In last months post I mentioned that I had applied at a couple of different schools, unfortunately I did not get either of them. However, on a whim just before I left for Japan earlier this month, I applied at a magnet school in the Northwest region. After returning from Japan, I hadn't heard from the school and I assumed that they had filled the position. Earlier this week they contacted me--I interviewed today. They told me how much they liked me, but they still had one more person to interview. On the drive home from the interview (about 15 minutes after I left) they called and officially offered me the job.
It is definitely a bitter sweet decision. I have loved working at Durango and I will definitely miss teaching my AP classes, but I couldn't turn down the opportunity to teach at this school. As a magnet school the students have to maintain a "C" average and as a result there is high parent involvement and student desire to succeed. Students that fail are sent back to their zoned schools. Here is a link to their website. When I visited the school today I was astonished at the beautiful campus. It looks more like a college than a high school. This summer I will more than likely move to be closer to the school.
I don't know exactly which classes I will be teaching, but I am excited for the new opportunity. Since I will still be teaching in the same district there is no change in my salary or any benefits. I was told in the interview though by the department chair that this is the most satisfying teaching position he has ever held. (He's been teaching for 20+ years). This is a great sign and just the change I had been looking for.