I recently went on a job interview for a teaching position at a high school down south.
The interview took place at the school in June.
The halls of the high school do not have air conditioning because the school is very old, however all of the classrooms are air conditioned. I wore a mask to my interview just in case I was not able to social distance from the Assistant Principal who was conducting the interview for me. I was sweating so much from the short walk from my car to the school that I wondered if the sweat was visible through my light pink face mask. Even though it was hot, it was necessary for me to wear a mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Everytime we walked into an air conditioned classroom I felt a sense of relief. I thought about working at this school in the future and wondered if walking around in non-air conditioned halls in the spring and summer months would be a deal breaker for me. Then I realized that I won’t be walking in the halls that much and I will be spending most of my time in my air conditioned classroom. I remember growing up in the North and some of my classrooms didn’t even have air conditioning. Teachers would bring in fans from their own homes and would open the windows to try to keep us cool on hot summer days. I decided that I will take the job and not having air conditioning in halls is a commonality among many schools.