Well, I am so relieved to be able to say, that yes, I will get to be a teacher yet again. I must admit this summer I have felt a bit lost. And no, being laid off isn't new for me, but for some reason not knowing this summer really shook me. You may be wondering why choose to include an image of my phone in this post, well, because it did exactly what I asked it to do yesterday, it rang, and WAY earlier than I thought! And here is where things get funny, or I'm psychic, or maybe a bit of both - yes, I was hired in middle school! Now here in California (and maybe other states, but I'll state the facts I know to be true) most elementary school teachers have a multiple subject credential that allows them to teach anything from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Now, without some type of supplement to their credential, they have to teach multiple subjects in middle school based off of their qualifications. Well after about three years of teaching I realized that I had actually taken enough history classes in college to have this supplement, I just had to fill out some paper work and pay the state $50! And hey, guess what, it paid off.
So yes, I will now be an 8th grade history teacher. Yes, I am a tad nervous seeing as how the day will be SO different from anything I have ever taught. The only thing I am really sad about is knowing that I will not be spending the whole day with the same 34 kids. I love getting to know my students so well because let's face it, I spend more waking hours with them then they sometimes spend with their families! Instead my students will span somewhere in the 100's. So, what is a girl to do? Well, spread some awesome learning onto a whole big group of students of course!
Our schools open back up to staff on Monday, so you better believe I will be there bright and early asking for my keys. I'll have three weeks to figure out what in the world I will be doing, oh, and set up a classroom in there too, but hey, that's for beginners!
Thanks for all the fingers crossed - I'm pretty sure they helped get that phone to ring a tad earlier than planned! Now all my positive energy will go to my friends who I teach with who haven't had their call yet. My supplement bumped me up in the rehire list so there are still too many amazing teachers left waiting. I hope their calls come early next week so everyone can get ready for the first day!