Saturday, August 11, 2012

saturdays

the week went by fast enough, now for a nice slow lazy day weekend. up early this morning swimming laps, big breakfast at home, and now I'm about to head outside for the rest of the morning. ahhhh. we've had better lows in the 70's this week and this week just at 100 or below. so a bit of a "cool" break.
I met with my former roommate in AFghhanisttan in charge of the govt contract for the language school on Wednesday night, went to dinner at Charleston's south side of Okc. he was with this guy about my age who just got back from overseas working on another contract for the co. He's going to be a project manager for the school. He had a strong Carolina accent that cracked me up. he also wore a polo shirt with a lightweight navy blazer. sat across from him and didn't have much to say, he was the type to have certain anecdotes and stories to tell and talk blah blah. I can outtalk about anyone, but in these type situations I pretty much stay pretty quite and practice my listening skills and self control. another guy there was the man in charge of the contract at Lockheed Martin. So basically they were going on and on about me and the SC guy being perfect for the job etc etc... very salesman style. one thing I always see through people is that sort of salesman over praise/ over interested nonsincere attitude. I'm not a skeptical person at all and can actually be very naive and willing to think the best of all. However I do have a sense of being charmed. ha
no word on if the contract will be accepted yet by the govt and signed away, it's a billion dollar deal that would set up a language school for at least 5 years straight. Thing is I'm just taking this position at admin at my school district. and there is a possible faculty position at my college next semester. SO! I've decided regardless if ti pays more or not, I'm going to aim for the college job. HOWEVER, I did think of a number that would tempt me from giving up my school calendar of summer and breaks off, and to consider the language school job. so we'll see what they off .
As for right not, I'm not going to think about until any further news arises. I'm telling GOd that I want to just take it one day at a time and focus daily on doing the best possible job in whatever current position I'm in.
RIGHT NOW that is going to be as a district facilitator. This involves going to different schools and training and helping teachers how to serve the ESL kids in their classes. My principal really likes hiring "teach for america" teachers, who are college graduates with 3 months of teacher training and then thrown out do any school in the country. basically what that means is they lack the extra training of teaching language needs in the classroom, which is 78% of students at my current school. So I already know I'll have my work cut out for me... the best thing is I'll get a break for a while of teaching the mexican immigrant kids English. Hopefully the change will take place soon. right now I probably have another week or 2 left HOPEFULLY! I do enjoy my first year classes though. those kids really try hard and participate and repeat and do motions. it's great! I had a "structured" interview yesterday after school. I sat in an office with the guy who'll be my boss while he read questions from a list. and this his boss sat with us and rated all my responses. It's sort of liek a Meyers Briggs test, they see what kind of employee you are and what you're strength and weaknesses are based on your answers. SO, that SHOULD be the next step to getting me hired on over there and transferred to the admin offices. woot woot.
okay, I'm getting back to my Saturday, digging up some bermuda grass, moving around a drip hose from tree to tree to shrub, and cleaning up the back deck, and of course laundry. by lunchtime I'll be ready for my weekly PIZZA! yum

3 comments:

rugbysex said...

it sounds like you've thought things thru. there are, no doubt, a lot of peeps praying you'll get and accept a position that is satisfying both intellectually and financially. via con dios my friend.
cheers!

Mike said...

Sounds like things are falling into place for you regardless of what happens!

Anonymous said...

I think your right to be careful accepting the contract job, actually it sounds kinda pie in the sky if it is a billion dollar project, but maybe not.