Then came the 2011-2012 school year. It.was.the.BEST.class.ever. At the age of 8 you would expect students to be sweet and carefree, and that is what my class was. I was able to do things with that group of kids that I had only dreamed about. I connected with them and was able to actually enjoy teaching. And the growth those kids experienced was out of this world! We worked, had fun, and I loved working. At this point, I had 1 year old twin girls at home who needed my attention and working at a high needs school, it is hard to balance family life with school life. I began to look and pray for alternatives.
I accepted the IF job and this past year has been wonderful. Yes I have had lots of steep hills to climb, but there have also been many joys and successes to celebrate. I was placed at a K-2 school and if you'll remember from the first paragraph, I had only taught 3rd grade! I was perplexed at this placement, but trusted God. I was able to really unpack the CCSS for K2 with my teams. I also had the opportunity to teach a Kindergarten class for 2 months, something I had always said would end badly, and guess what?? Those kids are just fine! I also spent time daily in a first grade classroom. A first year teacher had taken over a retired teachers classroom in February, so I was asked to model frequently for her. It was an awesome experience. I had no clue the plans God had in store for me!
Last Tuesday, I was reading over the new Admin appointments and noticed that 2 teachers from the elementary school I attended were now moving into AP roles. The school already had one teacher position open, so this meant they now had 3! This is a school that NEVER has openings, teachers basically die there! I began to get a crazy feeling, thanks God, and decided to do some detective work. I had a friend find out if theses openings were really available, you know how the teaching world is! Once I got word they were real, I called the principal Wednesday morning. We chatted and she asked if I was even eligible for a transfer, I hadn't put in for one, because this wasn't even a possibility last week. I set up an interview for 3:30 that day and told her I would find out if I was eligible to transfer.
I decided I would not call HR at first because I wanted to keep this quiet. I tried to call some others in similar positions who had done a move like this, but couldn't get them on the phone. I finally called HR and was told to contact my supervisor. Shot Down. Well that was it, I would just remain an IF and it would be great. 15 minutes later I get a call from HR. She asked if I was interested in moving back into a classroom, I said yes, she said I needed to send my cover letter and resume to the principal. Was this happening!!!! I could actually apply for a position at the school that has been my dream since college!
The interview went great, and at 7:45 Thursday morning, I had an email from the principal to call her. I called at 7:48...what can I say, waiting is not my strength! She offered me a 1st grade position!!!! I was speechless! My lifelong career dream was coming true! My role as an IF at the K-2 school had prepared me for this job!! I would NEVER have felt confident to teach 1st if it had not been for those teachers and the experiences I had there. I am teaching in my old 2nd grade classroom, so the memories came flooding back.
Check back to see what I'm planning on in my FIRST GRADE CLASSROOM!!!