So, there is a potential job opportunity on the horizon...
This past week I found a listing which I think I am very well suited for. It's a position teaching Senior Kindergarten at a private school.
For those new here, I taught Senior Kindergarten at a private school for five years (and Pre-Kindergarten for two years), before being laid off last year.
I love teaching. I love the creativity and enthusiasm of five year olds. I enjoy the benefits that come from working in the private system and am usually happy to manage the added demands.
However, the job starts in July and I feel so incredibly sad about the prospect of having to find care for our baby when she is only six months old. I know how ridiculous that must sound to many readers who only get six weeks or so with their newborns, but I always expected to have a year with my baby. When I got laid off I recognized that I would probably have to go to work when she was nine months old if I wanted a job, as teachers are almost all hired for a September start-date. I was prepared to leave her at nine months, if the opportunity presented itself. I was not prepared to have to leave her at six months. (I think this position starts in July because the SK program is new to the school and the job will likely involve setting up the classroom and planning the curriculum.) The idea of leaving our little baby with someone who is not her parent makes my heart break a little bit. Still, passing up a job that I will likely enjoy and that will provide us with the income we need to take care of our family would be foolish.
I know I'm getting ahead of myself. I don't even have an interview, much less a job offer, but I've been thinking about how it would all play out were I offered the position.
There are a few other issues.
It is a Christian school and I don't know how they would feel about having a gay teacher on staff. Technically they can't discriminate, but it could still be uncomfortable. I would have to think about whether I wanted to be "out" or whether I wanted to keep my personal life private, but I know myself and I know keeping things private would be difficult in a number of ways. However, if I were out and they had an issue with it, they could just fail to renew my contract at the end of the school year (which could happen anyway).
The location, although manageable, is also less than ideal. I could take public transit, but it would be a horrible commute (easily over an hour each way), so we would potentially be looking at purchasing a second vehicle.
I am still going to apply. And I do hope that I am offered the job. Right now the education system here is flooded with qualified teachers looking for jobs... so much so that I cannot even get an interview with the public board. It would be foolish for me to pass up this opportunity. Another position to which I am so well suited may not come up. And, though I really struggle with the thought of leaving Sprout, I still think the pros outweigh the cons. Still, I wish there weren't any cons to consider.