Moving forward to Monday, which was yesterday, I had another interview at the elementary school about 20 minutes away. It was a team interview, the Assistant Principal, department head and two instructors. After the interview, I felt that it went very well and I was fairly confident that they would be calling me.
This afternoon, the AP did call and offer me the position as a teacher assistant. I am beyond thrilled! It is a 6-hour position, I will be on the grandkids schedule with the same days off as them and I will be back in the Florida State Retirement System building up my retirement benefits. I am already vested in the system, and if I did not get another job in FRS, my monthly retirement benefit would be $100.
Now I can increase somewhat with more time in the FRS, and who knows, later on down the line I may be able to find a better paying job in the school system that will positively
affect my retirement benefits.
The rate of pay for teacher assistants is not THAT much, especially when compared to my previous career as a sonographer. The tradeoff is much lower stress and an acceptable schedule that I find very appealing.
Now, to finish some projects that need to get done before I go to work August 10! Truth be told, a few months ago, I was convinced that I was going to be homebound for an extended period of time due to anxiety/depression. For now, that has definitely changed for the better.