It honestly doesn't feel like the school year has ended, but truthfully, it did a little over a month ago. Our crazy winter that blessed us with plentiful snow days kept us in until the last minute, which gave me no pause between the academic year and summer school. My last three weeks have been filled with nonstop teaching in a total different way but I'll share all about summer enrichment another time. The 2018-19 school year is in the books and I have officially been a teacher for an entire year!
From the bottom of my heart, I love being a teacher. There were very few mornings that I woke up and didn't feel eager to start my day. Loving my job made it so much easier to spend time apart from my family each day, especially because I felt so affirmed and focused in what I was doing. While law school felt uncomfortable and often faked, I didn't have to pretend to love the books we were reading or the topics we were discussing.
That isn't to say there weren't moments of error and opportunities to learn. I've learned so much in the last year. From hair lines to history to collaborating and developing relationships with coworkers, God placed me in an environment that pushed to grow in order to better serve the community my family has been placed in. My ability to simply use the technology given to me and better communicate with parents in person and over the phone has grown in leaps and bounds. Not to mention, classical curriculum was totally foreign to me, and now I can't imagine my child learning any other way as he grows up!
It has been such a fruitful year for our family, between buying a home, Josh and I both working in locations and spaces we enjoy, and watching our baby transform into a toddler (complete with a stubborn attitude and plenty of opinions).
Stay tuned for more as I catch my breath this July and prepare eagerly for next year. Which really says it all, doesn't it? I quite truly cannot wait for August!
First year Catholic educator in the Classical curriculum style. I teach middle school English-Language Arts.