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I talked to my MIL (who works in the same district as the principal I saw today), and she said she has never heard of this principal wasting her time just to say she interviewed x-number of people. So I have done some research and found where it is common, really pretty much acceptable, to do a thank you/follow-up email just to restate why you are a good candidate and to thank them for the interview. I think I will do that, because her second question to me was about transitioning between elementary and secondary (I knew that would be a big concern for her), but I don't feel like I really got my point across about why I think I could do it. The position is open for 10th grade, which is the tested grade in high school here in MS. Her concern (and I understand why) is test scores. I researched their scores from the past 7 years, and they have steadily declined each year. I totally see her concern, but I come from a school where we are K-3, and 3rd grade is the only tested grade in our school. So I am no stranger to pressure for test scores since our grade was the biggest focus. Our principal stayed on top of us pretty well and kept communication open about our instruction. So I will email her just to hit that point home, and we'll see what happens.
We just found out for 100% we're loosing one of our preps next year, so we'll only have prep every other day and Idk how I'll get things ready. Idk quite how every thing you ladies in elementary works, I know you probably put in a lot of time after school, but I already do that, Idk what I'm going to do.
I totally think you should do an email! When I've been on interview teams, I've gotten thank you cards from people and they are well received.
Here's my email. I had to toot my own horn a bit, which I don't do often, but this gave me a chance to make a point that I didn't very well in the interview. Did I help myself or just knock myself out of the running? LOL
Thank you again for allowing me to interview today. It was a pleasure seeing you and Mr. Boudreaux again. I don't want to take much of your time, but I would like to write a short follow-up email pertaining to our discussion today.
I understand your concern about a transition from elementary to secondary teaching. As I stated before, I believe I would work well with students in high school because I have very high expectations for my students. I truly feel I would enjoy working with older students to push them academically in the areas of grammar and literature.
My experience, although it has been with younger students, was in a tested grade (third grade). Not only was it a tested grade, but it was the ONLY tested grade in our K-3 school. I am no stranger to the pressures of high academic achievement, as our principal was very vigilant about our instruction and made sure he communicated with us about our practices to help ensure the best test scores possible. I believe my students have really benefited from my educational practices of spiral reviews, centers, and small-group discussion as much as possible. My plan for a secondary classroom is to be very involved and dynamic to retain the students' interest and maximize learning from bell to bell.
I respect your employment decision and trust your judgement will be what's best for your school. Please keep in mind that, if given the chance, I will thoroughly research the curriculum and prepare myself to skillfully instruct the students. Thank you again for your time today. I hope you have a restful break!