So... While I was away, I was trying to be patient.
Patient. That word is so evocative..... Brings me such frustration, and peace, all at the same time.
I took the CBEST exam for California - it's a test you have to pass if you want to teach in CA...... passing that test, along with having a BA/BS makes you eligible to apply for a substitute teaching credential.
Well, I passed the CBEST and ordered my transcripts, and submitted my application to the state.... and began to wait... and wait.... and wait.....
I totally underestimated how long it would take the State of California to process 5 pieces of data.
I submitted my application on June 18. They finally approved it on August 24. And every day for 2 months, I sat on my booty and checked the website praying that they approval would be there... and every day for 2 months, it wasn't there.
And then several local school districts started posting their sub teaching jobs for the school year - and I couldn't apply because my credential wasn't valid yet.... waiting... waiting.... waiting......
I had placed all of this in the Lord's hands at the very beginning - I knew if He wanted me to persue this, it would all work out. I wanted to sub, and I wanted to work in my kids' district. That was the only thing that would work, and still allow me to be MOM.
Well... I FINALLY got my credential.
And then there were no jobs open. So I waited. And waited....
And then I checked my kids' district website on LABOR DAY.... yep - ON THE HOLIDAY! Who looks for work on the holiday? me! And it's a good thing I did! I had until 4 PM the FOLLOWING DAY to apply - they only accepted applications for less than 48 hours!
Luckily, I was ready! So I submitted my app, and was finally.... FINALLY approved and hired! But not until I had more fingerprints taken, and a TB test done (yep -- more waiting....)
So I've been teaching for about 2 weeks.
I have a new happy place. And I love it.
I'm happier than I've been in several years.
So you just might see lots of substitute teacher horror stories here in the future - and probably a bit less quilting stuff....