New Beginnings

Education follows a predictable pattern, ever moving forwards to the next landmark in the school year.  For me this year it means I am moving on to a new position, having decided that after four years of learning beyond the classroom, it’s time to return and put my learning into practice. The hard part is the not knowing.  Currently, I don’t know what school in my district, what subject area or grade. It is both unnerving and exciting.Deb's a travellin' girl

The interesting thing I find about this entire process is the very mixed responses I get from people when I tell them my plans. They range from: “Who gets your job?” to “Oh I’m sorry to hear that!” Rarely do I hear “Well done you…we need teachers like you in our system!”  It makes me wonder, why so many people involved in the education of children and young adults strive to leave the classroom and returning to one is perceived as a step backwards?

I entered teaching after working in business for ten years. I chose to be a teacher because I like kids, I’m a creative person and learning excites me…it’s fun.  I have worked as a teacher in schools teaching from Kindergarten to grade 12 and have learned something new with every new experience. My work as an adult educator has taught me more and the learning I have had the priviledge to be part of has been outstanding. I can’t wait to work in a school, with kids again. I will miss the different experiences I have had in this role but I am sure equally  wonderful experiences await me in my next chapter of learning.


6 Responses

  1. Good for you! We need teachers like you in ALL our systems! 🙂
    Seriously, it’s something that I do think we need more of, and something I’ve been considering myself. Will be interested in your thoughts following your transition.

    • Thanks Colin, it’s both scary and exciting. Kind of like being a new teacher except with tons of interesting experience. I’ve never stopped missing the classroom and even though I have really enjoyed what I am doing, I know it’s time for a change for the good 🙂 I’m also looking to try something totally new so it truly is a new beginning!

  2. Yay – so happy about your new beginning – the learning and energy you will be bringing to your new classroom will be incredible, challenging and enjoyable. Well done 🙂

  3. Hi Deb,

    New beginnings. Terrific. Had one myself this year. Can’t remember a year that has gone faster. You’ll love the change!


  4. I am delighted to see such a talented person going into the classroom. I will look forward to reading more about it here.

  5. Hey Deb, if you can have 1/2 as much fun as Kent has had, you’ll be in good shape. I had the chance to drop into his school a while back and it’s amazing what he’s doing with kids and teachers. You’ll do the same!

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