I've decided not to actively seek another teaching job for the fall, I've decided to get my administrative services credential and I've decided to start posting on livejournal again, duh!
I was a little surprised how easily I came to the first decision. Even before all the current drama (the bad kind, not the class) at school, I was thinking about leaving at the end of the year to allow myself to finish my master's and do my fieldwork, but it was unthinkable to walk away from a job in this economy and I do get paid pretty well. In early January, my boss informed me that he was not renewing my contract for next year. There's a story there, but I'm not going to go into it here, most of you know it anyway. After the initial shock, however, the sense that overcame me the most was relief. I have never felt that I fit in at my current school, I love teaching drama, but that's it, that's all that I had there. The highlight of my year is the advanced drama play (which opens tomorrow night!) and then I sink back into the drudgery of middle school. This is not to say that I will not be teaching in the fall, but i am not actively seeking, if something falls into my lap I will likely take it.
I've been hired as a consultant to teach seminars in classroom management, I go to Sedona, AZ at the end of April for a four day "train the trainer" seminar. It's consulting, as I said, so not a guranteed job thing, I have to do the legwork and find schools and districts to allow me to come do the seminars, but I can travel to other states and travel is reimbursed so that breaks down a lot of walls. The thing that worries me the most is the sales aspect, I've never done well with sales, but I feel like taking a shot. Even though it's not actual employment, this is the thing that is allowing me to feel not quite so desperate.
Second, I have pretty much decided to pursue my administrative services credential after I finish my master's and fieldwork. For those who don't know, this is the credential that allows one to be a principal. I don't necessarily want to be a principal, but a lot of districts are starting to put counselors in admin roles, and so having that credential as well could increase my job prospects. And, hey, I've learned how NOT to be a principal from my last two, so I might not do too bad there either.
Finally, Brent and I have decided to look for jobs in the Bay Area when we are both out of school, which will be in 2012, so a move back north may be pending!! I can dream, can't I?