The last 9 years of my life have built me, prepared me, and have shaped me for today: May 25, 2011.
Over the last 9 years, I have:
-read thousands of pages in textbooks
-taken out over $60,000 in student loans
-spent endless hours studying
-written paper after paper after paper
-learned a lot about myself as a teacher by working with students with emotional problems
-found a greater appreciation for diversity in a classroom by working with ELL students
-mastered the art of multi-tasking (writing a paper while eating dinner, doing laundry, and talking on the phone)
-quit my teaching job to do an unpaid student teaching experience (which ended up being one of the best decisions of my life)
-ate Cup O' Noodles for lunch for weeks during said student teaching because I was broke from quitting the aforementioned job
-went through a major job interview
-went through another major job interview
-went throught yet another major job interview
...and today, May 25, 2011, I accepted a job offer from Washington County Public Schools as a second grade teacher at Pangborn Elementary School.
I feel like all of my experiences, training, and recent life events have led me to this very moment, at this very school, with this very special group of students that I'm about to share my life with over the next school year.
God is really amazing, isn't He?
I had an interview yesterday at 4pm at Pangborn Elementary. I walked into the interview not even knowing what I was interviewing for... and when they asked what I wanted to teach, I told them:
"I want to teach children."
I do not care what grade level, or whether it's special education or English Language Learners (ELL). I just know that my passion and calling right now in my life is to teach, and I will do it with all of my heart no matter what grade level I'm placed in. Before I walked into the school for the interview, I prayed to God... "Lord, I pray that if this is where I am supposed to be used for Your glory, then let it be so. If there is something else that would be a better fit for me, please open that door of opportunity." I felt like the interview went really well... and in less than 24 hours later, I received a call from Human Resources offering me this teaching opportunity, and through the tears of sheer joy, I gladly accepted the offer.
|Pangborn Elementary School in Hagerstown, MD|