A point of contact is Mark’s role. He is a reality of the New York City Fellowship program. He was accepted, went through and is currently employed via the Fellowship program.
The internet search
“I was seeking a change”, says Mark as he explained how he come across the NY City Fellowship program. He cherry-picked this program because it offered coherent structure and specialty.
His process began in January 2013, and ended June 2013, when he accepted employment. Mark was “nervous but OK” at the interview level. He arrived in New York two hours before the interview hence had sufficient time to relax, further prepare and commute to the location. The forty plus applicants met in a Manhattan high school. They consist of “college graduate, and professionals with their BA and Masters”. They congregated in the high school lobby for about 15 minutes until a member of the program greeted them and ushered them into the auditorium. The salutations continued and the potential Cohorts were separated into groups of seven to be interviewed at different levels.
Meeting in the lobby
Mark said he was able to socialize with other applicants as they converge in the high school lobby. He declared he was one of many to travel from out of state. He was one of forty to travel by plane. He felt his timely acceptance to the interview level was apropos because the March 2nd, interview was on his spring break. His February interview invite also allotted sufficient time to book a flight at a reasonable price.
At 8:30 a.m. sharp each group was separate in different rooms for classroom observation of prepared lesson plans, evaluation and development and final individual committee interview. Prior to that division the applicants took a basic math and English test. Mark asserted it was high school testing. They watched classroom videos and were asked to evaluate students. They were asked probing questions to “pick your brain to see how well you will interact with the students”.
The entire process ended at 4 p.m. It was a long day said Mark, “the questions were hard but I was not intimidated because my classroom experience” took the edge off. Mark was justified in his observation because of the 40 applicants, he was one of ten to be offered a fellowship.