So why was I in Huntsville? Well, you see... I had an interview there. Ya, I said interview... for (sit down please... or remain in your seats) the local newspaper - the Huntsville Item.
*insert repeated panic and head desk movements*
I got a call OUT OF THE BLUE on Tuesday night (like 8pm) and it was the Managing Editor, wondering if I was still looking for a Journalism job. I said... yes. Well, I am... sorta. So I figure, ok, why not? So we set up the interview for today at 2pm, and I figure, it may help clarify my direction to continue to persue my teaching degree.
So I went, and it was like being back in college, it was really cool to be back in the town. I haven't been back since shortly after I graduated in 2003. So I find the place, and go in, have the interview... and *insert eye twitch* it clarified things only a bit! AHUG!
So the details *the devil is always in the details* are this: it's a bigger staff 4-5 reporters; it's a community oriented (or going toward community oriented) newspaper for Walker County/Huntsville; it's a 7 day a week, morning print paper; salary maybe about what I made at the Marlin Democrat; has health care; I have to move from Marlin to Huntsville; they don't know when they will make a decision; they may have another opening in a month or so.
Mom thinks this call came so that I go into my decision with eyes wide open. That I don't "regret" not finding a writing position and teaching is the "only thing" I can do. I have come a long way in accepting that I am not defined as "Christine the Journalist" and nothing else. I can honestly say I enjoy teaching (somedays) and having my writing as mine. If I go back to journalism, I'd love it, but would be sooooo busy. I'd be lucky to have a few days off, and sounds like going non-stop during the day. Of course the staff is young (fresh grads or a few years out) and very fun.
So! Dear flist. once more. I am asking for you to help (or simply read and listen to my head scratches) for how I should look at this new ... development. *sigh* I know I need to not wait for this position before I make my decision on my teaching degree... which leads me to #2...
I was accepted into the program *small dance* and can choose from 3 degrees - 4-8 English, 8-12 English and 8-12 Journalism. So... unless it doesn't cost a whole whooping much more, I may add the Journalism certification to the English... but which English? I know there are 2 openings in the area for High School English teachers (8-12), and one for Jr. High.
So any teachers on my flist? Anyone in education? I know I have a few... so you are the ones I'd like to pic your brain *yum yum* ... is it better to get the lower grade certification and work in those grades, and try to move up? (I think 8-12 could be fun cause they are almost adults and could have some challenging discussions) Or should I just do the 8-12 certification? Would that restrict me from going to the lower grades (if I become mental and want to teach some 4-6 grade kids)... EEP!
Ok, so there ya go. My adventure! And now I go and catch up on my DVR TV shows... from the past 3 weeks. :) Thanks in advance!!