I am no longer a teacher.
Today is officially my last day of being employed.
I honestly did not think this day would ever come! Starting at the age of 6 I knew I would be a teacher one day. I played teacher with my stuffed animals and taught them everything I knew. As I got older, my mom bought me gradebooks for my "class" and I actually had some live students (thanks Kelli and Michelle!). I had a whiteboard, transparencies, red pens... you name it- it was mine! My teaching name was usually Mrs. Westmoreland (I loved a boy named Justin Westmoreland in elementary), and I had the BEST class!
I always volunteered in classrooms in junior high and high school, and signed up for every teaching/childcare program I could get my hands on. I received the Future Teacher award in high school and graduated heading to A&M where I would only think of majoring in elementary education. I was there and honestly enjoyed all of my education classes. I loved learning HOW to teach and soaked in every bit of information I possibly could. I volunteered in schools, subbed on my days off... I loved everything about it.
I graduated A&M and worked at a Montessori school for a year. This was a great year of teaching for me. I had never been in a Montessori school and it changed a lot of my perspective on HOW to teach. I was hired at Spring Shadows in SBISD the following year and worked there for four years. Working at a Title I school was the most amazing opportunity from God. My eyes were opened to more than I could have ever imagined. My tolerance and understanding grew an incredible amount. I met some amazing friends and learned from some of the most amazing students. Some of those wonderful students I still think about all the time. I was hired at Rummel Creek last year and again was given an amazing opportunity. What a different experience! This year I worked at the elementary school that two of my nephews attend. I worked with old friends and made many new ones. I worked at a place with parents just like me! I see these families out and about at the mall, grocery store... I loved working here and would not have traded this year for anything!
These past 6 years of "real" teaching have been wonderful. I am so thankful to God for giving me the ability to connect with kids. I love being their "hero" while they are at school. I love hearing their stories (some ridiculously funny ones!), picking their brains, finding out exactly what makes them tick... I will truly 100% miss teaching. I will miss the million hugs I get every day, the little hands that "massage" my back or play with my hair, the "I love you's"... I will honestly miss it all!
But I know it is time for me to begin the newest chapter of my life- being a mommy to Baby Jay. I am beyond thankful that God has blessed us with the opportunity for me to stay home. I am so thankful to Anthony for his hard work and commitment so that I may stay at home to raise our baby. This is going to be a WONDERFUL experience- not like any other.
So, today, I say goodbye to being a teacher- although I still know deep down that is what I really am!