Since April 18th, I have been sending out job applications all over the midwest. Few options were panning out as July rolled around. I was starting to get extremely nervous about the coming school year and if I would even be teaching this fall.
I got an e mail from Brett Clark (twitter @Mr_Brett_Clark) asking if I would Skype in to a webinar with Jonathan Bergmann about the Flipped Classroom. Of course, I'm always looking for ways to talk to teachers interested in using a flipped approach, so I readily took the offer. As I was talking with Brett and Jon about the webinar, I mentioned that I was looking for work. Jon had already been a huge help to me, sending my name out to his contacts, and Brett was eager to help as well. His district also happened to have a couple of science openings available, so he got in touch with those principals and they ended up sitting in on the webinar session.
Long story short, after the presentation, I had an interview with the principal and a job offer that night to teach biology. I've just accepted the position and I'll be the new biology teacher at Harrison High School in Evansville, IN.
As I was talking with the principal, she really stressed that I was hired to help push the science department with technology use and designing meaningful, technology-integrating instruction. I'm extremely excited about not only having a job come August, but also having the freedom to continue what I've done in the last year and the freedom to refine and push the flipped classroom strategy. Now that I'm teaching biology, I'm excited to begin to move away from the videos and more into guided inquiry, POGIL, and other tools that can be used in a flipped setting.
Thank you so much to everyone that has helped in my job search. It wouldn't have been possible without people taking time to send my name around and to send names to me. Its just another example of how having a PLN can really come through when you need it.