Dunstan le Fey's Office head of department: magical education.
This is the office of the Head for the Department of Magical Education. It is currently occupied by Dunstan le Fey. The office is an elegant shade of powder-blue, and is decorated in a sophisticated manner. Dunstan can be found here, so feel free to drop by at any point.
Esteban walks up to the office nervously, knocking despite how daunting the door is. Please let me get this job, please let me get this job, he prays silently to himself, hoping his interview goes phenomenal.
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 00:53, October 17, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"It's my pleasure, knowing some people are still interested in the quality of education Hogwarts gives," he says, with a humored smile. "So, Mr. Smith, can you tell me why you applied to be a Hogwarts Inspector?"
"The future of our children has always been one of my biggest concerns Even more so now that I have children of my own attending the school. Everything they are being taught and experience throughout their time at Hogwarts will shape the rest of their lives. I applied because I want to ensure that it is doing so in a positive manner."
"I think there's several things I could bring. I've definitely got knowledge from within the Ministry, but I also grew up in a very education center family. Many of my family members worked at Hogwarts, and my mother sat in your chair for quite awhile. Along the way, I like to think I picked up some tricks of the trade. I'm also not afraid of being the bad guy in order to get things done. Should I be made a Hogwarts Inspector, I won't put up with excuses or try to go easy on things..I would be there to do a job and know that I can focus on making sure it gets done."
She'd nod as she begins, "I'm a fraternal twin, the younger one at that. My twin and I are both German. I graduated from Durmstrang, with an end goal to work in the German Ministry. I did some time training as a Healer, and that was more of a fleeting moment for me, since it wasn't what I really wanted to do. After that, I joined the German Ministry, working in their Department of Magical Education. I have been to Durmstrang a few times during my time there, more so to assist in inspections versus being in an active role."
She'd nod. "Precisely. I helped in the compiling of the inspection reports and then forwarded those to the Department Head. I was ready to fill in for any Inspectors who couldn't be present for any reason, but I had never needed to do."
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 21:47, October 12, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
He nods. "We have a wide range of job possibilities, yet you chose to not specify what kind of job you wanted. So I ask you - what would you bring to my department, in general?" he asks. "How will you contribute to the work we do?"
"I didn't want to enclose myself to one specific thing, hence my decision to not specify an exact position." Pause. "I have a belief that education is the instrument to a successful future. It's why I wanted to pursue a position in this department over any other. I would say I bring my experience, but that wouldn't cut it. Instead... I bring my ambition to help build an education for a brighter future for the generations to come. I wish to help ensure that Hogwarts is at its peak, when performance is concerned. I realize the want for students to graduate career-ready might sound out of reach, but I know it can be achieved if the effort is made. And I'd be more than willing to put in that effort."
"I suppose it was deciding my exact career path and what I needed to study in order to be prepared. I had always thought myself as the slightly more calculated one between my brother and I, but he knew what he wanted to do after OWLs, and I kind of didn't. After getting some advice from teachers, I focused on a more general education for myself, but I neglected some classes over others. It was when I was coming into seventh year, that I realized it wasn't working out for me, so I slowed down and attempted to get caught up. In the end, my NEWT scores turned out similar to my OWL ones, with one improving from the latter."
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 01:27, October 17, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"It puts you in a less than favorable position for specific jobs within the department. Not all, but still some," he answers. "Well, then, Ms. Vogel. I believe I have everything I need," he says, as he closes her file. "I see no reason to not hire you as a Hogwarts Inspector. I believe you know the ins and outs of the job and thus don't require additional training in the field," he adds. "You'll be working alongside Beau Smith and Bentley Kingsbury this school year, and will be expected at King's Cross Station on September 1st to ride the train, from Platform 9 and 3/4, in the Professors' Carriage," he recites, "I'm going to need you to report this coming week starting Monday, however, to go over the overall plan for the school year with you and your new coworkers. Is that alright with you?"
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 22:16, October 6, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
Files on all the applicants for the Head of School position at Hogwarts are on his desk, a copy for each member of the council counted for. He's waiting for them to arrive, but it shouldn't be long now - it's the first order of business of their day with a newly rehired (or in some cases hired) Ministry of Magic. He's reviewing them all, thinking of the pros and cons for each applicant as Hogwarts' Headmaster, or Headmistress.
He'd walk in sure he was late and frown when he only saw Dustan. He'd check his watch. "I...guess I'm not the only one running behind." He'd take a seat.
OOC: Sorry...I didn't realize this would fall to Ferlen or I would have tried to post this weekend. Anyway, I can just post what I think for Headmaster here or, we can RP this out...whatever the schedule needs. :D
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 17:10, October 9, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"Good morning, Ferlen," Dunstan says, with a polite smile, when he walks in. He takes the files, and offers them to Ferlen so he can get a head start on reading through. "Apparently not," he agrees. "I've already looked over the applicants and have some opinions, but wanted to discuss it with all of you, as I'm sure there'll be different ones."
OOC: Well... we can have Ferlen and Dunstan discuss their opinions, for the sake of RPing it out (so everyone can see this council isn't biased (better safe than sorry) or anything along that line) and when the other slots are filled, the characters can jump into the conversation. :)
He'd nod and glance through the files. "Well on just flipping through each candidate has merits. Some have more experience which is good...and some have taught at other schools which is both good since they know how things work elsewhere, and bad as if they haven't taught at Hogwarts that could be a problem."
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 17:19, October 9, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"I agree. Each of them have their pros and cons," he nods. "I won't lie, despite the years worth of experience, I'd feel more comfortable knowing someone with experience at Hogwarts - such as Chevalier - is the new Head of School. However, I wouldn't outright say no to someone who has experience as Deputy Headmaster/Mistress like Sokolova and Mitchell-Anderson."
He'd nod. "I agree it's important to have someone that knows the school doing the job. I wish there was a clear candidate of someone who'd been teaching at Hogwarts for twenty or more years, but since that's not the case this becomes a bit more difficult and we have to determine what's more important...teaching experience or knowledge of the school since none of the candidates have both."
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 17:27, October 9, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"Maybe going through each candidate and their achievements thoroughly will help determine which is the better choice," he suggests, and picks up the first file. "We can go from most amount of years worth of experience to least."
He'd nod. "Alright..." He'd pick up the first file. "Geist Blumenthal...overall probably the candidate I like least. The experience is good...but at a school like Durmstrang where the Dark Arts are so prevalent and the atmosphere is so different I think that could be a problem. In addition he doesn't have any Administration experience, just teaching." He'd look at Dustin. "Your thoughts?"
OOC: Hopefully people realize this is an IC conversation and aren't hurt OOC for the comments. I really am trying to be impartial based only on what they put in their post on the blog about this.
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 17:36, October 9, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"I was thinking the exact same thing. Hogwarts and Durmstrang are overall different schools with different students and it's just not the kind of environment he may be used to teaching in, which could cause false expectations and lead to problems," he nods. "The fact that he has no administrative experience is an additional issue, as we don't know how well he'll adjust to the sudden change."
He'd nod. "...and as stereotypical as this may sound I really don't want Hogwarts to gain and part of Durmstrang's aggressive or harsh environment. To have been there so long I doubt Professor Blumenthal will have an issue with it and might try to change Hogwarts without realizing it." He'd open the next file. "So...what are your thoughts on Professor Sokolova?"
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 17:58, October 9, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"Well, she has twenty years worth of experience to begin with, which I have to admit I like. She's taught a couple classes and has the administrative experience we want. She's also capable of adapting, since she was able to go from Beauxbatons to Koldovstoretz without a hitch. However, her lack of experience in Hogwarts is concerning. She doesn't understand what Hogwarts needs in a leader, where its weaknesses and strengths lie. She doesn't know how the professors and students interact here. Another point worth mentioning is how vastly different Koldovstoretz is to Hogwarts, down to even the extracurriculars. Beauxbatons may be more similar, but even then I have my concerns, especially since the student bodies are vastly different. Beauxbatons and Koldovstoretz are stricter and have mannerisms different than Hogwarts; the holidays aren't the same, the traditions aren't the same, the mannerisms aren't the same, and the habits students have are vastly different. The dynamics inside classrooms differ, too, I'm sure, which may present the same issue Blumenthal would have with ill-placed expectations and the possibility of arising issues in things she may not like and want to change."
He'd nod. "I mostly agree with your assessment. She has a good amount of experience teaching and doing so in different environments and having administration experience is a good sign. She doesn't know Hogwarts, but I think of the candidates that don't she's probably the best one. My one big concern about her is that she's got twenty years of experience and is only thirty-eight meaning she's been teaching since she was eighteen and graduated. While teaching is all well and good I feel like her real world experience might be lacking and understanding theory and practical application are two different things." He'd pause. "...but this is all speculation based on the small amount of information we have. Do we have the time to question the applicants, maybe after we've picked our top two to help decide? I think knowing more about them might help. If we don't have the time we'll have to do our best...and I definitely think she's in my top 2, but I don't know just based on this how she'd do at Hogwarts."
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 18:12, October 9, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"Unfortunately, we're tight on time," Dunstan sighs, rubbing his hand over his shaved lower face. "She's on my top two as well, but not knowing how well she'll adjust to Hogwarts and its demands/needs is a little off-putting," he admits. "Mitchell-Anderson... what do you think about her?"
"Similar to Professor Sokolova, but seemingly inferior in most aspects. Not quite as much experience, all at Beauxbatons which is less than Sokolova. Did time as Deputy, but again a couple years less than Sokolova. Looks like she started teaching at eighteen also, just is a couple years behind in most regards." He'd pause. "It's not in her file so I could be wrong...but I think she might have gone to Hogwarts for at least a year or two which...might even her out with Sokolova in my mind." He'd pause looking back through. "Nothing else really seems to stand out...what about for you?"
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 19:04, October 9, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"I think she was in a couple of years above me," he nods. "I think my assessment is the same as yours. The fact that she studied at Hogwarts levels it out for the most part, but she's not exactly in my top two. Sokolova has more experience teaching and in the administrative side of things, which puts me more at comfort," he admits.
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 19:16, October 9, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"He may be the least experienced, but his whole career has been at Hogwarts, which in my own opinion, makes him the most qualified candidate. We know how the students interact with him. We know how the other professors interact with him. He understands Hogwarts and what it demands from its Headmaster," he pauses. "He's been Head of Ravenclaw and Head of Gryffindor - I'd say that only reaffirms what I already knew - he's a great professor that students have warmed up to exponentially. And if he was in that position, it's because Elmira trusted him," he says. "His experience teaching pales in contrast to the other candidates', like Blumenthal and Sokolova, but the fact his experience has come from Hogwarts levels it out, in my own opinion. I'd say that right now, he's my favorite candidate out of the four."
He'd consider, then sigh. "I don't know if I'd put him second or third in my list. He does know Hogwarts which is very important...but his lack of experience in both teaching and in a Deputy position bother me. Personally I think he's extremely qualified for a Deputy position maybe to help the new Headmistress or Headmaster acclimate to the school, but his overall lack of experience compared to the others really hurts his application. The other problem I have is that all the others have taught multiple core subjects while he's only taught Care of Magical Creatures. My experience with those who work with creatures is that they tend to have a different viewpoint on things. That aside he's only taught a elective. I think right now my thoughts are Professor Sokolova as the forerunner with Mitchell-Anderson as second being slightly ahead of Chevalier due to the problems I see with his application. I know the new Headmistress or Headmaster will appoint their own Deputy, but I think we could recommend Chevalier being added as a Deputy in addition to the current Deputy so they have two Deputies to help them get used to the school and how it runs." He'd pause. "...but those are my thoughts. I really would like a few other opinions or to be able to interview or talk to the candidates since I feel like a lot of what we're goin on are stereotypes and educated guessing."
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 19:36, October 9, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"Well... our standings on this are slightly different. I'd say I'd put Chevalier at the top of the list, Sokolova just barely behind him, followed by Mitchell-Anderson and lastly Blumenthal. In my own opinion, his experience at Hogwarts is more valuable than his time teaching compared to the other candidates. And if you see, he didn't immediately go into teaching, either, so issues we could potentially have with the others, we wouldn't see with him. And again, we know there's no issues with him and his employment at Hogwarts, dynamics with students and other professors included," he says. Dunstan hesitates, moving back on his chair and going through the schedule he has for the week, barring any potential problems or sudden situations. "We can send a patronus, asking them to come in tomorrow for an interview. We need a decision done this week, however, as Hogwarts has yet to begin the process of rehiring professors and to be frank, we're running short on time."
OOC: We can each interview two candidates (to speed things up so we don't have to wait for the other two users so we can rp the interviews), or we can both go through each interview together? They'd have to be done this week, though. :P Think we can make it?
He'd nod. "Owls or international memos might be quicker or more effective since patronus messages have limitations on how far they can go and I doubt they're all actually in the country, though correct me if I'm wrong. I understand the need to move quickly, but the decision is important enough we should also make sure to give it a fair amount of time and consideration. Given that we both agree on Blumenthal is the least likely do we have a reason to interview him or for the sake of time drop him?"
OOC: I'm fine doing the interviews however. If we really want speed you and I could put together a questionnaire for them to fill out to get the extra info we wanted/need for the decision. Also everything so far has been completely IC...are there any OOC factors we could consider to help make the decision? ...are any of the other positions you guys wanted to make up the group of people deciding this likely to get filled in the next day or two so we have at least one more set of thoughts to add?
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 19:50, October 9, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"The files say they're all in the country, whether it be a recent move or a long-standing one. As for Blumenthal, I think we can interview him last, but do one nonetheless to see whether there's anything we could discover that could change our views on him," Dunstan suggests.
OOC: I think the questionnaire is actually a better idea. It's faster and easier. There's just 2 more positions that need to be filled, and there's interviews in progress for them both; one is in its early stages and the other is close to done, I'd say. We just need Lyss around to post. Maybe in two or three days? As for OOC... honestly, just activity & how fast they'll be able to post should we have to do any emergency RPs, you know?
OOC: Sounds good. Since it'll be 2-3 days we'll do the questionnaire and get it to each candidate then have another quick RP about the answers (maybe with anyone else who's been hired) then decide. Do you want to take a first shot at the questionnaire and I'll check it over and add in anything else I think is needed before sending it out (possibly tonight, but maybe first thing tomorrow)? If not I can take the first stab at it tomorrow morning.
"So...after getting more information on the candidates, what do you think? Do we want to go back through and see if any impressions have changed systematically or just point out significant things we noticed?
OOC:Interviewsarelocatedhere. I realize one isn't finished yet, but there's no reason we can't start discussing the others.
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 18:27, October 11, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"The former. I reckon it's best to be thorough with this and not just... point them out. We might miss something accidentally," he explains. "Starting in the same order as last time... Blumenthal attended Hogwarts, so he does have some knowledge of the school, after all. It's still a little concerning given how much Hogwarts has evolved since his time at school, but that may be just my opinion," he remarks. "Most answers are what I expected, though his lack of a direct plan that protects potential students bitten by a lycanthrope concerns me. He would make sure the student is - quote unquote - connected to the right people for help to cope with their condition. He doesn't give any more insight on what he would do to help potential students affected, and given the amount of werewolves at Hogwarts - it's concerning."
He'd nod. "I'm glad we did this since I feel like we know the candidates better now and I feel like we have four really good candidates. I think that he had a lot of good things to say about inequality though and that factors in. Also his time at Hogwarts is reassuring and I worry less about him bringing the Durmstrang attitude. Moving on too Mitchell-Anderson I got the impression she's a lot more laid-back than I'd initially thought. Not necessarily good or bad, but something I noticed. Overall I will say I think getting to know these two helped, but overall I still feel the other two are a better fit for the position."
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 19:24, October 11, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"I'd say Mitchell-Anderson is the candidate I like least, for the sole reason that she seems more interested in making Hogwarts laidback and more home-like, without focusing much on the educational aspect of things," he says, and looks thoughtful. "I do agree on Chevalier and Sokolova staying as top two."
He'd nod. "So if I remember your favorite for the position was Chevalier and mine was Sokolova so let's do a swap and you give the positives of Sokolova and the negatives of Chevalier and I'll do the opposite...basically forcing us to look at the bad things about the one we feel is the forerunner and positives of the other to try to get a full picture of them."
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 19:51, October 11, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"Alright," he nods. He pauses for a bit, trying to gather his thoughts, before he speaks. "Chevalier lacks the experience Sokolova has. He also doesn't have a well-rounded employment like she does, which may put him at a bit of a cross if he happens to need to step in for another class. Meanwhile, Sokolova has the years of experience and she'd be able to step in for any teacher that fails to do their job properly, no matter the class. It's also worth mentioning that she has administrative experience and thus knows how to deal with a bigger amount of students than Chevalier does, as just head of one house. She's been able to deal with other schools, both of which are culturally very different from one another, and has been able to work through it without making substantial changes to the schools so they fit her own expectations and benefit her own agenda."
He'd nod. "Sokolova may have a lot of experience but overall she still doesn't know Hogwarts like Chevalier. He went to school there for the majority of his schooling, and has taught there for a number of years. He talked about creating more electives for students to take and had a plan for his Cooperative Education course to help bridge the gap between school and the workforce, which is greatly needed. Other than not knowing the school as well Sokolova's main weaknesses seem to be her focus on making Hogwarts more parent friendly. I understand keeping them involved and allowing Muggle parents an idea of where their students are and what they'll be doing is probably a good idea, but I think she was a bit overly focused on it."
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 20:12, October 11, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"Well... I agree with your points," he says. "I have to admit... I'm still leaning in Chevalier's favor. I understand the point of his few years in the teaching force and his lack of a well-rounded experience in each class. However, his experience with creatures - and near-humans, actually - puts me more at ease with who is at the helm of the school, especially after these attacks. I feel we need someone we know we can trust and whose abilities to teach leave no room to be questioned or challenged. The students need someone they know, trust and believe they can rely on - not someone new who they yet can't connect to. These times are hard, especially for such young minds, and I feel like that sense of familiarity will bring great comfort and relief to them. Sokolova has a lot of experience and maybe in any other time where we aren't going through such a fresh trauma, I'd have sided with her. But I do have to think of the students and make a decision based on what I think will benefit them most. Students cannot learn properly if they are led by someone they don't know and feel like they can't yet trust. I want to avoid that issue altogether. I hope you see where I'm coming from, and not as though I'm trying to make the decision any harder."
He'd nod. "No, I'd rather discuss at length and make an informed choice rather than a quick one...though I know we're running short on time. I agree Chevalier is a strong candidate but I still feel Sokolova is the better candidate just due to her experience. I understand the creature and near-human issues you're talking about and while I think they are important I think that for the most part they're Ministry issues that need to be dealt with and solved here. To my knowledge Hogwarts has never had any issues with any sort of magical creature or near-human with the obvious exception that they don't teach wand magic to certain races which are limited from that by the Ministry. Albus Dumbledore was a great example of this in how he had very good relations with a number of magical communities around Hogwarts and throughout Britain. I think her experience is what's needed here to help overcome issues and I think her outside influence is going to be beneficial right now rather than Chevalier continuing how things have always run at Hogwarts and leaving it in the same rut it's been in. Further while I think his Cooperative Education idea is something we should look at along with summer internships, I feel like he's underestimating how difficult N.E.W.Ts are and that the majority of Seventh Years won't have time for something like that in addition to their studies as it seems like essentially a job in addition to their studies. I would hate for something positive like that to cause students to not get the grades they need to go into the jobs they want. I feel like Sokolova with her extra experience in both teaching and administration would be able to better see the consequences of initiatives like this to better select which are best for the students and the school. Overall, while I think Chevalier would probably make a decent Headmaster, I think Sokolova is the better candidate right now and that a Deputy position would be better for Chevalier to help her and gain the experience needed and to potentially be Sokolova's replacement once her time at Hogwarts is done."
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 22:22, October 12, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
He frowns. "It becomes a Hogwarts issue that they need to personally address when there's an amount of students - whose files are available to the Department of Magical Education - who happen to be lycanthropes, half-vampires, half-veelas, half-nymphs and more. They are thoroughly affected by the happenings of the real world, like the terrorist attacks that took place this past year and stem from hatred towards their kind. Those students' kind. When it affects them, it affects the whole school. It affects the dynamic they have. It is not solely a Ministry issue - it's the Ministry's job to capture the criminals that did this and bring justice. It is, however, the Headmaster's job and the rest of the staff's job to provide comfort and guidance to those affected - directly and indirectly - by the events. It isn't just the Ministry that faces these issues. It isn't just our problem," he says, and then pauses. "We have a current Deputy Headmaster, as well. We can't just fire one person and hire another as replacement; that goes without mentioning that it's Sokolova's decision to pick staff, including Deputy, and while the DoME might have suggestions, it's not in our duties to make those decisions. And as for the Cooperative Education, it's just an idea he pitched, not exactly something he'd set in stone. That is something the Department has a control over," he adds. "I see your point, and I believe that in another point in time where Hogwarts wasn't as rattled as it is, I'd have agreed with you. But right now, I cannot pick Sokolova and rest assured she will not worsen the student body's current states of mind, which would leave us at an impasse and needing the Minister's third input."
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” Message Me - Ϫ 17:32, October 13, 2017 (UTC) Ϫ
"Minister," he says, acknowledging him with a polite nod and half-hearted smile. "Ferlen and I have been discussing the current candidates for Hogwarts Headmaster, and have been able to narrow it down to two candidates. Moreover, we're at an impasse on who should be chosen. Since you're the tie-breaker, we wanted to share our opinions with you and see what your stance on this was," he explains, as he passes over the files on Sokolova and Chevalier, recent questionnaires included.
- "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Message Me - 17:43, October 13, 2017 (UTC)
He flipped through the files, reading up on the two. "I think both candidates could do a great job..While Sokolova does have more experience, I'm inclined to pick Chevalier due to his experience at Hogwarts. I'm not keen on bringing in outside people to run the school if they don't know the staff and the students. Chevalier does. Elmira clearly trusted him enough to make him Head of House and he was likely next in line to be the deputy. I think Sokolova would make a great deputy and would allow for her to become more familiar with the school and build a relationship with it and it's people."