Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What-Does-That-Have-To-Do-With-Running? Wednesday

How do you like my random, inconsistent blog themes? I doubt by next Wednesday I will remember that I created "What-Does-That-Have-To-Do-With-Running? Wednesday". I'll probably be on some other weekday related kick. It's how I keep life interesting. Plus, I'm forgetful... so it works for me.

Now for the nonrunning-related blog stuff:

It Looks Like Good News
It looks like I have a job! I've been sort of looking since August but have found very few opportunities that fit into my Mommy Schedule. Honestly, I don't know how working moms juggle it all!

I got a call yesterday from the director of my son's preschool and I sensed right away what the purpose of the call was. I had mentioned a few months ago that I would be interested in applying to work at the preschool should the opportunity arise. Well, apparently the need has risen and the director wants me to fill it!

The problem is, I'm both overqualified and underqualified. I'm licensed by the state of California to teach Kindergarten through eighth grade. Preschool teaching is a whole other ball of wax. You don't need nearly as much education to be a preschool teacher... but in order to work in a preschool, state law requires you to have at least six units of Child Development. If you want to be a lead preschool teacher you need several more units.

I only have three units of Child Development (taken almost 20 years ago!) but I'm allowed to work if I am enrolled in classes. I will pretty much be the assistant to the lead preschool teacher. I'm happy with that, I don't want the responsibility of being the teacher. I've seen preschool teachers at work... and I believe they are truly overworked and underpaid! Even more so than elementary school teachers.

So, guess who's going back to school? Me! I plan to enroll in an online child development course through a local community college. I also need to get recertified in CPR and First Aid. I sort of like school so I don't mind the whole college thing. And CPR/First Aid is just something everyone should know.

I don't even know what the pay will be... but I don't care. Fortunately, we are not hurting for money right now. With that said, it will be nice to have a little extra to ease the financial strain that most one-income families have to face. The best part is, my work schedule will be the same as my youngest son's schedule. This is what I have been looking, hoping, and praying for.

Here's the Running Connection
Since it's only part-time, I'll have the hours I need to get other stuff done. I will still have time to train for my half marathon and have a way to fund our half-marathon weekend get-away. I will feel less-guilty about purchasing running stuff (I love running "stuff"). I think I will be less lazy since I tend to be happier and more energetic when I have more on my plate. Heck, maybe I'll even get those preschoolers to train for a half-marathon! Yep, right after I purchase my backyard bull.

One Final and Weird Non-Running Fact
The preschool is a church preschool. My church. It's also the church where my husband works. So, in a round-about way, I'll be working with my husband. Sort of. He has nothing to do with the preschool but our paychecks will be cut from the same place. And I will see him at the monthly staff lunches. Just sort of weird to me... but in a cool sort of way.

IF I actually get the job, that is. I'll believe it when I get the official word from the "higher-ups" I'll keep you informed.


joyRuN said...

I like that Child Development requirement for pre-school! We don't have that in NJ, & though I'm very happy with our pre-school, it would've been added confidence to know my child's teachers had that extra qualification.

Sounds like a great opportunity!

RunToTheFinish said...

so glad you are dooing teh bootie bustin, I need to connect with you again since SD!

congrats on the job, you sound super excited

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

Sara that's awesome, I'm so happy for you. It's great to be getting new skills too!

Oh, and whatever that drink is you're drinking in the post below, I want one thank you :)

Irene said...

I hope the job works out for you. It sounds like a perfect situation!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

OK I am cofused where do the M&M's come in?? Just kidding. Hugs and congrats!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

My fingers are crossed for you! Hope it works out! :)

Tricia said...

Good luck with the job!

MCM Mama said...

OOh, I hope that works out for you. That's exactly what I'm looking for in the next couple of years.

The Happy Runner said...

Sara, that's awesome!! How cool. I hope you get it and it works out!

Wendy Lestina said...

Interesting how a five-year credential still needed additional schooling for preschool teaching...this is such a hot issue right now with the state standards committees, I'd love to have to post something about it on California's is read by the people who are arguing about standards for preschool teachers.