I am too cocky to know how to handle rejection. My self-confidence leads me to believe that no matter what the situation, I can prevail. So when I received the phone call to inform me that I had been rejected by a school district in Connecticut, I didn't know how to respond. So, I am going to blog about it.
Yes, my wife, daughter, and I are planning to move to Connecticut. My parents, younger brother, and sister all live there; and my older brother lives in Rhode Island. Having to raise my daughter away from aunts, uncles, cousins, and especially grandparents is not something I wish to do. So, this summer we will leave the Pacific Northwest for my native New England.
The scariest part is that we don't have jobs yet. But I did interview last week. The interview happened over the phone, something I don't recommend to anyone. Personally, I need to have the people in the room. Today, the principal of the school called to inform me that I wasn't in their top three.
The reasons baffled me. They had a strong applicant pool--my recommendations clearly state my strengths. In the end, my G.P.A. and my few years of experience hindered me.
What? My 3.1 G.P.A. from my Church Ministry Degree (what I received prior to returning for my Teacher Certificate) affects my ability to teach? Really? Hmmmmm. I disagree, but okay, I'll concede that on paper things like G.P.A. might stand out.
But my years of experience? Hmmmmmm. Again, I disagree that a teacher who has eight years of experience makes her a better qualified candidate than me. I am just too cocky to believe that.
Any way, here's what gets me. I can't do anything about my G.P.A. or my years of experience. Had the principal said, "Well, your lack of experience with Connecticut's standards, blah blah blah, I could go out and learn those standards this week. My rejection, at least the reasons I was given, had nothing to do with ability to teach.
I'll keep my head and chin up because that's what I do. But I wont' lie. I feel pretty low tonight.