ENC Orientation was over, I believe, this weekend and, with teacher workdays starting for most schools in about two weeks, the new CMs (and returning second years) are flooding into town. This means, my friends, the beginning of yet another year long round of the game my husband and I like to call “Spot the TFA!”
See, the town I live in is a small hub for about three different districts where TFAs teach. Even when I was actually still serving my two years I didn’t necessarily know everyone in those three districts, but now that I have been an alum for three years (eek!) I know even fewer of the current local CMs. This area is very rural with not a large “professional” population, or a large 20-something population for that matter. This means that CMs don’t blend in here like they would in, say, DC (oh look! another intern!). I have come to discover that while out and about (at WalMart or one of the three restaurants TFAs seem to frequent) it is very easy to …Spot the TFA!
A handy field guide:
* A young, harassed looking woman with her hair in a messy bun wearing work clothes that look like they came from Ann Taylor loft to Wal Mart? TFA!
*A skinny guy with slacks, a button down shirt, bags under his eyes, and a scraggly beard grown desparately in an attempt to look older? TFA!
*Almost anyone working on a small Mac in public? TFA!
* A group of young twenty somethings still in their work clothes at the Mexican restaurant speaking what appears to be an unintelligable language (“And then, after I sent him to SMR they made me write up a PEP!”) ? TFAs!
*A car with out of state plates and/or an out of state college sticker? Contains a TFA!
* Too old to be a high school student looking person at a high school sporting event in work clothes (and heels, if female)? TFA!
*Almost anyone wheeling around one of those rolly cart things full of files? TFA!
*Young twenty something who can’t seem to control the urge to tell kids at WalMart to take their hats off? TFA! (Or… me!)
And so my friends, with the help of this handy dandy field guide you too can … Spot the TFA!