Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The beat goes on

Had yet another Round One interview at a different school district today -- this one at a middle school in an affluent Monmouth County town. Though not the equivalent of a job offer, the principal on the way toward the exit told me, "You did a great job."

I know I sound like a little boy with an ear-to-ear following an adult's affirmation of Rorschach-like finger painting, but as anyone whom has gone through a protracted interview process in the public schools knows, it's rare to get any feedback at all. Only "You're hired, sign here," or else a letter many weeks after it no longer matters, insincerely saying, ":It was a tough choice, and your credentials are impressive, but I sure hope the line at the soup kitchen isn't that long for you this time of year."