Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I LOVE teaching. I really love teaching. So when I decided to stay home with my newborn daughter 2 years ago, it was a heart-wrenching decision. I knew I wanted to be a mom, but I loved teaching. It was a crossroad in my life that took a lot of thought, budget-adjustment, and even more prayer.

I ultimately decided to stay at home with Sariah. This was great because it allowed me to take in my niece and nephew a few days a week, play with Sariah, and enjoy being a mom.

Then, along came James. Boy, I am really glad I decided to stay home, now!

But I miss teaching. A lot. So, I decided that I might try to find an online teaching position somewhere. I had my Master's degree, so I could teach for Pima or an online University (such as the University of Phoenix). I could also teach for an online high school.

Oh wait - scrap the high school. Although I have my Master's degree, I didn't finish the necessary steps to obtain my teaching certificate.

But, a lot of online high schools are having record enrollment. Maybe I'll finish the last 2 requirements so I can apply for my certificate? Yes. I knew this was what I needed to do. I enrolled in an 8-week online course through Pima, and signed up to take the proficiency test. Just in case.

2 weeks ago, I was contacted by NAU. They have an opening at their Tucson campus and they are interested in hiring me. Wonderful position!! I would be teaching the science methods course to Master's degree students. WOW. But...(and this is a big butt)...it's not online. I would have to be away on Monday evenings from 5-10 pm. But...(another big butt)...who knows what it could turn in to? Once I get my foot in the door, I'd have insider access to the online openings! Big bonus right there. I have an interview with them next week.

Last week, I was contacted by the University of Phoenix. I sent in my resume months ago, and made it all the way through the interviewing process. I was not selected. I was sad. Then, I opened my email last week and found an interview request! See, there's 3 steps to the process.
1. Send in the resume.
2. Online interview (answer these 15 questions in a word document and email the answers in).
3. Phone interview.
Once you complete the phone interview, you are offered a position if you are what they are looking for. By 3pm on Thursday, I had completed steps 1 and 2. Now, let's wait for step 3.

My cell phone rings at 9:25 this morning. It's the principal from an online high school. She's very interested in hiring me because their enrollment has doubled this year and she desperately needs a good science teacher. Cue Moi. Now, I would not have gotten this phone call had I not already been enrolled in my course at Pima and been on my way to my teaching certificate. That decision I made 3 months ago has made its appearance as to WHY I made that decision 3 months ago. The job is mine, if I want it. I have to have an in-person interview on Friday to meet and greet, shake hands, and sign a piece of paper.

I get online at 10:30 to email my hubby the good news, and what do I find in my inbox?? A PHONE interview request from the University of Phoenix!!! Within 1 hour of each other, I have a job offered to me by an online high school, and am moving on to the last step of the interviewing process of UofP.

Oh, and don't forget NAU.

I really am speechless. THIS IS SO COOL.

I will let you know how my interview on Friday goes.

My phone interview for U of P isn't for a couple weeks, but I'll let you know how that goes, too.

If I decide to take the online high school job, I will turn down NAU. I would rather teach online than on a ground campus. One step at a time. I can't get ahead of myself. But it's so hard!!

Now I just need to take a deep breath and wait and see what happens.


Jason and Amy said...

congrats that is all so awesome. sounds like they are all great opportunities. I did not know you had your masters! You go girl, that is so rad. Now that I have been out of school for 3 or 4 years im kinda itchin to get my masters.... we will see, someday maybe :)

Brianna said...

I am so happy for you!

Will you help me for next school year? We feel strongly it is time for me to come home (now that Rob is on more steady ground) and for us to finish our family. And we feel that having me teach at home, online, is the way this should be done.

I have my certificate, my masters, and 3 years experience in the classroom...so I think I am marketable. I would love any information you can pass along.

And again, I am so excited for you! I know you will be guided to the right one! But it is always nice to have options and feel wanted like that! Props girl!!! :)

bedonts said...

So...which one would be your ideal job? That is awesome! Congrats! Keep us updated on how it all goes! Good Luck!

Aaron and Jessica said...

How exciting! You pretty much have your choice of whatever you want it sounds like! I really hope it works out for you! You'll definitely have to let us know how it goes!
Random question-do you guys have a program to take VCR tapes and burn them to DVD? Just wondering!

Sarah said...

wow amber! that's great!!

Ren, Anna & Tristan said...

Amber!! This is so great!!! I can't believe you're thinking of turning down NAU, though!! Well, I totally see why, but holy cow...I would LOVE to teach in person!!!! Let me know how UOP works out!