In 2001, as my masters program was coming to its end, the teachers in my cohort and I were busy looking for jobs. It was a strange situation—for months, we’d been learning together, supporting one another, working side-by-side—and then suddenly we were competing for the same positions. In our cohort of thirty teachers, ten of us were English certified and it didn’t take much to realize that there weren’t going to be enough positions for all of us.
I was lucky and received an offer after my first interview, and sixteen years later, I’m still at that same school. But I’ll never forget a conversation I had with one of my fellow teachers shortly after I’d accepted an offer for a teaching position. Read on.