Monday, April 26, 2010

Interview tomorrow!

About a week ago I got an email from a principal at Granger Elementary saying this: "Granger Elementary School, Granite School District, would like to interview you for an hourly teaching position. This position would begin as soon as the hiring process is completed. This position would require qualified applicants to work with struggling reading and math students in a small group setting. There is no contractual promise. This position would end at the end of June 2010. Please respond to this email as soon as possible so an appointment can be made. Thanks for your interest." I was quite excited when I checked my email and emailed her back right away saying I was interested. A few days after I got another email saying this: "Congratulations!

You are one of 16 applicants being considered for our 2 hourly teaching positions at Granger Elementary School. We will be conducting interviews on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at the school. We are located at 3700 S. 1950 W, West Valley City, Utah. We are in a beautiful new building located behind the Redwood Drive In.

The position you will be interviewing for is a teaching position working with small groups of students (about 5) on fluency and comprehension skills using the Read Naturally program during the morning hours. Each group runs 30 minutes seat to seat. You’ll be picking up the students from their class, taking them to a teaching station, teaching and then returning them to their class. After a lunch on your time, you’ll be working with small groups of students on math, using the computer program “Study Island” to address number concepts, problem solving, and measurement. You’ll need to be flexible as your teaching space will change throughout the day.

You’ll be working about 6 hours per day, 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday. The pay is on the teacher salary scale and runs about $25/hour with a Bachelor’s degree and no teaching experience. It takes up to 2 weeks for the district to make the decision to hire after we make the recommendation. Once that decision is made, the position starts. We’ll be working through June 24th.

If this job is one you’d like to interview for, we’d love to see you on Tuesday, April 27th at ____11:15____. Come to the office, bringing your resume and any information you’d like us to see. We don’t have your file in front of us, so use this time to let us know all about your skills.

We look for to meeting you."

Yep, I go in for an interview tomorrow! I am quite excited about it but sad to not be subbing at my school anymore if I get the job. I asked my principal to write a letter of recommendation for me and she did. I read it and wanted to cry. I love her! So cross your fingers and pray that I get it. It will be good to have a more permanent job for a few months at least.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


The weather has been beautiful! It is so nice to be able to go outside in shorts and flip flops or a skirt and not get cold until night time! Minus the snow I woke up to Tuesday morning this week has been beautiful and warm (around 70). It is supposed to be nice for a few more days.. yay!

Yesterday I went on a field trip again with the fourth graders at Kelsey's school. This time they went to the Hogle Zoo. I was quite excited about going to the zoo. It has been 5 years (last day of high school) that I have been to the zoo. It was such a nice day and I only had 3 kids I was in charge of. It was great! The kids were great until the end. They were getting tired and whiny. Overall the Hogle Zoo was a lot of fun but I decided that Woodland Park is still better. I was very excited to see the baby giraffe, baby elephant, and baby tiger. When we got there I found out that the baby giraffe died. Sad day! The giraffe's are probably my favorite thing to see at the zoo. But I did get to see 4 other giraffes and the other babies. Refer to the pictures for more on what we saw... I took a lot and won't bore with all the pictures. I'll post the pictures later.. this post is long enough.

On another note... I have subbed three days this week after tomorrow. Subbing is still going well for me. I am getting anywhere from 2-3 days a week on average. Some more and some non at all. But I usually work every week. I am still subbing a lot at my school and love it! The kids there are awesome minus all their behavior problems. A lot of the issues are because of family things. It breaks my heart but I have come to a new love for those kids with some of the things they go through daily. After school today I was talking to a few of the teachers and one of the teachers told me they are cutting back at least one teacher next year. I am still hoping they will hire me despite it all. Another teacher told me go check out summer school. So I went to talk to the lady over it and she said they will probably be looking for another teacher but would let me know for sure. If they are then I have the job! Wohoo! It will only be for a month but it is only 4 hours a day, $25ish/hour, 3 hours of teaching with 1 hour prep. What a perfect job! I am crossing my fingers and praying I get it. I am also going to go apply for a reading specialist job. It is not somehting that I really want to do, but it is a job and the district will train me and get me certified, so why not! I just hope that work falls into place and I don't have to worry about that anymore.

Other than that, life is great! I am loving life and trying to learn from it everyday. I am grateful for everything that I have in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with the Cruickshank's at this time. To read more about what is going on there click on their blog from my blog lists. It was quite heart breaking and makes you evaluate your life and appreciate all you have. Get better Scott! Beside's that, I am back on the market and trying to find someone. I guess I should stop with this post before it takes you 3 days to read it. I love you all!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Easter weekend

What a weekend! I had spring break last week so it was nice except for everyone left me this weekend. Becky's parents were down so she was with them and Kels went home for her dad's funeral and the Hale boys were with Becky or doing their own thing. So I spend time with Ron and his family. The week was pretty good minus all the snow and cold weather! Becky and I went to the temple Thursday. Friday Ryan and I went out to dinner and to a movie. That night my old roommate Rachel came into town and stayed with me. Saturday was general conference. I watched it by myself in front of my computer then Ron picked me up later and we went to Cabella's and out to dinner. It was good to spend some time with him. That night Rachel and I went and had some Gelato's and drove around Salt Lake. She is getting ready for her mission. I am super excited for her. She is going to Ohio Cincinatti Spanish speaking and leaves May 12. It's crazy but I am happy for her. Then Sunday, Ryan, Amber, and I went to General Conference at the conference center. Afterwards, Becky, the Hale's, and I went to Idaho for the funeral on Monday. Monday I went and saw Liz and her family then came back and went to Aunt Helen's birthday. The weekend went by quick but it was tons of fun.

I am so grateful for the talks that were given in conference. It has made me think a lot as well as strengthening my testimony of the gospel, especially my Savior. I am so glad I am a member of the church and have the gospel in my life. It is such a strength to me. I am grateful for our Savior and for the Atonement. I am also grateful for my family and for the examples that each one of you bring to me. There are so many things in my life to be grateful for that I will spare you the details. But I want you to know that I love my Savior and all He has done for us.