My feet have finally landed and are now firmly planted eager to begin a new chapter. It’s been a whirl wind of excitement and change. After 25 years of teaching, I am embarking on a new career. To say that this was a tough decision would be an understatement. Honestly, I am not a crier, but I cried the last three weeks of school—at the drop of hat. I didn’t even recognize myself! The thought of leaving a school that I loved, colleagues who have seen you through the good, bad and the ugly--and my students (well you know, it was like a death). I mourned the thought of not walking though the door to my classroom, I mourned the loss of the family that I had become an integral part of, and I really mourned the thought that I was losing my identity as a teacher.
It’s not that I wasn’t excited about my new role, or that I feared making new friends, but it was what I was leaving behind. I had a career that I was crazy in love with. With every breath, I was a passionate educator who wanted to help shape education in a positive and profound way—and that’s why I left the classroom. I recognized that it was time to embrace an opportunity to influence education on a broader scale. My new role will allow me to embrace my inner teacher and creatively weave my experiences as an educator into the new role as a central office Coordinator of Admisssions and Strategic Marketing. I’m jumping in with both feet!
Change is good. It breathes new life into us, presents us with new challenges and opens new doors. The question is, do you take the opportunity and walk through it? I did! Wish me luck!!