I put myself out there. Went to administration offices then to just meet principals (not formal interviews) to just do a meet and greet. The 2005-2006 school year was not over, but I wanted to give anyone I could my resume and a face to put with it. When I went to a principal and told her how I wanted to incorporate Art into the main subject areas she literally said to me, "We don't do that around here. You are better off going to a private school." I think my jaw hit the floor and I thanked her for her time and left.
I went to interview after interview that spring and summer with no takers. As July was coming to a close, I had two interviews- both in small town communities. I sat at a round table interview for an hour trying to sell myself, and when I left the thought I had in my head was that there was no way they would not give me the job. I had it in the bag. A few days later I got the call-- You are not what we are looking for right now, but good luck. UGH!!! And yes I cried.
I had one last interview during the last week of July. If I didn't get this job, there was no way anyone would hire me. School was going to start in 3 weeks. Another round table interview... there had to be 9 different people in there. I talked about art, motivating others, and my openness to learn new things. Then the questions came at me. I seemed to do okay until the 4th grade math teacher asked me, "How would you teach about factors?" HUH??? I couldn't even remember what factors were.... I knew they had something to do with math.... so I said the only thing that came to my mind:
"I dont remember what factors are, but I do remember that when you multiply decimals you count how many places are behind and then on your answer do the little loop back."
Looking back on my answer, I slap myself on the forehead and think why??? why did I say that?? ugh...
When I left my last interview, I knew there was no way they were going to hire me. NO WAY... but God has a plan for me, and I don't know how He did it, but He worked on that principal's heart and during the last week of July, I got the call saying that he would love to hire me. That my art background would be great for 4th grade Science and S.S. Ummm.... I hated science in school, but now Science and I were going to become best friends.