Thursday, November 17, 2011

So, I've been away...

The end is here.  The end of my student teaching, that is.  Not the end, end.  Cause that would be so sad.  I made it, folks.  I made it.

In 2004, I started out this dream of mine to become a teacher.  Not a day care teacher, like I had already accomplished....but a real, state-certified teacher.  In 2004, the light at the end of the tunnel was basically non-existent.  Today, I am wearing my shades.

Today, I walked onto campus with tears running down my cheeks.  I knew that this last meeting would be my last time on campus before I go to get my cap and gown.  And we celebrated the end of the student teaching semester with a wonderful dinner and ceremony.  I am so proud of myself.

It doesn't happen often that I can honestly feel such pride in myself.  But I felt it tonight. 

I felt it even more because I was the only student teacher in that room with a job.

Despite the terrible outlook on teaching jobs in today's market, I have a job.

My cooperating teacher is leaving on December 16 for her maternity leave and I have been hired as a contracted teacher--not just a sub--to take on her classroom until the end of the year.  This means a salary.  And full benefits.  And a real job.  And a good salary.  A very good salary.  About 13K more than I ever dreamed of starting at. 

Yes, I am so very proud.

So I come to this blog as a third grade teacher. 

Dang, that feels good.  It feels good to know that I was interviewed and selected for a job that 250 other teaching candidates applied for.  They chose me.  They love what I do.  All of my hard work, my dedication, my heart and soul that has been poured into this career paid off.

And the best part?  I get to come back to my blogging!


Bethany said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I was having withdrawals! I now know what a druggie feels like when they score a hit! As for you being a teacher you are going to be amazing!! The students are lucky to have a teacher that has the heart and dedication that you have not a lot of teachers now days have that!!

uwmomma said...

This is so exciting!!! Congrats on the job, and on finishing what you started!

EZsx5 said...

Congrats!!! My daughter is in 3rd grade, so I know you will have your hands full ;) BUT if you love what you do, then I'm sure it'll be the best experience!

Amanda said...

Yay, congrats!!!!! That is so exciting and must feel soooooooo good!

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