I had another job interview today.
I was initially apprehensive, driving along as I was, along what appeared to be some kind of driving skill course, the road weaving in and through the NC foothills with a posted speed limit of 60 MPH. Horses, alfalfa, old men sitting on fence posts, young boys playing the banjo – all of that. Right out of a John Denver song.
The school itself is rural, but with a very friendly and genial staff, from what I could tell. No questions as to my physical ability to withstand teenage blows to the face or how to deflect ass rape in the parking lot. They instead asked much more encouraging questions, as to my ability to administer reading quizes and motivate AP students. *sigh of relief*
So the only drawback here is the lengthy commute (45 min — hour, depending on whether on not cattle block the major intersection), and the fact that I’d be working in a town whose largest landmark is the Food Lion. But I really liked the head of the dept, and he was very encouraging. It’s a mostly young department, so we’d all be able to help each other. It also seems like there is very little turnover, indicating that most of the teachers are pretty happy there.
Tomorrow I go back into the hills and interview with their competitor, the slightly larger local high school. What — do they have a bigger banjo?