The children were eager to learn and I enjoyed working with my co-workers/families, the staff was assertive.
Sometimes what was needed for teacher/student interaction was not always available. So you had to be creative at times.
Advice to Management
Talk with staff and parents to find out what they want to incorporate and be more available to listen and make changes where needed.
I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at City of Baker School System (Baker, LA) in June 2009.
The interview was conducted behind closed doors with a five member board in the first phase. That I didn't like. I ws used to interviewing in public. The questions went on for a while. They focused on what I had done as successes and mistakes I had made. They also wanted to know what I would do to improve the school system.
At that time it was the second worse school system in Louisiana with many, many personnel problems. It improved slightly while I was there, and it has since regressed again. There was also a public interview one evening, and it was attended obviously by some school employees. However, there was also a large number of community leaders and parents since the school system had performed so poorly over the years. The one criticism of me that I remember that night was that I called the board president by her first name. I had gotten to know her over the weeks of the process through repeated phone calls to and from me. I really let that slip. I should have remained more formal with her as I did with the others.
I really did handle the negotiation phase. I had an attorney, and I let him handle that since he knew more about contractual give and take. That worked well. He got me a reasonable salary for a two plus year contract with a car and a phone allowance. I would not have thought of the things he did, and I would have been worse for it.
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