It has been a few months since I lasted posted here on my blog, but in those months I have had a lot of changes happen. I have a new job, and I’m teaching a new grade level! I was teaching at a private school for the past 5 years, this would have been my 6th year. I left for several reasons that I won’t go into in the post, but I will say, that as hard as the decision was to leave my students after the school year had started, it was the right decision for me. It has changed me back to the person I was, happy, easy going, smiling. and the best teacher I can be. I have switched from a private school to a public school and from First Grade to Third Grade, and from one of the most affluent schools in our county to one of the lowest income schools. I am working with a great new team! They have, along with everyone at my new school, welcomed me with open arms, and offered help at every turn along the way. I am so grateful to be able to have this experience in this district at this school, and in this grade level at this point in my life.
I had been battling myself, and had lost confidence in my teaching at my previous position. In just a few short weeks in my new position, I have gained it back and have found my love for teaching again. My love of teaching had never truly left, but my confidence had been lost, well really, taken from me at my previous position I felt for my previous students and worried for their education because I wasn’t giving them my best. I know that they are in good hands, and I miss them dearly, but I know that they are in good hands, and are doing really well.
My new students have different struggles than my previous students and from anything that I have ever dealt with before, but I love each and everyone of them. They were so cute when I first started. I was the third teacher they have had this year, the original teacher went out on leave before the school year began so the students began the year with a long term sub. Who within the first few weeks of school was hired full time at another school, so they brought in another long term sub who was to be with the students until the teacher came back, but than the teacher decided to not to come back. And that is where I come in. They hired me to start just after Thanksgiving. So I was with the students just before winter break. As we were getting ready to go on break that Friday, the students were asking making, “Are you coming back?” They were so worried that I was not coming back after break. I told them that I was in for the long run and they were stuck with me until the end of the year! They all surrounded me and gave me a BIG group hug.
When we came back after the break, my students were so happy to see me! And I have to say, I’m pretty sure I was MORE happy to see them!!! I love my new school, I love my new students, and I love my new grade. I know in my heart that this was the right decision for me to make