Things at my internship are going unbelievably well right now. I’ve been saying since the second week I was at the school that I wanted to work there once I was done with grad school, and things are starting to fall into place allowing me to do so.
Two weekends ago I was in the van with two students and an administrator at school on our way back from Boston, and he and I had a long talk about why I wanted to be at the school. It was really nice to hear his responses since they were something along the lines of, “We need more people like you at school,” and “I want you to be a dorm parent for summer session.”
Another awesome gesture that the school did to inadvertently give me a job next year was put two teachers, three administrators, and myself through a special VERY EXPENSIVE training to help kids with executive functioning skills. I had to sit through two days of training, from roughly 9am to 5pm, but while we were sitting in the training and figuring out how we could implement the information we were being taught, one of the people in the meeting said to me, “Well since they’re putting you through this training, it would be a waste of money to not hire you for next year!” Secondly, this training also resulted in giving me another class to teach where I will be the main teacher, with the two other teachers as support.
On top of both of those, Tuesday of this week was unbelievable. I had my normal “mentor/mentee” meeting with my mentor/supervisor teacher, and it started off as such; “Do you have any questions before we begin?” “No…?” “Okay great. I wanted to talk with you today about your future plans. You do want to be here next year right?” The conversation turned into all of the duties that I would have for next year and my mentor/supervisor saying, “I want you to be here next year.”
Immediately after that meeting, I had a meeting with the founder of the school to talk about my hopes and desires for the future as well. I talked with him about how I wanted to teach the executive functioning class and be a dorm parent, and after I explained to him everything I wanted to do for next year, he simply said, “Reed, I have heard great things about you from teachers, parents, and even the board committee. I admire your attitude and your drive to work with the demographic of students at this school. I want you here next year, and while I don’t have a huge say in the hiring process - I can persuade people pretty well.”
The last thing, which is more rewarding and could be a huge deciding factor in getting hired is something that happened when I walked into the admissions building on Tuesday. I went down there originally to meet with the founder of the school, but as I walked in the Headmaster, the founder of the school, and an admissions rep were all sitting at a table and said, “Hey, we were just talking about you!” They proceeded to tell me that a mother of a student sent all of the e-mails and data I’ve been collecting on her son to his educational consultant as well as 6 other people and CC’d the headmaster and founder of the school. Apparently she was really excited about the data and used my e-mails to show that her son is actually progressing and thriving at this school, and continued to say nice things about me afterwards. Since this got brought up, I had the opportunity to sit down with the headmaster and show him the data I’ve been collecting and he was really excited about it. He even asked me, “Do you think every student needs this?” It was really nice that the headmaster was seeking my “expertise” on collaborative action research.