I was staying at the Courtyard Marriot. I unpacked and got on the next shuttle to the Hyatt Regency. When I go to check-in at the fair, they don’t have me! I’m freaking out, but remaining calm as they go through the motions of figuring out who I am. They had me registered as “Thom Thomas.” After fixing my name, I had just enough time to check my mailbox before orientation. Despite the mix-up in my name Nichimashi (Tokyo) was able to leave me confidential information about their school and contract. The orientation lasted about two hours. Where I heard from the president of Search, the director of the Cambridge Fair, and my personal Associate: Sally. Listening to Sally speak was amazing and she helped calm any fears that I - and the crowd - seemed to be having. I knew from that moment that Sally was amazing, and it was meant to be that she was my Associate. I went back to my hotel (thank you Uber), had a late dinner at the hotel restaurant (a Japanese restaurant). And then ironed some shirts and slept fitfully.
On Friday morning, I woke up before 6, to get ready and be on the 6:45 shuttle, to make it to the preview of the first session for interview sign-ups. I had my list of schools that I wanted to schedule an interview with, and then I continued to look around the ballroom for other positions I’m qualified for and are in places I wanted to go to.
I wait in many lines to see the headmasters/principals of the schools and convince them to interview me. Then I have to do it all again for the second interview sign-up session.
During the interview sign-up sessions, I met two other candidates: Mr. Mid-West (also and elementary teacher looking to go to Southeast Asia) and Ms. DC (an administrator who works right here in DC!).
Interview Sign-Up Session 1:
|American School (AS) Tokyo||K, 1-5||Left resume|
|International School (IS) Beijing||1-5||Interview|
|Keystone Beijing||K, 1-5, Theatre, SPED||Interview|
|Xiamen, China||K, 1-5||Interview|
|ISF- Hong Kong||1-5||Interview|
|Hong Kong IS||K, 1-5||Left resume|
|Pan AS Bahai Brazil||K, 1-5||Left Resume|
|Bon IS, Germany||SPED||Left Resume|
|Italy, IS Genoa||1-5||Left Resume|
|Juju, Korea||1-5, Drama||Interview Scheduled|
|Manila IS||SPED||Left Resume|
|IS Madrid||1-5||Left Resume|
|Ruamrudd IS, Bangkok||1-5, SPED||Interview Scheduled|
|Brazil – Graded School||1-5||Left resume|
|Venesula: Carabobo||1-5||Interview Scheduled|
|Bankstone, Korea||Drama||Left Resume|
Interview Sign-Up Session 2:
|Shanghai AS||1-5||Interview Scheduled|
|Shanghai Community IS||Drama||Interview Scheduled|
|Chadwick, Korea||1-5||Left Resume|
|FDR, Lima||1-5||Left Resume|
|Singapore AS||1-5||Left Resume|
|UK TASIS||1-5||Interview Scheduled|
|Venezuela, Puerto La Cruz||1-5||Interview Scheduled|
|Venezuela, IS Monaza||1-5||Interview Scheduled|
|IS Seoul||1-5||Left Resume|
|Brazil, Chaple||1-5||Left Resume|
|Switzerland AS||Theatre||Left Resume|
|IS Zurich||Theatre||Left Resume|
So in the interview sign-up sessions I spoke with 32 schools and got 13 Interviews! Sounds like some great odds. Interviews and school presentations will be discussed in part 2.