I did end up getting a job last school year and passed my ORELA. I worked for the ESD in a self contained classroom. I started out with 6 kids with 2 assistants and 1 nurse. By February I was down to 4 kids, which made it 1:1 which was TOTALLY AWESOME! My team was able to get a lot done the second half of the year. Thanks to a great team, classroom staff and some lovely (most of the time) kiddos I had a wonderful first year. Sadly though the ESD cut 2 classrooms; one of them being mine. Because I was hired on after the teachers already had started their contracts, I was temporary = meaning I didn't have a job for the next school year. They really wanted to keep me, they just didn't have a spot. Thus I was job searching again this last summer.
I was really lucky that the in school district I worked in last year the special ed director really liked me and wanted me to teach a self contained classroom in the elementary school. Unfortunately she did not get the position approved until mid October this school year. So yet again I'm a temporary teacher, but I have a job. A half time job, but a job with full benefits. It's kinda crazy and wacky to have a half time self contained classroom because it is needed full time but I guess you take what you can get. I have one assistant and 9 students ranging from 1st to 3rd grade. I'm supposed to have another assistant for a majority of the three hours I have kids, but that hasn't happened yet. The sped director is on my side, but I have a feeling it will be a while. I really want to change my classroom schedule around so the sooner the better!
Other than that I don't have much more exciting. Oh I did get new shoes this weekend! I've been eyeing these for 2+ months. They're purple! Totally me. (Hopefully you can tell they are purple. They're so shinny it's kinda hard to tell.)
Ok, so now that I have successfully done nothing productive after dinner, I'm going to go to head to bed now. Unless I get even more distracted that is.