Since March I have been applying to work at different schools that are within a 45 minute radius around me. I thought for sure that there would be at least a few different areas that I have applied at. Let's see, I believe that I applied to at least 10 different schools. I have interviewed at many different schools, however most of the positions are for 5th grade positions. Many people do not want to teach upper grades because they have to worry about the TAKS test and whether the kids pass it or not. Especially being a first year teacher this is hard.
As I was driving to my brothers house the other day I was praying and just thinking, God I will go where you want me to go, but can you at least swing the door wide open so I will know for sure. I did not apply at places that were farther then about 30 minutes away mainly because of the drive, but I thought you know what, there are a bunch of private schools in that area I might try one of those schools. When I got to my brothers house I told my sister-in-law about everything and started crying because I was just a little bit stressed out over everything going on. I told her about applying at some of the private schools, or at least calling to see if there is any openings. She hands me a phone book and I go to the computer. The first private school that I see is the one that my brothers kids go to. I called them thinking, there is no way they have an opening....well....They had a 3rd grade opening. I told them who I was and what I was certified in and they told me to come pick up an application. I thought this is to good to be true.
I went there and met the secretary, Headmaster and the Assistant Headmaster and talked to them for a little while. They were so sweet and nice to me. It was awesome! I filled out the application and brought it back to them in two days.
Before I handed the application in, I talked to somebody who was going to put in a good word for me because their kids go to school there. She told me many different things about the school that I did not know. As I handed in the application I also handed them my portfolio hoping this would help some. Now I am hoping and praying for a call this next week.
I say all this to say that a friend of mine told me to pray for patience. As I started thinking about this I realized that I shouldn't really pray for that much patience because God puts these trials and hard times infront of you for a reason. He puts those in front of you so that you will have patience to get through them. You can not just earn patience by waiting for it to come to you. You go through the hard times to gain the patience on the other side. Patience is a virtue is what I have been told my whole life. I am learning patience more and more everyday this summer.
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