I got a call today with an offer for a new job.
Some of you know that I was a Chef in an earlier life. I got an offer to be the Culinary Instructor at The Strawbridge School in Baltimore; an alternative learning center for troubled, abandoned and at-risk kids. http://www.boardofchildcare.org/html...dge_school.htm
I've accepted the job; it's what I've always wanted to do, but never had the accredation to do; apparently my 30 plus years of experience count for more than I thought, and I have a couple of years to complete my Bachelors with mucho assistance.
These are kids that have been "pushed out" of the public school system because of disruptive behavior...I'll be trained in "restraint" techniques; cameras in all the halls; lockdown and controlled access; every teacher has a TA, as much for constant supervision of the kids as for teaching.
I know I'm up to the actual teaching part; it's the getting through to the hard cases that I'm concerned about. This is an opportunity for me to share a vision of opportunity for these kids... I hope I'm able to pull it off.
I'm equal parts scared and excited. School starts in two weeks, the program is in a shambles (I don't know for sure, but the previous instructor may have lost his enthusiasm; not much materials and notes, dirty facilities, clutter and disorganization) so I'm going to have to scramble to put something decent together AND extricate myself from our family business. Time to stick it in hyperdrive.