Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a teacher. In 2011, I took a huge leap of faith when I moved to Virginia Beach, VA! I didn’t have a job or my own place but I packed up my car and went! My cousin graciously opened her home and heart to me. I had 2 interviews within 3 days! I lived within walking distance of the beach! I couldn’t believe that this was my life!
I loved my job as a third grade teacher! I loved just about everything about Virginia Beach! I was there for two years. I even met my husband in VAb! After we got married we started thinking more long term – careers, a home, a family… we house hunted in Virginia Beach but ultimately felt called to move back to my home state in Pennsylvania.
I had a teaching license for Ohio since that’s where I went to college. I had my VA license too. The process to get my PA license was a hassle. Lots of tests and paperwork. Ugh! We decided to live in Ohio for a year while I got it all sorted out. My husband attended my alma mater while I taught at the same school where I student taught. I thought I was a shoe-in for a position but didn’t get it. <heartbroken> Instead I taught a new “online” program. (Totally misleading, I had my 3 1st and 2nd grade students every day in the closet of the school’s library!)
That was a super super hard year. I felt like we made a huge mistake moving up north. I was so disappointed, but we persevered.
More heartache came before the next school year when I interviewed in my dream district. I had always done so well in interviews (minus the one in Ohio, I guess?) and I was a really good teacher. I went in confidently but my nerves got the best of me when I arrived 15 minutes early and then waited an additional 45 minutes to be interviewed. I BOMBED IT.
Then, I took a position in my hometown’s elementary school. I was the RTI teacher which meant I’d work with the lowest readers in grades k, 1, 2. I was glad to have a foot in the door but didn’t want another awkward transitional year. I’m totally a classroom teacher! Miraculously after the first week of school I was asked to teacher kindergarten as a year long substitute. Yes! Foot in the door!
I found out late that fall that I was pregnant! God’s timing is so crazy and so perfect. I loved everything about my year in kindergarten! The school, staff, and students were amazing.
I had Everette in July and didn’t have a job to return to the following fall since the sub job was only for 1 year. I struggled with this. I didn’t want to leave my baby at all, but I also didn’t want to “waste” my degree (um hello, student loans, anyone?!) I was so glad to be a SAHM but I also had a lot of guilt about not financially contributing.
When my son was around 6 months I started tutoring a former kinder-student for an hour one time a week. I missed my boy for 1 hour but I also felt like me again! I loved teaching and she was one of my faves! I started really looking forward to Monday nights! Then, I started tutoring two more kiddos. It felt good to teach again!
I was not ready to leave my 1 year old when the next school year came around though! (And hey good thing because no one in Western PA is even hiring a k-4 teacher! Lol)
Anyways – the whole point I’ve been trying to get to is this… I’m still a teacher.
I don’t have: a classroom, a boss, salary, desks, supplies, students. I don’t have to wear dress clothes every day. I don’t follow a curriculum or attend profession development or dreaded PLCs (lol, my VBCPS teacher friends know what I mean!) but tonight especially I have a full heart!
My home is now my classroom. I have one student and he means the world to me! Two year olds might be my favorite, btw. Everyday I teach him something new (and let’s be honest he teaches me a lot too!) We don’t have a formal learning time like I’ve heard some SAHMs implement, but we talk, explore, create, and discover all day long.
Everette amazes me! He knows his full name, his birthday, mommy/daddy’s names, his address, his colors, his ABC’s (and 1 million other songs), he can count well beyond 20 with a little help…
Tonight he knocked my socks off. (And no I won’t apologize for being an excited FTM!) While I was cleaning up dinner Everette asked to get out his chalk and draw on his kitchen helper. He helped himself to his bag of chalk and excitedly sat down.
I was loading the dishwasher when I heard him say “One line down and three lines over! Look mommy! I made a E!” HE SURE DID!
I went so crazy! Dancing, singing, and praising his special E! It was the most beautiful E I had ever seen! The look on his face was priceless! He was so proud of himself! I grabbed my phone to snap some pics and videos but damn Apple must be phasing out this 3+ year old iPhone. (Bastards!) He was so excited that he wrote another one! I rushed to get my camera! He laughed and danced along with me! He was so excited that he wanted to share his amazing work. He wanted to FaceTime my dad, pa-pa, so we did and my dad was equally excited!
I’ve been Miss Osborne, Mrs. Wilson, and now Mommy! This is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had! I absolutely love being my son’s very first teacher! Once a teacher, always a teacher!