Well, folks! It’s that time again. I’m filling out job applications for this summer and 2014-15 school year! I am so grateful to have so much to put on my resume, as well as the self confidence and self efficacy to fill out job applications. I do have one complaint however… with technology, I would expect this process to be easier! INSTEAD, I have found that many districts want you to manually type all of the information from your resume (previous employers, education, references) into boxes. You can’t copy/paste because there is a box for each item. I have even applied for multiple jobs for one employer and had to re-enter it a second time! Guys– why can’t you just read my resume????
That’s my only complaint.
This process has taken me on a little trip down memory lane. In case you didn’t know, I have worked several jobs since I got to Nebraska and learned many things in the process. Here is my work history from 2013-2014 school year.
1. I have been tutoring Chinese students in China. I teach them English using an online conference program called WebEx. We read stories together and do writing and grammar activities, all via a web cam. I absolutely love this job! When I began, I was just trying to make some extra cash but I have truly fallen in love with my students. One of them named their horse after me! A very interesting moment was when I taught a lesson on Thanksgiving morning. I pulled up a story about the “First Thanksgiving” and we talked about the Pilgrims coming to America for religious freedom. It was a strange moment to say those words and instantly realize I was talking to a person who didn’t have that. It made me extra thankful that day.
2. I subbed as a teaching assistant in special education classrooms. I have only taught in general education classrooms so this has been a whole new insight for me. I worked in Elementary, Middle, and High Schools and with students with varied needs. It was so cool! I gained a new appreciation for what special education actually does and saw some great examples of it in action! In a transition time (like mine!) I’d recommend any teacher to try this. Any job I have in the future will be impacted by this experience.
3. In fact, I liked it so much I took a permanent position as a special education para for the rest of this year. I now work assisting a pre-school teacher. The class is very small and made solely of students who have been identified as having special needs or being at risk. I love learning from my teacher each day, as I see how she manages kids of that age and with a variety of needs. I have a lot of freedom in the classroom and she values my experience. It truly is the next best thing to teaching this year! I love our students– we have 10 morning kids and 9 afternoon kids. The principal has even offered to observe me teach a few lessons so he can recommend me for a teaching job this fall! I feel so blessed.
As we continue to look towards August and Sung’s separation from the Air Force, we are continuing to look towards Christ. I feel confident that we will get the right school for him and job for me at the right time. I am the LEAST anxious about an unknown thing as I have ever been. I promise to keep everyone posted when I find out something new.
For now I’m just trying to enjoy being a pre-school aid.