Wednesday, July 8, 2009


I started teaching eight years ago, at the ripe old age of 35. I taught 3 years in the local public school system, but I've been working at a small private school for the past four years. Now I'm heading back into the public school system. There were a lot of advantages to teaching at a small school. I'm definitely going to miss the smaller class size, less paperwork, and less stress due to the first two things. I will also miss my fellow teachers and administrators, my students' parents, and watching my students grow up. In a public school system, the kids left my class and continued on. When I taught second grade, that meant they headed to another school. I only saw them if I ran into them in public.
The private school is pre-K through 12th grade, so the farthest my students moved was down the hall or to the next building. I loved the idea of watching them go from pre-school, across the hall from me, to watching them graduate. So why am I leaving?! Financially, I just can't afford to turn down the pay increase and benefits that public schools offer. Even though teaching is not a high-paying career by anyone's standards, public still pays a lot more.

This will be my fourth school to work at in my eight and a half year career. During that time, I've also changed grade levels three times. Second grade, fourth grade, and kindergarten for the past three years--- and that's the grade I'm teaching at the new school. Thank God, at least that's the same. LOL God willing--- this will be my last transition--- for a long while.

This school is also in a town about 30 miles from my house. Driving over 15 minutes to work is another change. I'm nervous about learning a whole new curriculum. At the same time, I'm excited to make new friends and meet new kids and parents. A lot of prayer went up before and after this job opened up. I feel confident this is where God's leading me to teach. I would still, however, welcome prayers for an easy transition. ;)


  1. Yea, you got the job! I'm sure you will do well. Is the school a small one? How many kids will be in your class? Do you get a para too?

    My son is planning on working as a substitute again this next year. He worked everyday last year. Some thing about substituting is no paperwork, no lesson plans, and lots of different possibilities.

  2. It's a small school, but I'm looking at around 20 kids. The para-professional is only with me for one hour a day. She rotates. I subbed for years before and during college. I enjoyed being at a different school every time-- and the NO paperwork part! LOL I wanted to be sure this is wanted to do before I invested years (and money!) in going back to school. I was 32 when I started college--- the year my baby went to kindergarten.

  3. I'm so happy that you got the job! Your going to do great!

  4. Congrats, you'll do great. Considering how hard it is to find a teaching position with the state cuts consider yourself lucky. The parish isn't even hiring here.

  5. Hey, I understand! I get notified every time someone comments on my blog, probably just like you do!

    Love ya1

  6. We aren't from Meadville?

    Does it imply that somewhere on his blog??? He did referee soccer there??

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  8. We need more Godly people in the public schools... so this might
    just be where God wants you. I know of many of my friends who
    are leaving private schools to teach in public schools. It makes me
    a little sad that our private Christian organizations can't pay more
    or give more benefits to teachers.... it is all in God's hands. I am
    home schooling for now.... and plan to continue, under the cover
    of a private Christian school.... that way we get out of the house and
    participate in group events. God Bless and hand in there with that drive!