I remember the day I applied for this specific teaching job online and thought it was a fake website. Haha!
I remember the phone interview (and how I wasn’t even going to answer it).
Can’t forget the in-person interview where I was scared and intimidated leaving it and hoping they wouldn’t offer me the position.
And finally, moving out to this town I’d never heard of where I knew absolutely no one.
In this building, I’ve learned a lot about myself and what it means to be a better teacher, friend, colleague, role model, leader, follower, coach, and mentor. I’ve made some lifelong friendships working here; friendships that God knew I needed.
It’s a place where my faith, patience, and humility have all been tested and tried. Sometimes the outcome had a sweet savor of success; other times, the stench of failure. But underneath that was the chance for growth and self-discipline and motivation.
I was really looking forward to being in a brand spankin’ new building this upcoming year which I emphatically voted “yes” for a few years ago on the bond issue. However, after months of a combination of prayer, reading God’s Word, messages from the pulpit, and seeking godly counsel; this journey has come to a bittersweet twist.
I’ll be an Instructional Coach at Cottonwood Elementary this next school year where I’ll get to take my experiences and knowledge gained from being at SMS and help other educators in their individual journeys. I’m nervous, excited, and scared all at the same time!
I’m nervous because I’ll be at an elementary school. You might be thinking, “Why would she be nervous about that?” Well, because I have zero experience with elementary students and elementary teachers. I don’t even have observation hours from college in the elementary field! My degree is completely in secondary education.
I’m excited because it’s a great chance to work with others and see different perspectives. For the past seven years, all I’ve known is middle school. I hope to become well-rounded professionally…. and hopefully not physically!
I’m scared because I’ll be leaving my comfort zone. And on top of that I’ll actually be taking a pay cut because I won’t be able to coach basketball anymore. #sadface (And this ain’t just a little chunk y’all, we’re talkin’ groceries here!)
If I were to choose one adjective to describe how I feel overall, it would be grateful. I’m grateful to God for this new opportunity to continue to grow in different areas of my life. And to continue to mature mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Thinking about the emotions I’m feeling, I’ve realized they’re absolutely normal when it comes to change. Change is always nerve wrecking. Change is exciting. Change is scary. But I’m ready for this new challenge.
To all my coworkers and students I’ve ever worked with at SMS… THANK YOU for helping to shape me into who I am today. You all are amazing and I couldn’t have done it with out you.
Wherever you are or wherever you’re going, I love you and always, ALWAYS remember…
“IT’S A GREAT DAY!” (To be an Apache!)