Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Change (Would Do Me Good?)

This song has been running through my head for the last week.... and not just because I'm a big "Glee" fan. 

"I think a change would do you good."

Or I hope so anyway, because we're about to have a big one.

Starting tomorrow, I'll be coming out of retirement and returning to the classroom.  Tomorrow morning, I start teaching high school English again, for the first time in a little over three years.

Those of you who have read my blog for a long time know that I have had an on-again/off-again relationship with teaching.  I was pretty sure that I left the profession twice, only to come back.  My dad says that I have the heart of a teacher and that it's what I'm really supposed to be doing.  Personally, I'm excited about returning to teaching now, but I still hope that a second career as a librarian is somewhere down the road for me!

It didn't really make sense to our family to rock the boat with my profession when so many other things in our lives were changing.  After my last teaching job, I got pregnant with Liam.  And then I started grad school.  And then Ben left corporate America, and our family moved to camp.  And then I got pregnant with Aiden.  And then I was on bedrest.  And then Aiden arrived and we had to figure out this whole "family of six" thing.

But now..... Aiden is 6 months old.  Ben is settled into his job.  Our girls are settled into their schools.  We are settled into our new community.  So while we were talking about me going back to work this fall, we did NOT expect it to happen this quickly.  But a good friend of mine (whose husband also works at camp) told me a few weeks ago that a teaching job was opening at semester.  I figured it couldn't hurt to turn in an application, so I did.

From there, it was a whirlwind.  I interviewed and was hired.  I filled out paperwork, met the staff, and picked up textbooks for planning.  I worked frantically to create a schedule and lesson plans for the semester.  I found a wonderful babysitter to take care of my sweet kids.  And in the midst of all of this, I started my semester of grad classes, focusing on Electronic Materials for Children and Young Adults.  It has been a crazy week, but I'm feeling good.

Anyway, just wanted to let all of you know about my life changes, because they will likely translate into some blog changes as well.  My goal is still to read 60 books this year, but between teaching, taking classes, and parenting, I may not have time to blog them all.  I'll post as often as possible though!

And now I'm off to bed.  Because I have a big, big, big day tomorrow!
(thought you Hunger Games fans might appreciate that Effie Trinket reference....)