After much soul searching and a few panic attacks concerning the reduced wages, I traded my suits/heels for a pair of khakis and an art apron. The first few weeks were physically tough. Although I have never been "in shape", I had become even less active sitting at desk for years. What was more challenging; however, was overcoming the anxiety about being the "new kid" again. Not to mention that at 40 years old, I am the oldest teacher in the building.
Now, nearly three month into the new job, I am happy again. My days are filled with music, stories, time on the playground, hugs and lots and lots of paint! My co-teacher and I work well together and the children have settled into a routine. Did I mention that I am so happy to be in the classroom again?!?!
Life lesson -- change, although scary and frightening can also be invigorating, encouraging and in my experience is most likely the key to youthfulness, inspiration, and creativity.
|My old office.|
|My new office (I also have access to a library with a |
Smartboard, gym, playground, and open play area).