Over the last two weeks I called and showed up in person only to find out that they were not accepting new substitutes. Then all of a sudden, I got a call on Monday morning asking me to come in because they reopened their substitute interview process. Right place, right time?
I went to central office today and my "interview" consisted of the following:
HR lady: So you are a certified teacher?
Me: Yes. I have my Masters in elementary education.
HR lady: Okay. Let me show you where the schools are.
Then we chatted about budget cuts and I filled out my paperwork. I hope that the HR lady is representative of the school system because she was very friendly and offered to let principals know that I was a certified teacher when it comes time to hire for next year.
After things ended so badly last year, I questioned my ability and desire to be a teacher. Instead of rallying and proving people wrong, I held an extended pity party for one. But the time has finally come to put that all behind me and look toward the future (although I'm sure many people would say that the time to put up or shut up came about six months ago.) As much as I am not psyched to be a substitute, I have to start somewhere. If nothing else, I will be waking up before noon and being a more productive member of society than I have been for the past 2 seasons.