I was just about to crawl into bed for some much needed sleep when I thought, "Hmm, I'm about to start a new adventure tomorrow. This might be a good time to get back in touch with my little blog." So here I am, sitting on the couch when better judgement tells me I should be hugging my pillow. It's okay though, I promised myself I'd keep this short!
After 16 years at the same school, I've decided to make a change this year. I've moved to a new site. I've been eyeing this school for years now. I've always been drawn to it because it is the only K-8 school in our district and I love that concept! I've often thought about how nice it must be to not send your fifth graders off to be devoured by Middle School wolves. Over the years, there were so many reasons (most of them rather good) and excuses (most of them rather lame) for not transferring school sites. This past year, however, was particularly trying for me...not just professionally, but personally as well. At the beginning of last year, I had heard about the potential for an open fifth grade position at my dream school and, as the year from hell progressed, it was the one glimmer of hope I held on to in an effort to survive until June.
When the new position was finally posted, I was more than ready to make the move. The only regret I had in leaving my current position was that I was giving up the opportunity to continue mentoring my daughter. We've worked on the same grade level team for the last two years and it has been an experience I will always cherish. As you can imagine, leaving that behind was a difficult decision, but I knew the time had come for me to make a change. The angst I felt in choosing to leave was short lived. Not long after I accepted my new position, my daughter found her dream job at my new site as a full time reading intervention teacher. The stars had obviously aligned for us for a second time!
So here I sit...on the eve of my new adventure and I just had to blog about it. New school, new colleagues, new faces...I couldn't possibly be more excited! Bring on the new year!