I was invited to a final interview with Teach for America back in August, which was like, forever ago. I was so excited when I found out, but since then my enthusiasm has been put on hold. Basically I had to wait around for a bunch of information to be submitted to me, which happened TODAY. Yay.
Today I was able to sign up for my final interview, which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on October 22. I have to do it in Georgia because I’m volunteering at the upcoming World Race training camp during the TFA interview week. I’m actually pretty excited that my interview falls at the same time as training camp – I’ll have amazing prayers and support from many of my World Race family who have heard me talk about TFA since our race began over a year ago.
My [former] teammate Emily is actually coming with me to the interview, lol. Well, she’ll really be reading at a nearby coffee shop or something, but I got pretty nervous when I thought about borrowing someone’s car and driving kind of far away to a place I’ve never been in order to attend this pretty intense day-long interview all by myself, so I asked her to come with me. There’s a fairly long break in the afternoon, and they suggest you bring a book. I decided to bring Emily.
Today I was also able to submit my preferred region placement. Um, talk about a hard decision. I’ve actually been praying about this for over a month, and I asked some other people to join me in prayer to see if any of the same cities came to mind. Unfortunately, our great minds did not think alike. One person had Baltimore, another Detroit, and another Pittsburgh (…which isn’t even a TFA city, lol.)
I ended up putting down Charlotte, Denver, San Francisco, Nashville, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Seattle (TFA isn’t officially located in Seattle yet, but they said it could happen.) I thought you could only pick a top 3 – but apparently you can pick as many cities as you like. I felt like a kid at Christmastime – which toy/city did I want the most? It’s weird to think that one of these places actually might be my HOME for a long, long time.
A week or so ago I started to get really nervous when I thought about the interview day – there’s so much pressure to perform impeccably. But then God reminded me IT’S NOT ABOUT ME – if I get in it’s because of him. I just need to keep reminding myself of that.
And now, I want to ask you guys for some help. I need to prepare a 5-minute lesson plan for my interview. I was thinking about teaching on the semicolon, because I thought it was something simple enough that I could teach in under five minutes, but my brother disagreed. He said the semicolon requires massive explanation – and few people really understand how it works in the end. He suggested I teach on the solar system or Sherlock Holmes. But I think those ideas are kind of massive too – I need something more specific. Any ideas?