Friday, April 23, 2010


It is now April 23 and we are less than 2 weeks away from D leaving to begin his research at WVU. Once he's gone, the ball really starts moving towards our future in Morgantown. As exciting as that should be, there is a dark cloud brewing over this move. I found out yesterday that it is very unlikely (in the words of the HR department at Mon. County Schools: "slim to no chance") that I will be able to get a job in a WV public high school.

You see, the WV Department of Education's hiring policy is one of Seniority. The process works like this: Jobs get posted, teachers already in the school system bid on the job and the most senior candidate gets the job. This is the simplified version as there are several other factors that contribute to this process, but the trump card is the seniority factor. I was completely baffled by this process as the HR lady explained it to me yesterday. Unfortunately her sweet tone did not sugar coat the fact of the matter: I will not be teaching school in WV.

As D and I figure out how to deal with this newest development, I am researching other reasonable options. I really doubt my ability to work at the local "Gentleman's Club" or the legality of other older, similar professions.

Any ideas?


  1. Hang in there!!! I'm going to give you a call this afternoon when David returns home:) Love you!

  2. Does that rule out Middle or Elementary Schools too? What about tutoring?


  3. Thanks John! Yep, middle and elementary too. Apparently WV schools hire on the basis of seniority. So, to even get in the system I would have to sub part time for at least a year. After that there's still no guarantee.