Sooo I figured I'd share a bit more about me. I told a bit about me in my 100th post.
I talk a lot about my experiences as a kindergarten teacher. So I figured I'd share a bit more about my life as a teacher. I decided when I was in the 6th grade that I wanted to be a teacher. I didn't decide on what level until probably high school (much to the chagrin of many teachers who wanted me to pursue a more lucrative field or at least go into math or science education).
When I decided to get my degree in Early Childhood Education my originally thought was to work in a company's on-site day care. I felt that this should have been a growing field by the time I graduated (notice it still isn't there yet). I felt that this was a benefit to the company, the employees, and even more important the children. I felt it was the best of both worlds... people (especially mothers) could work and their children would be right there, in the same building... how does this not make sense? Anyway... it never happened and by the time I graduated I was looking in a different direction.
My first pre-practicum experience was in a first grade classroom teaching math. I did enjoy this, but felt first grade was a bit structured for me. (which is funny since I'm a rather structured person). My second pre-practicum experience was in a half day kindergarten in a school that had pre-K, kindergarten and a few first grades... that's it... wow did I LOVE this school! I managed to get my student teaching placement at the same school. I split my time between a full day kindergarten and a half-day special needs pre-K.
While I was in college, living in Massachusetts at the time, Massachusetts passed a bill that said that teachers had 5 years from the time they graduated to acquire their master's degree. So what did I decide to do? I went straight into grad school, SUNY @ Buffalo here I come!, and got my degree in 1 year! (My parents were living in Rochester, NY at the time)
After I got my master's I applied to teach at public schools, but got little to no response. So, I decided to look into working at a day care for a year or two. I got a position teaching kindergarten at a day care, I actually designed the program for them. This was a great experience, but at the same time I did not like working at a day care for many different reasons.
I decided it was time for a change and began applying for teaching jobs back in Massachusetts. I was hired and taught at a school for 3 years. I loved the school, but has some minor issues with my principal, so I decided it was time to move on.
I decided to move to Florida, my brother had moved to the Orlando area the year before. I got a job teaching in Orlando in a low income school. This had its rewards and it's challenges. I loved the children and their love of learning, but it was heart wrenching listening to their stories and knowing that I couldn't help them all. At the same time, I had some MAJOR philosophy differences with my principal, things I would never give in on (such as recess and playtime in kindergarten... yeah sorry but 5 year olds need to play). So one more change I made.
I found a school that I was very happy at, and grew as a teacher and as a person there. I worked at this last school for 5 years, and would probably still be there if I didn't decide to stay home with Blake.
The big questions I get asked...
Do you miss teaching? yes and no... ask me in August and my answer is always yes... I miss meeting a new class, setting up my room, the excitement of a new year. Do I miss the paperwork, the headaches and hassles... no!
Will you go back to work at some time? Yes, Richard and I agreed that I would stay home until the youngest was in kindergarten and then I will go back to work
Will you go back to being a kindergarten teacher? Probably not. I was beginning to get burnt out on kindergarten... I had actually asked to switch to pre-K, but then the school didn't get enough funding and/or have the space for the pre-K class they talked about putting into the school. Then the next year I left so I'm not sure what I would have done if I'd gone back for another year
Will you go back into teaching at all? Not sure... I will do something in the field of education. I feel I have a lot to offer and will have even more after having been a Mom myself. I'm keeping my options open. Somethings that I have/had considered doing are: becoming a college professor, working in a hospital in their children's ward as an educational consultant for the children who have extended stays, teaching pre-K, and many more
Well.... I've rambled enough! Hope that gives you a picture of me