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!