So I had orientation last week. It was kind of a whirlwind of information, but they have this great program in Mankato where they have veteran teachers take time off from their teaching duties to mentor new teachers full time for three years. It’s kind of amazing that they allocate those resources to supporting new teachers. They also have a SmartBoard in every room, which is awesome. I also get to join a union!
And the good news is we went to sign the lease for our apartment on Thursday and we got the okay to move in. So today (Friday) we were going to take a load down to Mankato in Will’s Mom and Dad’s Tahoe and I was going to stop in at the school for a bit just to see if there was anything I should do there. Well, we got about half way there and the transmission on the Tahoe gave out. So we turned around and limped home on county roads and shoulders at 25 miles an hour. We drove for about five and a half hours today and didn’t get anywhere. Luckily, I didn’t have any appointments at the school; I just wanted to drop in.
Then when we got back, I had a voicemail from the principal saying they were considering giving me some English Language Learner (ELL) classes, which would make me full time. It would be a lot of work my first official year teaching, but other than that it’s a fantastic opportunity. It would give me some more very valuable experience, I might be able to get my own room, and it would solve our money woes and give us some very nice health insurance. Plus if we get attached to Mankato, it could make me more likely to land a long term job there.
So I have a meeting at 1:30 on Monday to see how I could fit into their ELL program. It’s exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time.