The best part about my job is how it has kept me connected to my daughters.
I used to think I was an "accidental" teacher. I thought maybe I had simply wandered into education. But as each year passes, and there have not been that many for me in teaching, I realize somehow, someway, I was led into the classroom.
I was a stay at home mom for eight delicious years. Then little jobs began to come my way. Noodle started preschool and I was offered a little office job just a few hours a week. Then a bookkeeping job, on my own time, came my way. Eventually I ended up working full time for benefits in a town that was 37 miles away from home and I missed my girls. I decided to finish up my degree in communications that I had put on hold since I worked just across from the university. So I was busy and stressed and missing my girls.
Just before Noodle started first grade I applied for a job as a teacher's assistant at the small rural school my girls attended in the tiny rural town where we lived. The pay was nothing but it came with benefits. I got the job. I worked in a second grade class room and got to observe and assist an incredible teacher. I finished my degree and with the guidance of a wonderful superintendent and support of my principal I worked on an alternative teaching certification.
I remember, as I began the process, I thought I would talk with the dean of education at the college where I got my communications degree. That college would oversee my resident year once I was in the alternative certification program. The dean was gracious but assured me I would not be in a classroom come fall...it just wouldn't happen. The only way was through her school, her education degree program. That fall I wanted so badly to go visit her and lay a copy of my license on her mahogany desk and tell her she could come visit me in my classroom.
Since I got here, fell into this career, answered the calling though whispered so softly to me... I am convinced I was led. I wasn't led just to teach, but to be closer to my daughters. At that rural school, both my daughters were with me. When we moved, older daughter was with me and for the last two years Noodle has been at my school.
Noodle gets to have lunch with me every day. That is a benefit I never counted on.