Closed the chapter on one school and opened the next chapter. It happened so quickly. Yesterday I turned in my key from OPMS and headed to my new school only to find my name already on the door and my name on the school’s webpage.
I didn’t shed a tear as I was leaving the old employer. I had been thinking about it for so long. As I drove off I barely even turned to look at the school one last time. I will miss a few of my coworkers because I really got close to them over the last 15 years. I can stay in touch through Facebook and emails. I know things will it me on August 15th when school starts and I’m not there but I’ll be busy with my new school.
It’s nice knowing that I don’t have to do the webpage, yearbook, totally decorate my classroom, or any of that other new teacher stuff. I am sharing a classroom with a friend which isn’t as bad as it sounds. I never really used a desk other than to store junk anyway. I can sit in classroom and watch others do their thing and not have to write lessons. I am being used for the knowledge I have gained over the last 20+ years.
For my Art-in-Lit class I don't even have to grade it because that is the job of the Lit teacher. I just to supervise and head them in the right direction. I can live with that!
Everyone at the new school is so excited to see me and talk to me. I guess they are comfortable because I am not pushy and not overbearing. I just love my job and want to TEACH. What more could I ask. The biggest downfall is the pay cut. I have been talking to most of my creditors and have told them that I lost my job and I am starting a new job in the fall. They seem to understand, I have never walked away from a debt in my life and I won’t start now. It just may take a little longer to pay them off.
Next week I have to do something that I have not done since I began teaching – attend a “New Teacher Orientation”. How strange is that? It’s not because I’m new; I’m just new to this school and this system. I’ll be sitting in there with several first year teachers so that will be strange. I also found out that there are only three men here at my new school – the guy I teach with, and the tech support guy. It’s a female dominated staff of teachers from P-K to 8th grade. But it has ALWAYS been that way.
I love life in middle school.