those Fingers… THIS is what I want!!
My work seems to be getting too busy.. I might need to edit myself more. I wish I was still in art school and could get some serious critiques. I’m feeling in a creative rut. I’m out of canvases, and my style needs growth and change.
"If COLD was a physical being, I would punch it in it's face"
So, I’m trying to get back on track with exercising (on going personal battle)
Last Sunday I said.. “F IT! I’m gonna bundle up and take the dogs on a long power walk,.. we ALL need it!!”
I used the double leash my mom sent for xmas/hanukkah, they both pulled as hard as they could in opposite directions, OR practically peed on each other cuz they couldn’t get away… but it worked alright haha
the beach was deserted, but beautiful… we walked from East 4th block to West 10th block (imagine going from -4 to 10 and back) It was really nice
We zig-zagged back through the neighborhoods bc the wind got too cold on the beach.. all in all it felt so good to get the blood pumpin….and you know I love to swoon over the beach houses <3
BUT since then it’s been in the 30s to low 40s everyday and I can’t bear it… so much for getting back on the horse!
Heard some crazy rumors yesterday about dead fish washing up on the beach… we decided to run down to the pier to check things out….
thousands and thousands of fish lay in curvy lines as far as the eye could see. Supposedly the water suddenly got colder than usual which killed all of these fish, but it really felt apocalypse style while standing there looking at it!
A lot of people are really creeped out about it! I read that these things happen, and it’s just a natural cycle.. but it sure didn’t seem natural!
The place was awesome! Made me feel like I was back in the studio center at JMU. Big open spaces used as exhibit space, large work rooms with concrete floors splattered with old paint. Smaller curtained rooms used as private rent-able studio spaces filled with amazing works in progress. And the outside is painted with a new crazy mural every 6 months!… I was drooling!
You have to submit a class proposal (time and dates of class, material fees, teaching plans..) then cross your fingers that people sign up… I’m a little intimidated to teach an adult class, but I would love to do kid classes!
They pay their teachers $25 an hour too!
The really crazy thing was that the exhibit on display when I went in was by Greg Stewart.. he was my sculpture teacher at JMU!! What an amazingly small world! What are the odds haha…I can remember back at JMU seeing him working on pieces just like the ones on display!