This week marks seven weeks since I arrived in New York City. It has been an eventful time, seeing Madelyn in her show (4 times), visiting my old apartment building on St. Marks Place in the East Village (didn’t recognize the street), getting together with friends from long ago, celebrating my birthday with family all together for the first time in 22 years, and of course, finding employment. It is this last one that has had the most impact on my new life in NYC.
You know how when something happens quickly, neatly and without barriers? Well, that’s how I got my job at New Heights Academy Charter School. Resume submitted: Thursday; E-mail saying that they would like me to move on in the process, so answer these questions; send questions in Friday night; Saturday night around 9pm I get an e-mail saying they would like me to come in on Monday for an interview at 10:30 am; Monday – interview – went well; was told that I was their top candidate and they wanted a “mature” person with experience!; Was I surprised!
One hour later I get a voicemail to call the Exec. Director to speak about something very exciting; call the Exec. Director – she already called my references and was offering me the job; I accepted! In so many ways it feels as if this job was just waiting for me; like it was MY job. The staff is 100 strong and is made up of mostly young teachers on their first, second or third job after college. There are three of us “mature” women; the high school director, the speech pathologist and me. In many ways the majority of the staff reminds of my Early College High School coworkers, so maybe I won’t be too lonely for them!
I made it through the first week. Week two is more training and getting to know my caseload of students. The students arrive on Sept. 8, and I am both nervous and excited to greet them on their first day. Time to start making new memories.