After weeks of job interviews, I can now proudly say that I have a job. I will be teaching high school math in the fall, and I could not be more excited. It’s been a long time coming. I finished student-teaching and earned my post-baccalaureate teaching certification back in January 2013, but I spent the last year and a half either traveling or working part-time jobs in the community in a variety of education-related settings. These experiences were very rewarding and enriching, both personally and professionally, but eventually I found myself yearning to get into the classroom and officially do what I was meant to do– teach math.
My student-teaching experience was good, but I didn’t leave it feeling particularly inspired. Fortunately, a little over a year ago I discovered the wonderland that is the MathTwitterBlog-o-Sphere. One day, bored and cruising Pinterest, I noticed some pins from math teachers. One thing led to another, and suddenly I found myself immersed in a world of talented and passionate math teachers. I’m pretty sure Sarah Hagan’s Math Equals Love was one of the first blogs I stumbled upon. From there, I remember reading Julie’s blog, I Speak Math, and Sam’s Continuous Everywhere, Differentiable Nowhere. Then I kept seeing bloggers mention some guy named Dan Meyer, so eventually I made it over to dy/dan. The rest is history. I could not stop reading blog posts and clicking links. I couldn’t believe that such a fabulous resource existed, and I was so inspired. Why didn’t they tell me about the MTBoS in teaching school?!
Fast forward to this spring. Done with long-term travel and feeling inspired by my work at the local Boys and Girls Club and for AVID, I knew it was time to get into the classroom and really make a difference in students’ mathematics education. I applied to 15 math teaching jobs in my area and was asked to do several interviews. As mentioned at the beginning of the post, the job search was a success, and I happily accepted an offer at an awesome school. Interestingly, although not surprisingly, this was definitely the interview that I thought went the best. For what it’s worth (not much), here’s my advice for interviews: be confident and don’t worry about answering every question perfectly– just talk about what you love and what inspires you.
So, here I am! After a year of lurking, I am officially joining the MTBoS. I am so excited to be a part of this community. You’ve already found my blog, and you can find me on Twitter @sailormary13. I’ll be posting throughout the summer as I get ready for my first-year of teaching (ahh! so many emotions!), and in the fall I plan to do this year’s installment of Explore the MTBoS.