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provisional process
wednesday, january 5, 2005

so i figured i would try to get some things done while at home today. nothing like keeping distracted, especially keeping distracted with things you need to get done anyway.

i tried to call a few more schools to get on their subbing lists. some of these schools have been near impossible to get through to even before the winter break. i've just said pretty much screw it to all of them. if they aren't going to answer their phones, then it's their loss of a sub. i don't really need 5 additional schools. heck, right now i have nearly 2 dozen schools on my personal list (the schools that are within driving distance for us) and 5 or so are calling me nearly every day. since can only sub in one school at a time, i think i'm pretty much covered.

i also called the elementary school that has me scheduled for the 10th and the 13th to make sure both days are full days. because of the car situation, a half day just doesn't work for me.

my next major call was trying to get a couple of questions on the provisional certificate answered. still no one in the office i called yesterday, so i started looking for other places that could answer. but i had trouble contacting any of them because of limitations on where i can call from our home phone. i finally found a number i could get through to, but her box was full and i was disconnected after being told to call later.

then the lady from the place i called yesterday called me back! wooo! (after all my difficulty with another woman in the same office, that deserves a wooo, regardless of my emotional state.) she was able to answer one of my 2 questions, direct me to an office and specific people that could answer the second, and give me a basic run down on how the process goes. i called the office she directed me to and one of her two recommended people picked up. double woo! this lovely lady even sorted out my transcript issues with them, finding all my official transcripts except the ones from crafton, and for that she found my unofficial transcript that i sent when they couldn't find anything. triple woo!

so, the bad news is that i have to take all of the praxis I and they won't take the cbest as a replacement. that's $90.

the good news is that i only need to take the middle school language arts section of the praxis II. she even gave me the test number (10049)! that test is like $85.

$175 in testing fees. yeesh. i suppose it could be worse. i could have had to take a test in each of the 4 basic areas of study. that would have been impossible.

then i can complete the certified teaching application. (actually, i may be able to send it in sooner, but i should have at least taken the praxis I before i do. who knows how long it will take me to take all these damn tests!)

another bit of good news is that i can use a substitute referral form for the last referral letter they need. this is a good thing since i used the only 2 "real" referrals i had for the 2 i needed to be a sub. finding a third person who knows me well enough and isn't a best friend or ex-husband would be a real challenge.

the last thing i need to do is get the official transcript from that one school. the unofficial will work for now, but they would need the official shortly after i actually start working.

but, one step at a time. i need to come up with money for these silly tests first. all things considered, that's going to be the real challenge. after that, everything else should be easy.

except actually taking the tests, of course.

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