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This week, I signed on with a second tutoring service, and I THINK that was a good decision. The service I've been working with since the fall is an online matching service and has served me well. I like using a service because then I don't have to deal with marketing and collecting money and all that blah blah. They take a cut, of course, and I'm totally good with that.
This second service I just latched onto has real-life people that go around to local schools to match their tutoring needs. It seems like it will be a good complement to the online service. I just don't want to get too busy because sometimes I have a hard time saying "no".
On Monday, I met with the director at an upscale sandwich shop in an upscale shopping center. He bought me tea and signed me up. Please remind me to say "no" if need be.
In a somewhat related story, Chaco is on his third English teacher of the year. The teacher he started out with ended up having to take medical leave for the remainder of the year. She was replaced by a (warning: oxymoron ahead) "permanent substitute". I never met Permanent Substitute - let's refer to her as PMS - I just heard Chaco's occassional tales of woe.
She sounded arrogant and condescending, but he tolerated it. I don't worry too much about teachers with poor skills, because I've lost some confidence in public school over the years anyway. Plus, to be honest, they're kinda good for the tutoring biz... heh.
Anyway, PMS up and left right before spring break. A friend of mine who substitute teaches has now taken over the class. I ran into her at the library on Saturday when I was invigilatiing. She asked if I would have Chaco e-mail her and let her know what the class was doing since PMS left no notes, no anything. Sure, no problem.
I told Chaco, "Mrs. C is going to be your English teacher now".
Chaco: Yeah, I heard
Me: She would like to know where the class was since PMS didn't leave any information.
Chaco: Pfffft... figures
Me: So will you send her an e-mail? Nothing major, just tell her what the class was doing just before spring break.
Chaco: Well... we were just all cheering and hugging because PMS was leaving...
Okay, so maybe go back a few days before that...