Since I am not renewing my teaching contract this year, and since we are moving to the South of France in June, I’ve been spending the last six months or so really focusing on what to do about my professional life. I see this as a real opportunity to do something different and exciting, keeping in mind my specific talents, interests, and experience.
The online classes I’m teaching are going very well. The company that hired me, based in Montpellier, just informed me today that I will have three new students. Two will be learning English, and one is a beginner in French. They’ve assured me that once we live in France I will have a full schedule if I want it.
I ran across another opportunity several months ago. It’s a position for “Program Dean” of a pretty prestigious residential French language/cultural program in Montpellier. It’s a month long residential program for mostly American high school students. They’re looking for someone who is bilingual in French and English, who has lived in the region, and who has an extensive background both teaching and traveling with North American students of this age group. I seem to fit the bill rather perfectly, so I sent in my CV and letter about three months ago.
I can hardly believe it, but the executive director contacted me, and just this morning we set up a Skype interview for this afternoon. I am so very nervous. I suppose the interview will be in French, or at least I feel that it should be. The interview is an hour and a half away, and my heart is already beating fast.
If I get the job (don’t worry, I just found some wood to touch / knock on), they will pay for my flight from New York to Montpellier. That would be great for the budget! It will mean living at the residence with the students for a month, and overseeing the disciplinary life of the program and assisting with the administration. It would also mean working with a team of assistants, mostly local undergrads, meeting guest speakers, coordinating field trips around the region, providing pastoral care of students and supervision. It sounds like what I do every summer with my students anyway, and since I haven’t planned a student trip this year it would be feasible.
Of course, it would mean living in Montpellier for a month while my husband and kids are in Béziers at my sister-in-law’s house, but it’s really close! We would still be able to see each other quite often, and my nieces live in Montpellier. I’m just imagining what kinds of doors this could open for me professionally, and all of the neat connections I could make.
So if you have read this far, please say a prayer for me today! I’m going to try to keep the attitude that it’s not an interview with a leading professor at Oxford University. It’s just a conversation with another human being. If it’s meant to be, it will happen. Thanks for reading my nervous bantering 🙂
MAY 2013 UPDATE: I GOT THE JOB!!!!!