Refresher: I’m pursing a Master of Arts in Teaching to hopefully someday teach middle grades Language Arts or Social Studies. I can get an alternative certification to teach now, before I finish the program, if I’m hired. Since the school year has already begun I’ve been planning on the other option: student teaching in the spring and then job hunting next summer. Until this morning happened.
Yesterday I had an observation at one of the local middle schools in a Language Arts classroom. I loved it. It was life affirming. I walked away with a gigantic grin on my face feeling like, yes, this is definitely what I want to be doing with my life. I actually bemoaned that fact that I’m not a teacher yet.
The teacher yesterday advised that I do whatever I can to familiarize myself with thinking strategies. So this morning I was pinning away on Pinterest the various schema related things I could find. On Pinterest my former high school arts and humanities teacher follows me. She’s now an instructional coach at a middle school in our district. We often repin each other. She sent me a facebook message a while ago wanting to know where I was working this year. She said she had an idea to pick with me and asked me to call her.
There is an 8th grade reading position opening at her school. Long, weepy, story short, she wants to go to bat for me and put in a good word with the principal. In fact, I just got word that he says I should apply. There are no guarantees but it’s looking like I could get an interview. She called me a ‘dynamo’ and says she loves the adult I’ve become. My facebook posts, my chickens, my recipes, my energy. I cried, of course. She has always been one of my favorite teachers and to now see her offering to root for me to fill this position is making me a weepy mess.
Good things are happening. Finally.