A few months before graduating from college with an Elementary Education teaching degree, I sat down with a map and drew a circle encompassing a radius of twenty miles around my hometown of Springfield, Missouri. I then sent out letters requesting applications for teaching positions within the surrounding school districts. The response was overwhelming in that there was no response whatsoever. I just happened to be graduating during a year when there was an over abundant supply of fresh new teacher applicants across the nation. The market was glutted.
One day I decided to drive across town to the mall. At a stoplight I glanced over to the right and spotted a sign with an arrow pointing right to Republic, Missouri which was 15 miles away. I thought nothing of it, and drove on. On my return home, it so happened that I had to stop at the same stoplight. I glanced over and saw a sign that was pointing left this time; Republic 15 miles. Sometimes we’re a little slow reading God’s signs, but this time the light came on. Republic! I hadn’t remembered sending a letter to that district and it was only 15 miles away, short enough distance for a commute. I went that same day and sent a letter requesting an application.
A few days later I received a phone call from one of the elementary principals in the district requesting me to come in for an interview. I found this rather odd, as I assumed they would want me to fill out an application first.
As I sat down for my interview, the principal wasted no time. “Congratulations,” she said, “you’re hired.”
“What? I am? I haven’t even filled out an application!” She then handed me an application and told me I could mail it in to her later, and proceeded with my interview. “I want you to know,” she explained, “your letter is what got you hired.”
“It was?” I was still incredulous. I walked out that day as a brand new fifth grade teacher.
I was blessed to begin my career with as well-behaved and pleasant a classroom of students as any teacher’s heart could desire. I was so grateful for that, as I had so much to learn my first year. And I will always be grateful for the amazing group of teachers and administrators I was privileged to work with. They were the best of the best, and I learned so much from them, as well.
Was it a coincidence that I saw that Republic road sign, twice? No. I would call it a Godwink.
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