Maybe, just maybe…

Jessica and I went to Baudelaire today so she could meet some of the English teachers and find her way around the school. I hadn’t been back there since April 30, my last day of work, so it was really good to see the teachers again. I saw a lot of my old students, most of whom recognized me and said hello. My 3ème students from last year were always the nicest. I really hoped I could have them in 2nd this year.

Luckily, I was able to talk to the woman whose husband works for the Inspection Académique of Haute-Savoie, and she said that I was not on the list of renewing assistants that he had. So I have no idea why the rectorat knows I want to renew, but not the I.A. Maybe they lost my renewal form, or my name was left off the list by accident, who knows. In any case, she’s going to talk to her husband tonight and see what they can do. My responsable talked to some of the people in charge too and told them to help me out since I was already here and really eager to work again.

It definitely was nice to be back there and have so many people remember me. Especially since they all want me to be renewed too!

Also, mom sent me a letter from Oakland saying that I officially have my Master’s degree. I have no idea when I’ll actually receive the diploma, but I guess I am really done with grad school!

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  • Samantha

    I don’t know if it’s anything like in Bretagne, but when I was trying to renew, I figured out that they kept two completely different lists for people wanting to renew in primaire, and those wanting to renew in secondaire. The lists were kept by two separate people who didn’t even work in the same building, and who never talked. So even though I wrote that I would take a lycée or collège post, since I was a primaire assistant, I was only on the primaire list, not on both, despite having called the Rectorat week after week & telling them I would take ANY post, no matter the niveau.

  • Samantha

    I don’t know if it’s anything like in Bretagne, but when I was trying to renew, I figured out that they kept two completely different lists for people wanting to renew in primaire, and those wanting to renew in secondaire. The lists were kept by two separate people who didn’t even work in the same building, and who never talked. So even though I wrote that I would take a lycée or collège post, since I was a primaire assistant, I was only on the primaire list, not on both, despite having called the Rectorat week after week & telling them I would take ANY post, no matter the niveau.

  • nicole

    just sending you luck and good wishes for the renewal. i have to believe that something will work out for you!

  • nicole

    just sending you luck and good wishes for the renewal. i have to believe that something will work out for you!

  • Emily

    Are you from the Bay Area too? Moi aussi. And we both live in Annecy. What are the odds?

  • Emily

    Are you from the Bay Area too? Moi aussi. And we both live in Annecy. What are the odds?

  • Jennie

    Sam – Yeah, I think there are two different lists here too. The woman in charge of primaire assistants knows that I want to renew too, but I’m hoping to stay at the secondary level. I’ll take anything though, obviously!Thanks Nicole! :)Emily, I’m actually from Michigan. Oakland University is in Rochester, near Detroit. It’s a misleading name, I know!

  • Jennie

    Sam – Yeah, I think there are two different lists here too. The woman in charge of primaire assistants knows that I want to renew too, but I’m hoping to stay at the secondary level. I’ll take anything though, obviously!

    Thanks Nicole! :)

    Emily, I’m actually from Michigan. Oakland University is in Rochester, near Detroit. It’s a misleading name, I know!

  • Backinthegroove

    Good Luck with your renewal. What are you going to do if you don’t get renewed?Emily

  • Backinthegroove

    Good Luck with your renewal. What are you going to do if you don’t get renewed?
    Emily

  • Leah

    GL-something has to come through and soon!

  • Leah

    GL-something has to come through and soon!

  • chance

    I thought I’d say ‘salut’. I often read your blogs, and I frequently visit your site. I have many french speaking friends and it really helps. Although once when I said ‘Ça boume?’ they laughed really hard. It’s a very old fashioned expression actually.Best wishes to you.

  • chance

    I thought I’d say ‘salut’. I often read your blogs, and I frequently visit your site. I have many french speaking friends and it really helps. Although once when I said ‘Ça boume?’ they laughed really hard. It’s a very old fashioned expression actually.

    Best wishes to you.

  • The Late Bloomer

    Crossing my fingers for you, too! Sounds to me like you have an excellent contact with the school and all who work there, so I’m sure something will definitely work out in the end! And congratulations on your Master’s Degree — what an achievement that is, and what a good feeling it must be to know you have that under your belt. Sometimes I really wonder if I should have gotten one myself, and I still wonder if I should try to get another diplôme here in France today…

  • The Late Bloomer

    Crossing my fingers for you, too! Sounds to me like you have an excellent contact with the school and all who work there, so I’m sure something will definitely work out in the end! And congratulations on your Master’s Degree — what an achievement that is, and what a good feeling it must be to know you have that under your belt. Sometimes I really wonder if I should have gotten one myself, and I still wonder if I should try to get another diplôme here in France today…

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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