Saturday, August 25, 2012

Teaching Interview Attire

 The past 2 weeks have been a whirlwind of change and just overall craziness.  A few weeks ago I heard about an opening in a rural school and applied just to see what would happen.  I went on an interview and was invited back for a second interview.  About an hour or so after the second interview I got a call asking if I want to be their new first grade teacher.  I was shocked!  I'm a good teacher, but there were tons of people that applied and I never thought I would get the job.  Oh, and I didn't mention that I had a position and had started putting my classroom together there - oh, and it was 2 days before school (at my old school) started.  Yeah - craziness!  I excitedly accepted and went to my principal to turn in my letter of resignation.  I have worked there for 4 years and have made some amazing friends so needless to say there were some tears shed when I told my team.  Then, I packed up my classroom with the help of amazing Michael and his sister.  The next day I went to my old school for meetings where the principal announced that I was leaving and I met the teacher taking over my classroom.  I finished packing and moved everything to my new classroom.  The next day I started school (at my old school) with the new teacher (since she wasn't cleared to be in the classroom yet) and had to tell the parents (some of them requested to have me as their teacher) which was hard.  And the next day I started working at my new school.  I told you it has been busy!  We started school this past Wednesday and Back to School Night was Thursday.  Now, finally I am cleaning the house and taking a little break.  

I am so excited about my new school.  I have an amazing class of 14 children (yes - 14!!! I had 24 last year).  My classroom is a normal size (double or triple my old classroom).  I have only been teaching there for 3 days and I LOVE it!!  My parents are amazing - which would explain why their kids rock too!  Our school has spirit and it really is a community school.  It is the perfect fit for me and I can already tell that this is going to be a fantastic year!!  

The beginning of the school year is always very stressful and I always question if I really do what to teach - I didn't do that this year.  I am still stressed trying to get everything done but I am so happy!  I feel like my love of teaching has been renewed! 

 This is what I wore to the first interview. 
The night before my interview I decided that I hate everything in my closet and didn't have anything to wear.  Does everyone do that or just me?  Some of my clothes don't fit right now (I have gained some weight) and of course I wanted to wear the clothes that don't fit which made it even worse.  So, I headed to The 'Will where I found this blazer and top.  I also bought a skirt!  

The day of the interview I tried on the top again and realized it is about 3 sizes too big - I guess I was feeling really large the night before.  The skirt I bought is also too big - let that be a reminded to us all not to go shopping when we are not feeling our best!  The top looks fine under a blazer, so I wore it anyway.  

Top: Goodwill
Blazer: Goodwill
Pencil skirt: New York and Company
Heels: Steinmart

As far as interview attire goes, I am a huge fan of wearing a suit, but I don't own a skirt suit and I wanted to show a little more personality.  Plus, it was HOT and there was no way I was wearing a pant suit.  I went with a skirt and blazer that don't match and a fun colorful top.  Since teachers don't wear suits everyday, this outfit was perfect for an interview.  

Enough about me - How are you?  What would you wear to an interview?


Kim Ricketts said...

I am so happy for you!!! I totally miss seeing you everyday but I know you are happy! It was nice to know that I am not the only one who goes and questions my profession this time of year. I am glad that you are so happy and your love of teaching is renewed! I hope to have that one day too! I can't wait to hear more about your class and school year!

Kim :)

Caroline Goldingham said...

Wow! Your new job sounds completely amazing, and you looked amazing for your interview.

We definatley all have days like that with our wardrobes. It tends to happen to me just when I have a big client meeting.

Btw, Im having a giveaway for a gorgeous necklace if you're interested in having a look.

Michelle said...

How awesome for you! I teach second grade and can't even fathom having only 14 students! I have 24 right now. Your interview outfit is excellent! Best of luck for a continued great year!

aidan said...

That outfit is simply perfect. I love it. Congrats on the new job. Hope you do great. I know your kids will love you.

Show off your personality with your fashion at the new job. Its a way for people to see your bubbly personality through your clothes.

melinda ann said...

Fourteen students! That sounds dreamy. Congrats!

Viktoria said...

Wow!! 14 kids!! I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to hear more about it!

I wear the same suit to all of my interviews. It's a sweet power suit. :)

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Jensamom23 said...

Congratulations! Rural schools can be fantastic and it sounds like yours is. Great outfit, too...very similar to what I would wear.