Monday, July 23, 2012

Adventures in Teaching -- A New Adventure!

If you know me, you know that moving to San Jose was difficult for many reasons, but especially because it meant leaving my old School.

I knew it would be even more just as difficult to find a new job. The economy is still recovering, and threats of further cuts to education loom over districts hesitant to hire. I went to teacher-faires, and sent in numerous resumes and letters of intent, hoping to find something. I had the good fortune to interview at one school that seemed way to good to be true. But, for what seemed like an eternity, I heard nothing.

On the last day of school, literally as I was scooting the kids out of my classroom, my cell phone buzzed mentioning that I had a voicemail. It was the school, the school. My teacher friends and I had always joked that someday we would quit and open a charter school; a school in which we could teach to the whole child, fostering a love of learning  That was this school. The school I had all but written off hope for. There they were calling me, and asking me if I was still interested in becoming a part of their team! 

As of August, I will be a sixth grade teacher at a small K-8 charter school in Palo Alto. Their mission is such that their school "offers a collaborative, experiential learning environment that emphasizes individual student achievement and inspires children, faculty and staff to reach beyond themselves to achieve full potential. Using a global perspective to teach about the interconnectedness of communities and their environments, " their "program nurtures mutual respect, civic responsibility, and a lifelong love of learning."

I am very excited to have accepted the position, and begin a new adventure in teaching.

On Monday I head out to San Mateo for a week long math training. The following week, my new adventure begins! So, for the next few days, I am going to enjoy my last moments of summer break.

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