When John and I got married, I looked for a teaching job and found one that started in less than a week from my interview---it was not the classiest of positions---I didn't have a classroom, I traveled with a cart to each class. I taught math and science in 8th grade and was severely warned that this was a hard position for a first year teacher or any teacher. Boy, was that year rough?!! I learned a lot about people, forgiveness, patience, pregnancy hormones(My supervising teacher had a super bad day one day and took it out on the first year teacher--me---and I felt very relieved the next year to find out she was pregnant:) --it explained everything), and much more. That was 16 years ago. I taught for 4 years, then stopped the day I went into labor with our first child(Friday before a spring break---great timing!).
Through the years, I've thought and wondered time and time again...would I ever work full time again? For the last couple of years, I have worked for my mil as a kind of secretary...very part time(3-5 hours a week). I've learned a lot about taxes, money and more! I am very grateful for that experience. But, now, it's time for full time teaching!!!
I start in-service days today at a local Christian school. Although I've never taught at a Christian school, this is my "return" to the working/teaching world! My kids will all come with me this year and either be in my class at some point or down the hall. Tomorrow night is Parent Orientation...and I think back to all my PO's in the past...and I was a lot younger and NOT a mother! Funny to look back on those years. I met some of the nicest people teaching in Plano, and I will never forget them. I will now be working with a totally different set of teachers, but I feel at home with them already, having worked with some of them over the summer getting the "new" campus ready. I have my very own classroom, and more resources than ever!!