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

6 comments:

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

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

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

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  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!

    Jess
    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 :)

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

    Mary

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  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)

    Smiles,
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

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