So it has been exactly a week since my last post AND exactly a week since my life changed FOREVER!
Last week, in less than 24 hours, I was offered the opportunity of a lifetime; to take over as the English high school teacher at a Christian private school!
If I accepted the job it would mean:
- major cut in pay
- I wouldn’t be teaching history, but instead ENGLISH Literature
- less than ideal working conditions. The school just downgraded facilities. For me specifically this means: no air conditioning in this 100 degree weather, stench of dust and old, 30 year plus need for a paint job, only one electric outlet in my classroom, etc.)
- Oh yeah, and P.S. “school starts in two days.”
So naturally, I TOOK THE JOB
I went to college with the intention of graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in History (which I completed in 2009) AND then completing my teaching credential (the coursework was completed 2 years ago) in order to teach high school history, but the actual completion of my teaching credential had been put on hold due to the student teaching requirement which would have required me to teach free of ANY PAY for an ENTIRE school semester (over 4 months). With the status of the economy at the time (and even still), not to mention the fear of the teaching job market (which has been pretty dim, at least here in California) my husband and I were still a year away from pulling the trigger for me to take all that time off with NO pay. So there I was, stuck in the corporate world bubble of higher pay but unhappy employee and I have not been shy in my posts about my frustrations. I was starting to feel hopeless and really down on myself for letting my teaching dreams slip away from me. The only way to get a teaching job without a completed credential would be to get hired by a private school (which isn’t easy either, due to the high unemployed teacher to teaching job ratio).
And then BAM, I get the phone call that this private school has no English teacher for the upcoming start of school and they are willing to take a chance on me. And now, as I write this today, I have exactly a week of teaching experience under my belt!!! While it has been so challenging and demanding, ESPECIALLY under the conditions in which I was hired, I can confidently say I am ecstatic, happy and GRATEFUL for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
My career goals in life have been to: A. work as a teacher and B. to work in a museum as a historical professional
Last Friday, one of these career goals FINALLY came true. It was such a shock and it happened so quickly. I feel so blessed and humbled by the support that I have received in this MAJOR transition from:
- my ENTIRE family: my parents, my sisters (especially my sister Susan who rushed over to put up some bulletin boards in my classroom so that it was at least presentable to the students and who has offered her abundant teaching experience advice to me, THANKS SIS)
- my husband (for agreeing to take over almost 100% of the financial burden for our little family unit in order for me to fulfill my dreams…)
- my girlfriends (who were able to REMIND me to have a good time on my birthday last Saturday, and ESPECIALLY my GREAT friend Jenny Nason for giving me the call when she found out about the position, THANK YOU)
- and finally, the new staff at my school who have been so sweet, helpful and welcoming
The only TRUE negative has been that this past week has been so chaotic for me that the blog and my running were put on hold (to be honest they rarely crossed my mind with how busy I was). But that’s okay. I am back now that this first week is over and I have a few minutes to breathe. I am about to leave for the Disneyland Half Marathon expo. I may have had to put my training to the side, and my hopes to be in a Disney inspired running outfit, but that’s okay, I am still going out there and getting my first Run Disney medal on Sunday. Running and blogging has been and will CONTINUE to be one of my favorite happy places.
Thank you all for your support.