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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-02-2007, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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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.

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My Vette club can be of some assistance....We will be coming up there next weekend to a show. It's a good thing you are doing. Let me know if you need something.
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That's pretty cool OTB. Keep us informed. That's one of those jobs that can be extremely rewarding if you can get through to them.

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My Vette club can be of some assistance....We will be coming up there next weekend to a show. It's a good thing you are doing. Let me know if you need something.
WOW! Thank you for the generous offer: I'm not actually starting for another week or so, (because we're working with kids, I have to be fingerprinted, bonded and undergo a background check) so outside of some preliminary organizing and planning, I actually can't start doing much. (THE cause for my concern).
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WOW! Thank you for the generous offer: I'm not actually starting for another week or so, (because we're working with kids, I have to be fingerprinted, bonded and undergo a background check) so outside of some preliminary organizing and planning, I actually can't start doing much. (THE cause for my concern).
Our major charity is Stepping Stones house in Rockville. We are looking for a new challenge-I would be glad to meet you and pitch it to the club.
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Before I got into screenwriting, I worked at a youth center whose main target was at-risk kids no one else wanted. These were the kids who needed a hand the most.

The hardest part is understanding that its really not personal (i've been sworn at, had paint thrown at me, etc). They've most likely dealt with adults in their lives who walked out on them or were crappy role models, or worse. Their behavior is just an expression of a tough life. You'll be surprised at how they open up when they know you won't give up or walk out on them.

I think you'll be really fulfilled with it, though it can be draining.

Congrats on the new job.

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Good luck, very cool that you're going to do that.
What kind of food do you specialize in cooking? Italian, French, etc?


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thats really cool! good luck with it.
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Good luck, very cool that you're going to do that.
What kind of food do you specialize in cooking? Italian, French, etc?
Primarily Regional French and Northern Italian, but to confuse the issue, I dabble in German and Swedish (my ancestral background) although today, with so much crossover and such creativity and experimentation on both sides of the pond, the lines between Continental and American, Asian and South American Cuisine are so blurred at the cutting edge as to be almost meaningless. You see things like Chilean Sea Bass and Black Beans served with Miso Sauce and Baked in Puff Pastry...what cuisine is that?


But that's another story for another day.....
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Primarily Regional French and Northern Italian, but to confuse the issue, I dabble in German and Swedish (my ancestral background) although today, with so much crossover and such creativity and experimentation on both sides of the pond, the lines between Continental and American, Asian and South American Cuisine are so blurred at the cutting edge as to be almost meaningless. You see things like Chilean Sea Bass and Black Beans served with Miso Sauce and Baked in Puff Pastry...what cuisine is that?


But that's another story for another day.....
Thanks, now I'm hungry.


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good luck, hope it turns out better than expected
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That sounds like a real good thing. I you because I don't have the patience to teach kids like that.




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Great job. Keep us posted.
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I am sure it will be rewarding for you. My mom works at a school here in CT similar to what you described. Good Luck!
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OTB that's very cool. Congratulations on the job and good luck. That is one of those jobs that requires passion and perseverance. You will get as much out of it as you put into it. However, it's very nice to put your head down at night and know that you have made a difference in some unfortunate kids' lives. I did a job similar to this for a while. Really rewarding. Congrats. You are a standup member of not only TWF, but society as well.

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That's pretty cool OTB. Keep us informed. That's one of those jobs that can be extremely rewarding if you can get through to them.

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