The Boy Child 'graduated" from elementary school last week.
I say "graduated," because I think we make such a big flippin' deal out of all this stuff..too big a deal... like these kids are never going to do anything more than graduate from elementary school!?!? Not that it isn't important. I held it together until he came down the stairs dressed in his khaki pants, tie and navy blue suit jacket. This mamma lost it a bit!
I digress, this isn't the point of my post.
I have a new job! This was not something I'd planned on.
It's been a tough year, which I've said before. In the 4 years I've taught at my current school, I've weathered 3 new principals and 3 new assistant principals. Y'all, this new principal just doesn't like me. Oh, it's not personal, she doesn't know me well enough to not like me as a person, but she doesn't think I'm a good teacher. That's never happened to me before. I've always had the respect of my administrators. It's a shame, because in a lot of ways, she is doing amazing things for my school. She has a great vision, but I don't think she feels I'm a part of that.
That said, I had a job for next year. My job was not on the line, but my reputation was, and long term, my certification could be.... because one darn person doesn't like me! FRUSTRATING.
Anywho, I wasn't looking to leave, because The Girl child still had another year there and The Boy was all set for middle school just down the road. FINALLY in my end of year summation, the principal gave me a clear picture of what she thought I was lacking. It was doable. I knew I could change it and be more successful next year.
Then, I heard about a local charter middle school that was going to open up an elementary school and everything changed. It's the kind of place that allows you to teach the way it's supposed to be.. hands on, project based, authentic... the children still have to take all the state tests, but there is less pressure and the test scores are phenomenal. More importantly, it's the kind of environment in which My Girl will thrive and I was truly concerned about our middle school options for her. I knew that looking into this opportunity would get me a viable option for her in two years.
Kind of on a lark I applied. Because it is not affiliated with my current district, I did not need my principal's permission. I had nothing to lose... interview and if I don't get it, she'll never know and I go back to my current place next year. Get it and I go. You know what, they looked at my resume, cover letter, and philosophy and they think I can teach. They value me. They granted me an interview and then made an offer and the pay is actually better! Not much better... I'm still a teacher... in the South.... but it's an increase.
I still hate change, but I'm so excited!