“This is confusing!” The HR specialist was looking at pages of service records trying to determine how many years of teaching could be credited to my account. I’m off on a new adventure … having been in education for 31 years … 19 as a teacher and most recently, a school administrator for 12 years. Now I am returning to the classroom as a ninth grade Algebra 1 teacher.
A demotion you ask? No, not at all! My husband and I moved this summer to live close to our children and grandchildren. In the move I decided I wanted to return to my first love of teaching! I thoroughly enjoyed the work of a principal – loved the variety, the challenges but I missed the close connections with students. I missed finding multiple ways to fan the flame of interest in mathematics. And so … I sought a teaching position!
Today I signed paperwork, learned about my benefits, and met many other new teachers in the district. In the room of about 30+ teachers I felt like the “grandma” for sure! I also felt the camaraderie and energy of eager educators! Loved it!
And then … the best part of the day … I went to my new classroom … and imagined how I might make it an inviting environment for learning difficult material!
I decided on a black and white geometric theme. Over the next few days I’ll share my decorating and planning efforts!