What a school year. It’s been a momentous one, to say the least but it’s finally over. I graduated and next week I’ll be taking my boards. That is definitely making me nervous but I know the task is attainable so I keep taking deep breaths and reminding myself that I had some incredible teachers. They believe I can do it so I can do it.
The impending licensure of also means that my days of working all weekend, every weekend are almost at an end. That fact alone makes me giddy. I want to do all the things! All weekend! Honestly though, I will spend plenty of time at home because that’s how life goes and there’s a lot that needs to be done in the house. Having the time will be good.
Next year, my oldest will start 5th grade. For us, that’s the last year of elementary school. It also means helping him figure out what he wants to do for middle school. He insists that he wants to stay in the STEM track but we’ll see after he has a chance to look at the middle school options next year.
My youngest will be starting third grade. We will see what testing brings us with her ADHD. They also want her to be tested by the school psychologist to make sure there’s nothing that’s being overlooked. I love data, so I’m fine with that. The more I know, the better a decision I can ultimately make. I think that she may need more challenging work – she jumped seven reading levels this year – but we will see what happens.
I will be looking at BSN programs. Hopefully by January, I can start working on that. I want to go back to teaching eventually and I need to have a master’s for that. Plans are flexible but it’s always good to have a plan. That’s my plan for now.
When I look back at everything that has happened since I quit my job teaching I can’t help but be grateful. The path has not been smooth and I’ve had moments where I wasn’t sure where to go next. I imagine that will happen again. One thing I’ve discovered is the truth in the lyrics that John Lennon sang – “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
I will leave you all with this. Today was high school graduation around here. I watched the clips from the school where I once taught and realized that if I walked into that building, very few adults and none of the students would know who I was. Time goes on and while I look back and wonder at times, I know for sure that the decisions I made were all the right ones. They seemed hard at the time and I thought they might have been wrong but I know now that they weren’t. I have grown and changed, as has that school. If I could go back in time, this is one decision that I wouldn’t change. Unless it was to say that I should have left sooner. I trust that I had things to learn while I was there and I hope that I learned what I needed to. And maybe it was just this – things will be ok.