I only recently got my teaching certification and felt pretty committed to the field. For the last two years I have worked as a substitute teacher and special education teaching assistant. I earned certification in both Middle School Humanities (Social Studies and English) AND English as a Second Language. I already had a master's degree in Education. I participated in additional training and professional development. I applied for a lot of teaching jobs, but so many teachers have lost their jobs during the economic downturn, jobs are hard to come by without knowing someone and/or years of teaching experience. To add to this challenge, I did not come into teaching via the traditional route. I took the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) rather then going through a college teacher preparation program. Therefore, I have not participated in student teaching. I could try to find a job as a teaching assistant again, but honestly it is a lot of work for not a lot of money and I have the credentials to work as a teacher. For the past two years I have longed for my own classroom. I know I am a good teacher. The kids I have worked with love me. My colleagues and supervisors have given me endless praise. I have even been collecting books for my future classroom library.
Rather than keep torturing myself looking for a teaching job, I am going back to school. This is something I have toyed with on and off for several years. Regis College has a new program in Heritage Studies and after talking with the director of the program, I think it is a good fit for me. Also, they contacted me and I enjoyed having someone court me. I begin classes next week.
To support my new life as a student I plan to substitute teach a couple days a week and teach yoga and Zumba®. I have been teaching yoga for the last couple years. I just finished my Zumba training have been working daily to prepare the choreography for my first classes. I have added a link to my class calendar on the side bar and will update as I add classes this fall! Life has thrown me a bit of a curve ball, but I am ready to shift focus and move ahead.
This blog originally started as an education blog, a topic that will still remain prevalent, but as my life shifts, so will the focus of my blog.