Does it seem strange to anyone else that Teach For America asks that we take the first offer we receive? I understand the logic behind it, as interviews are supposedly scheduled in some sequential strategic fashion so that they end in a hire, and it wouldn’t make sense to have corps members field multiple interviews/offers, especially while others may not have any on the horizon. But I suppose I am just too used to having options to choose from – college, law school, other jobs – and not used to having absolutely no say in something.
Don’t get me wrong: Anyone who knows me knows I would teach any subject anywhere with Teach For America… though it certainly wouldn’t be in anyone’s best interest to place me as a social studies teacher, as that section on the Praxis II: MSCK schooled me (pun totally intended). And honestly, I’m not someone who should even be given choices, because I suffer from chronic indecision.
So believe me when I say I was incredibly pleased to receive an offer from the principal the day after my interview. She seems like a really dedicated and supportive administrator – “I’ve been here 34 years as a teacher and principal. No one cares more about this school and wants the students here to succeed more than I do,” she said during my interview – and I am very excited to work with her. In an ideal world, maybe, I would interview at more schools, I could be selective, choose the school that fit me best, but if we lived in that world, Teach For America wouldn’t have to exist. In this world, I will make my school be my best fit and me its best fit.