Posted by: ahurricane08 | June 3, 2008

More about my job

So for those of you who aren’t familiar with the New York City Teaching Fellows or I haven’t given the explanation to… NYCTF is an organization who recruits highly qualified individuals into NYC’s public schools. They recruit at colleges and for career-changers. They assign us to subjects based on qualifications and to boroughs and grade-levels based on preferences and need (I think more need than preference when it comes to the boroughs). I would encourage you to check out their website at

So as I said previously I was assigned to the Bronx for secondary science education (biology/living environment). I went on 1 job interview while in NYC last week and it was one of the most intimidating experiences I’ve ever had. I sent my resume and cover letter to the school on a long shot – they didn’t have any job openings listed anywhere, but it was a place I really wanted to work because it is one of the best high schools in the country and has a science concentration which is awesome! So after over a month they contacted me and wanted to meet with me and for me to do a demo lesson on an Introduction to Evolution. So I prepared a 40 min (!) demo lesson for 34 (!) students on evolution (!). That was challenging as that is quite a long lesson and a difficult topic to integrate students into and engage them. I had about a week for that. So I took the subway up to the Bronx (the first time I’d been on the subway by myself) and met with the head of the biology department and another teacher who I had been exchanging e-mails with about the lesson for almost 45 minutes. After that was done there was about 10 minutes until the next class period started when I would be doing my lesson so they kicked me out of the room and talked. Then we went to the classroom and I took over a class and taught it. The rest of the hiring committee for the department joined the class as well – it ended up being like 7 teachers. I was really nervous, way more than I thought I was going to be since I talk in front of groups like that all the time at the nature center. I actually ran out of time and stumbled over my words and got tripped up by that a lot so leaving the lesson I didn’t feel to good. After the lesson was over we all went back to the office for 30 more minutes of grilling. I really felt like they were just trying to scare the shit out of me the entire time I was there. So I left feeling a little defeated after the whole thing was over, but happy it was over. So I got back on the train and met Ben for food and while we were eating the department head e-mailed me and offered me a position pending on my references (which we had discussed during the interview). I couldn’t believe it. I received an e-mail from her today officially offering me the position :):):). I will be filling out paperwork shortly after our move next week! I’m ecstatic to have job in such a great school. I can’t wait to start looking over their curriculum and begin my planning!

Before the school year begins though we go through Fellows training and begin our Master’s coursework. I have a welcoming event the 16th and then report to Lehman the 17th to begin my training. I will probably be pulling 12+ hours a day during training. I will start student teaching in July with a veteran teacher on top of my master’s coursework. It will definitely prepare me for my days during the school year though where I will be at school by 8am, and then at classes 2-3 times a week, and then home to grade papers and prepare for the next day.



  1. Congrats on your job offer!

    I’m excited to hear about how you progress in your internship, teaching, and masters/credential studies. My long days start soon. By the end of June I’ll be co-teaching from 8 am – 1 pm and going to masters classes from 2 – 5 pm.

    My program lasts for one year. I hope to start teaching in NYC in Fall 2009.

  2. Congratulations on being hired!

    Being a teaching fellow who is also already hired, I can vouch for the sense of relief being hired gives you. This means you’ll have August to do other things like relax or prepare.

    I am also thrilled to see other fellows blogging about their experiences. I’m sure we’ll cross paths in training. Until then, take care and good luck!

  3. Well I don’t know you…but I came across your blog while searching for science demo lessons. I too am a new fellow, but I will be teaching earth science in Brooklyn. I just moved here about a month ago from Miami, and I was just wondering what nature center you were working at. I worked for a short time at the Miami-Dade Kendall Campus Environmental Center…
    Good luck, and I hope your move has been easy.

  4. Hi! I’ve been trolling around the internet for some advise from people who have been new york city teaching fellows and was wondering how easy it is to be placed in NY. I’ve been accepted to the program and techinically enrolled (bad I know if I’m not sure) but I’m worried about moving to a new state with no family if I am not assured a position.

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