May 18, 2011

A Vacation and a Job Offer

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It’s amazing what you’ll do when you’re job hunting… I just spent several days with my family at the beach for my cousin’s wedding, and had a last minute opportunity to visit a school. I drove four hours from the beach and back to spend the day at this school, and got offered the maternity leave position they were looking to fill. I believe I mentioned this job in my last post– well, I got it! I’ll be teaching World History, Economics, and managing the Yearbook for a couple of months this fall. I’m all over World History, but Economics is definitely going to stretch me. This is the text they’re using: 

Photo from here.

Any other suggestions? Has anyone read this book? The class also uses Freakonomics, and I’ve read that before.

I’m a little disappointed that it’s not a full-time position, but it’s my only option at this point. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled, but I’m also throwing myself headfirst into reading and preparing for these classes. Maybe it will lead to something greater! For now, I’ll begin selecting audiobooks for my hour-long commute 🙂


May 12, 2011

A New Challenge

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Now that I’ve spent over six years getting my Bachelors and Masters degrees in English, you’d think I’d be all set to teach English, right?

I mean, that’s what my resume says I’m qualified for… and yet, I may have an opportunity to do something very different next year. For some reason, there’s a school that is interested in me for a 9th grade position to teach Government, Economics, and World Religion.  My first thought is, are you crazy?! It says English on my label! I never took Govt. or Econ. and never really missed it either. However, English jobs are not raining from the sky at the moment, so how can I turn down a school that is interested in me?

And then I remembered my first teaching job, right after I graduated college (in ENGLISH). I got hired four days before my start date and was asked to teach a Social Studies class on Africa and the Middle East– with no textbook and no pre-planned curriculum. I was stunned and terrified and completely engaged, and it was the most challenging and fascinating job I’ve ever had. I think I called my mom almost every day after school to tell her what I had taught and what my students had to say about it.

Suffice it to say that together my students and I learned so much that year, and I loved (almost) every minute of it. So can I translate that hunger for knowledge into an interest in government and economics? I’m definitely interested in world religions, but politics and money? The fact is, it’s a foot in the door at a great school. Should I trust my own potential and go for it, or hold out for an English opportunity?

May 10, 2011

A little bit about me…

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I thought I’d say a little bit about myself and why I decided to start this blog. I’m currently finishing up my Master’s in Teaching English in NYC and searching for teaching jobs in North Carolina. I’m excited to be going back there because it feels a little like home. My husband and I both went to college in NC and his family is there, so it will be good to be on familiar stomping grounds. So we’ll be going from this:

personal photo

To this:

personal photo

Talk about culture shock! My grad school friends are mostly looking for teaching jobs in the city, so they can’t imagine what my life will be like. Many of them suggested I start a blog to record this adventure, so I hope to be using this space to share teaching stories and resources, my photography, and life as a small town preacher’s wife. I hope y’all will feel free to make this a dialogue rather than a monologue!

May 9, 2011

“If I have a care in the world, I have a gift to bring”

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Well, this is officially my entrance into the blogging world… let’s see how it goes! Right now I’m choosing not to post my real name here, so I’ll just explain my username. This comes from one of my favorite Indigo Girls’ songs, the lyrics of which go like this: “My life is part of a global life. I find myself becoming more immobile when I think a little girl in the world can do anything. My destination- my community, street person- my responsibility… If I have a care in the world, I have a gift to bring”
-Indigo Girls

I’m here to chronicle my new life as a teacher, photographer, and preacher’s wife. This summer I’ll be moving from New York City to a small town in North Carolina, and I hope this blog will help me process the journey and enjoy the ride. For now, I’ll leave you with one more quote from another favorite artist: “And I don’t know how it gets better than this, you take my hand and drag me head first, fearless. And I don’t know why but with you I’d dance in a storm in my best dress, fearless.”
-Taylor Swift

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