Sunday, August 18, 2013

A New Adventure Begins... Big Changes, but I'm Back!

       Wow!  I don’t know where to begin!  I have been MIA for a few weeks and I am sorry.  I was doing so well this summer keeping up with my blog and then I had some BIG changes happen a few weeks ago. 
      As many of you may know, I taught first grade in North Carolina for 8 years.  I moved to NC for a teaching job, right after graduating college.  I grew up in Ohio and knew that I wanted to at some point come back.  The most recent severe budget cuts in NC, not to mention the fact that I was still being paid my 4th year teaching salary, really got me looking elsewhere.  I applied a couple of place in Ohio, but really didn’t think anything would come of it.  I figured that next summer I would actually put in more effort to find a job up north. 
     Then, while laying at the pool on a Monday afternoon, I got a call asking for me to interview for a position in an amazing school district north of Columbus. Two days later I had a phone interview and two days after that I was officially offered the job! 
     So, while it may seem as I deserted my poor little blog, I have actually been extremely busy. My new school started this past week.  So I had one week to pack up my old classroom, say good-bye to friends, move, unpack my classroom and begin school!  It has definitely been a whirlwind! 
       I originally interviewed for a first grade position, but had been told it could possibly end up being third grade.  I did in fact get moved to third grade, and while I had an initial fear of kids that big, I am realizing that because they have been to school longer, the first few days of school are WAY LESS exhausting than when teaching first grade!
      I have already realized that at this school and in this district I am valued as a teacher.  Not just in my pay, but also in the freedom I have been given in "how" I teach and what materials I use.  Also, at the opening convocation for elementary teachers, one of the board members was brought to tears because he loves the district and what it does for kids.  
      I survived the first three days of school.  We started last Wednesday!  I found that the lake/beach is only a 5-minute drive from my school, and I have already had a day visit from my mom, which couldn’t have happened living 8 hours away!  PlUS... there are no shoe dress codes.  Yes, that means I get to wear flip-flops to work! :)  My old district was VERY strict on this topic!
     Stay tuned as my new adventures in 3rd grade start to unfold!  

- Michelle


  1. Congrats Michelle! What a big and exciting change!

  2. Yay Michelle! Hope you enjoy your new school and class!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  3. Congrats Michelle! As a fellow NC teacher, I envy you for finding a new position so quickly :) Sounds like you will have a much better year all around!

    I {Heart} Recess

    *P.S. I just told my principal the other day that I appreciate that he is not the fashion police...we can wear flip flops :)

  4. Congratulations! I teach in a suburb of Columbus as well. There are some great districts in this area. Welcome back to Ohio!


  5. Congratulations! You will be all the better for the chaos and whirlwind you have experienced--it's times like these that make us feel like you can do anything... It is a wonderful thing to be close to your family, and I wish you the best in your new adventure! Third grade is a wonderful age... :0)

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers


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