The Next Next Chapter
I am officially unemployed…
I finished up my student teaching last week, and have less than two weeks until I graduate. I am both excited and nervous – this next chapter holds so much uncertainty, but, I know that whatever it holds – it’s going to be great!!
My student teaching experience was everything I could have hoped it would be. My cooperating teacher was awesome — she was totally open to my ideas and respected my opinions and thoughts. She opened her classroom to me and trusted me with her students, which I know is not always easy. She was/is also a great friend – caring, thoughtful, and ready to help in any way she can. The students were great too — some a little more challenging than others, but they are all so very special and each one of them helped prepare me to be a great teacher in the future. The staff and school as a whole was a dream — the staff is so friendly and supportive of one another. The administration is great — it is clear that the students are the priority.
I was, once again, SO spoiled by everyone on my last day. The students pooled some money together and got me some giftcards, my cooperating teacher got me an awesome tote with my name embroidered on it! She also, along with the staff, stocked it full of classroom supplies! The librarian even picked out some brand new books for my classroom library. I was also spoiled with cards, kind words, and gifts from students, parents, and other staff members – one lovely lady even knitted me a scarf and hat!! Everyone was so wonderful – my dream for the future is to find a position teaching at that school, because it really is the kind of school teachers dream of!
The principal also requested that the county human resources department conduct a pre-screen interview with me. This is the first step in getting hired for long term substituting jobs and permanent positions. Based on these, over-the-phone interviews, candidates get a proficiency rating and are then recommended to principals looking to hire teachers. After my interview, which I think went well, the interviewer told me, very briefly, about two long term substitute positions – which she is “putting me forward” for. This is very exciting, as I wasn’t expecting to find anything or even find opportunities for anything any time soon.
Now, today is thanksgiving, and besides all the things I’ve been blessed with throughout my student teaching, I am also thankful for so much more. All my needs being met during the last three months, while I’ve been without an income – I know not many people can afford to take three months “off” and still manage to pay bills. Even more than that – we are going abroad for Christmas! I know, talk about spoiled/blessed!!! I am just so thankful for the opportunity to “have my cake and eat it too”! I am also beyond thankful for my husband, who has supported me throughout these stressful months of student teaching, and who continues to melt my heart. I am also thankful for my family! I miss them, but am so thankful for their support and encouragement. Finally, I am thankful for finding my passion and dream job — teaching is exactly what I should be doing — I absolutely love it!! That leads me to another thing I am thankful for – the opportunity to go to school and pursue my dream! I am also thankful for sunny days, rainbows, my pets, dance, music, the beauty of nature, sunsets and sunrises, chocolate, bubble baths, warm clothing in winter, my health, freedom, those who fight to maintain that freedom, friends, the ability to keep in touch with family afar, national geographic for making it possible to explore the world from the comfort of my living room….. I could go on all day! 🙂
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!