The assignment: Create an elevator speech based on one of the essays in School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come
The essay: Learning that Lasts by Jennifer Stanbro
The situation: A principal, who you've sent your resume to, bumps into you on the elevator at a local parking garage.
Principal: Oh, hey, I was just looking over your resume.
Me: Yes, I'm glad I attached a picture, that way you know me.
Principal Yes, that definitely makes it easier. It's serendipitous that I ran into you because I had a question that I'd like to ask in an informal interview environment.
Me: Awesome, go for it.
Principal: Well, I was looking over your experience and noticed that it's not necessarily in the teaching field, so I was wondering what you thought you could bring to our school.
Me: Well, I feel that learning doesn't necessarily happen only in a school environment. In fact, I fervently believe that learning should expand beyond those four walls and be within the students real lives and experiences. So, no I didn't necessarily work within a school environment, but I've worked with people and feel that learning can take place within whatever environment I'm in.
Principal: I definitely agree. How would you take those experiences and implement them within a classroom setting?
Me: Well, I would start by learning the culture of the school, how people work, how the students work with their teachers and the administration? What's important to parents, the surrounding community. I think that culture builds the person and we can't go in and expect students to learn if we don't understand that culture. I also think that it takes us being authentic within our environment. Being ourselves, but also being a leader and a thinker, someone that students and teachers can look up to. Yes, I may not have been a leader in a school, but within my jobs and work experience I have been a leader, setting standards, excelling at where I was (my mom always said, bloom where you are planted).
Principal: Well, this is my floor, I really appreciate the clarification you've given me, you'll be hearing from us soon.