Let’s recap real quick.
If any of my new followers do not know, last December I graduated college with a degree in teaching high school theatre and Language Arts. In February, my life then turned upside down (in a good way) when I accepted a job and moved to Middlesboro, KY, two hours away from my home.
I was in a sixth grade classroom, an experience I had never been through before, and man did it rock my world. In the three and a half months I taught there, I learned more about teaching than college had ever prepared me for. It was the hardest work I had ever done. Some nights I came home crying. But it was also the most rewarding experience. Hands down taking that job was the best decision in my life. After the last day of school, I knew I was meant to be a teacher.
Better yet, it had planted a seed in me. All throughout college, my motto was, “I will never teach middle school.” Both of my parents were middle school teachers at some point of their careers, and I absolutely had no desire to be stuck with that awkward age group.
Then I taught sixth grade.
Middle school students are going through one of the biggest changes of their lives. They’re going from becoming a child to a teenager, then an adult. Here are some of my observations: They want to be treated like adults, yet they far from act like ones. They can form their own opinion, they can hold intelligent conversations, but then when you mention the word, “kickball” to them, they are third graders all over again. Truth be told, after working with high schoolers, I came in thinking they were babies. I was right and wrong at the same time. Sometimes I could catch a glimpse of who they were growing to be, and the best part was watching them grow.
As you can tell, I fell in love with teaching middle school. I left the end of the year missing my students like crazy. I regretted the fact that my degree allowed me to only teach 8th grade and up. I wouldn’t be able to teach sixth grade in Middlesboro again, at least not until I work to get my certification to teach 5-12.
So the job hunt began again. I applied for many high schools and middle schools around the state.
Then the funniest thing happened.
It seemed like no matter which county I applied to, I had more success, some kind or another, with middle schools.
“Perhaps,” I thought, “This is God nudging me in that direction?”
Well, I hope I’m hearing Him correctly, because as of yesterday I am officially an 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Garrard Middle School! Home of the lions!
Obviously I am tickled to have a job, but really I am so excited for this opportunity to continue my career teaching middle school! I can’t wait to meet my students, bond with coworkers, and get into my new school.
This means that for the time being, I am going to stay in Richmond and do a 30 minute drive everyday to get to work.
Before I end, I obviously have to thank everyone: my parents, Cody, Kelsee, Beverly, Dave, and so many friends and family, for being such great support for me. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!