8 Years Down...Many More To Go

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Hi friends!

I just finished my 8th year of teaching. I spent the first 4 years in the media center and just completed my 4th year in the classroom.

A little background...

I student taught in the fall of 2006 and graduated in the spring of 2007. I was taking a class during the last semester of my college years and I had a very unsupportive professor. It changed my whole outlook on teaching and did not take a teaching job. I spent about 6 months working a dead-end job trying to figure out my next move. I began to search for a better job and started working for the university that I completed my undergraduate degree. I have always had a passion for reading, so I decided to work on my Masters of Information and Library Science. I thought about working at a university library, but realized that was not my path in life. I volunteered/interned at a local school and found my calling again. That internship turned into my first teaching position in the media center.

I will admit that it was not my best year in life. I had to adjust to working with all teachers and students, but my teaching background gave me a lot of valuable information. Fast forward 4 years and budget cuts created job sharing of media specialists between buildings. I was forced out of my position due to my teaching license, but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I moved to a 4th grade classroom and I LOVED my new position. I had so many incredible experiences in that first year back in the classroom and was even chosen as Teacher of the Year in my building. I found my love of teaching yet again and I am so thankful for that first year.

I spent 2 more years teaching at the school (one year a 3rd/4th split class; one year a 4th/5th split class) which is as awful as it sounds! I was also commuting 2+ hours a day and with no pay raise since I began working for the district. I decided in 2017 that enough was enough and left the school corporation.

What about now...

Enter my 1st year at my new school! I taught 4th grade High Ability students this past school year and had a wonderful experience. Was it perfect? No. Will any year be perfect? No. I have become okay with the lack of perfection and strive to improve each year. I am looking forward to my 2nd year at my new school and my 9th year of teaching.

I have been on summer break for a week now and I working on improving myself through downtime and exercise, but I spend a lot of time in the summer preparing for the next school year. I have read 2 PD books, which I will post about later.

If you are curious now, I have read the following books:

Minds on Mathematics                                       Ditch That Homework: Practical Strategies to Help Make Homework Obsolete by [Miller, Matt, Keeler, Alice]

I would love to hear more about your teaching background and your first year of teaching!


  1. Wow! Sounds like you've had an adventure getting to where you are now! Good luck in your 9th year and congrats on Teacher of the Year. :) I've got Ditch that Homework on my reading list - is it as awesome as the synopsis makes it sound?

  2. What an adventure! I had a hard time finding a job. I didn't get my first job until half-way through July, when most of the positions had been filled back in April. My University Mentor said I had to have certain paperwork and wasn't very helpful with telling me how to and when to apply for a job. But it has all worked out fabulous. I am still with the school I took my first job with and I love it.


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