Saturday, July 10, 2010

I got the Job!!!

I really and truly thought I was going to be a stay at home Mama until Johnny was in college... It's always been the plan...

Then... William's course selection paperwork showed up in the mail, and I noticed "International Cuisine" as a new course being offered, and he signed up for the course...

He showed me the paper, and said... 'Hey Mom, look at this... they must have hired someone to teach this new elective."

I looked at it... said... "Huh... yeah... cool!  Cooking class is important in the teen years, especially so teens can learn how to feed themselves while in college... not to mention... it's fun too and they'll get to eat the results... and the tests..."

I thought nothing more about it... until I went to a Football Meeting, where a good friend of mine at the school took me aside and said... "Hey... just so you know... a few of us put your name in to teach that cooking class here."

I said... "WHAT?????"  What cooking class!!!  Me? For real?"  I was sooooo elated inside... mentally making my syllabus in my head... already making menus, and designing aprons for each student...

She said... "Yep... you are perfect for the job, you HAVE to apply!"

So I did. Way back in May.  After I put my app in, I kinda just forgot about it.  I felt completely at peace about it... if they wanted me, they'd give me an interview and offer me the job... if they didn't... they wouldn't.  It was as simple as that.  Going back to work was about 8 years away...

Yesterday was my interview.  It was great.  My first interview in 22 years, for my first job in 16 years, for someone else besides myself as the boss of my own company.  I was nervous, but not so much as to let it show... and I didn't interrupt or speak to quickly or ramble on...

I GOT THE JOB!  I am now the proud teacher of one class of "International Cuisine" one hour each morning from 8-9 a.m.  Great hours HUH???

I will teach two semesters, to 20 students, and I am SOOOOO EXCITED!  The Superintendent of our school gave me a tour of my HUMONGOUS classroom, complete with every amenity available... it even has red and white checkerboard curtains like a restaurant...

He gave me CARTE BLANCHE to paint, purge, decorate, move furniture etc... sooooo exciting!!! I HAVE A CLASSROOM... and it's AWESOME!!!

I'm going in on Monday, when I drop William off at Football, to begin the organization.

I am sooo thankful that I'll be able to come home and continue to run my other businesses and be able to cook for busy families and organizations...

I just hope the kids like the class, and really learn from it, and want be there.  I want it to be a very successful class, where maybe some students will find a hidden passion for cooking and want to pursue it in more depth.  I hope to inspire the students to live graciously, and to view hospitality as an asset and something to be proud of.

Soooo... I am now a Culinary Arts Teacher... and I am soooo PROUD!!!


  1. That is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Congratulations!!! I have a feeling you'll be GREAT! I love that you have so many ideas of what you want to do and want your students to love cooking as much as you do. I'm sure that will be contagious! I'm very happy for you.

  2. They hired the best possible teacher! And the students will also learn healthy eating and what eating junk food will do to them. They will become great label readers too! Way to Go! Hope you win the Nightline People's Plate List contest also.

  3. Congratulations! I remember the post and I've been wondering if you had heard from them. But I didn't want to jinx anything by asking! You are perfect for the job and I think the job will be perfect FOR YOU too!

  4. how perfect for you! I'm excited and wish I could take the adult ed version of the course.

  5. I am sooo excited for you!
    This is perfect-can't wait to hear all about it-


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