Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Where Oh Where Has Lindsay Been?

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Yikes! Again, I have been MIA for a few weeks. It has been quite busy ones at that. This is a brief post to keep you all updated and to give you all a bit of information about me.

Let me start by saying that I first went to college to be an Architect. While I enjoyed my time working as one, I was not in love with the profession, and definitely not enough to continue with it for the next 35 years. I was also simultaneously planning a wedding and thinking about my future- a lot. I realized that I wanted to be able to be home with my kids on their times off of school- like my mom was with me and my sister. That meant- drum roll please- EDUCATION. The Hubster and I got married in May, 13 days after graduation, and then I got a job as a paraprofessional to gain experience working in schools. I went back to college that following January to obtain my teaching certificate in Special Education. Fast forward 2 years, and we are at December 2011. I just completed student teaching, and was rewarded with a long-term subbing job in an emotional support classroom with 4th-5th graders. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it! I thought that was going to be an experience that set me apart from other candidates when I was looking for a permanent teaching position. During my subbing time, I also took one last class to obtain my M.Ed in Special Education. I didn't wait to get a job first (could be the "mistake") because if I had, the 1 class I needed would have become 4 classes because of changes in State Law.

Now, fast forward a few months- I went on approximately 12 interviews over the course of 3 months- primarily in the district that I had the long term subbing job in. I thought and felt as though I was a shoe-in because I knew all of them, had worked there, and have demonstrated success. But- low and behold, I was not chosen.

Insert self-pity, doubt and questioning of what I had done wrong at the interview, what is wrong with me, and why didn't they pick me. In the back of my mind, I feel it may be because I have "over-educated" myself- but it was worth it to me. At the same time, I am trying to remind myself daily that I am where I belong and I am where God has put me. His plan for my life is unknown and I am trying to remember that when I go through another round of self-doubt.

So, instead of subbing daily, I took a great preschool job. While the pay is not what I imagined I would be making with my M.Ed, I am enjoying every minute of it- and isn't that really what LIFE is all about? I am teaching MWF so that I can still sub and be visible in districts on T/Th. Since it is the beginning of the year, subbing jobs are few and far between. However, they are starting to pick up. I am also babysitting a beautiful set of twin boys and their cool older sister (6) for a few hours throughout the week. It is definitely giving me a baby fix for them moment. Finally, I have been working at the same Y where I work for camp and teach preschool in their Environmental Education programs. This is totally right up my alley- and fits in with my "hobbies". I plan on learning how to "bird" as part of the program, as well as getting to teach and help school-age kids appreciate the environment, while teaching them basic and necessary community-living skills such as caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility (the Y values!)

I have been up to a few other things around the house- I will be posting more about those projects/undertakings. And- I have been "traveling" on weekends to staff Y trips, or to visit family so that has been a ton of fun.

2 comments:

  1. The right job will come...I would LOVE you to teach my kids - the highest compliment I can pay to a former star student.

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  2. Thanks Heather! I really appreciate it! And I am absolutely enjoying where I am in life right now so I know that this is the right job for this moment and that who knows what the future holds!

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