So, picking up where I left off, after winning the Teacher of the Year (TOY) for my district, I then had to start the process for the regional TOY. There was a new packet of information to complete. Lots of essays, letters of recommendations, and a professional headshot. Completing all of this was an intense process, and I will admit that my mother and I pulled an all-nighter in order to meet the deadline. I hadn't pulled one of those in quite a while. As for the professional headshot, I made a quick phone call to a friend down the road who worked as a photographer in his former life. Thankfully, he had all of his equipment and could get me a picture to submit.
The next day the selection committee interviewed the other half of the interviewees. There were 12 of us (from 12 different counties) in all for my region. The committee would select the 2 finalists.
I was expecting to hear back in November to see if I made the first cut, but two days after the interview, I received a phone call at work to let me know that I made the finals!
While I was teaching, I was surprised by a guest from the district office and the admin at my school. They came in bringing balloons and a new bouquet of flowers. It really caught me off guard because I had just found out myself only about an hour before hand.
Because of making the finals, the selection committee would visit my school for an entire day, observe a few of my classes, interview administrators, teachers, students, parents, and me - yes, another interview. That day was on yesterday. I felt that same sense of calm that I felt before the previous interviews. I will say that I had a blast today! No matter what happens, I can't think of anything I would have changed, and I know I did my best.
Now, we just wait. I think the deadline is January. :-)