I've been fortunate enough to gain two bits of exciting news this week.
- I had applied for openings in the Jefferson City School District within the past month and a half. I interviewed for one and never heard back on it--it was a middle school opening. I then interviewed Monday for a high school English position, and was called about an hour and a half after the interview with an offer for the job. This is a bittersweet change for me, but one that's very positive. I love the school where I work right now and am very sad to be leaving my friends there and the amazing students. However, I get to return--after 20 years--to the high school where I graduated and first was inspired to teach. I have so many wonderful memories of high school, particularly the English classes. I hope I'm able to continue impacting lives. That was the sweet; the bitter came yesterday when I told my students I won't be back next year. The tears, yells of "no," and letters I received added to the bitter feeling. It was an emotionally draining day to say the least. I'm so thankful for the opportunities I received in the North Callaway School District and am painfully sad to leave. I'm excited to teach high school and gain 1.5-2 hours with my family each day. Again, the decision was incredibly bittersweet.
- I've been accepted into MU's Educational Leadership Program starting this June. In 15 months, I will earn my Masters in Education. It's going to be intense with little free time the next two summers; however, the reward will be the ability to be an administrator down the road if I so desire.
I've been so anxious waiting for things to fall into place. I know that I continue to follow the path that's being laid out before me. I have faith that I'm doing what I need to for myself and my family. I love serving other people and sharing my passion for both English and learning. It feels really great to know that all the pieces are fitting together.