Thursday, January 13, 2011

First Year Teacher

In May 2010 I graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Even though I was a brand new graduate in the field, I was by no means a newbie to the classroom.  I spent seven years as a teaching assistant in several grade levels.  Being an assistant gave me great experience, but it did not prepare me for my very first year teaching!  The first thing I had to do after graduation was find a job.  This was not easy!  I sent out resume after resume.  I called and emailed every school in my county and the surrounding counties, and I did a lot of praying.  My first interview was beyond horrible!  I was so embarrassed when I finished.  Even though I bombed my interview I kept my head up and kept trying.  In the beginning of August I finally got the call I was waiting for.  I got the interview that would land me my first teaching job!  I was so happy when I found out I would be teaching kindergarten!

I thought that as a first year teacher I would have a lot of support.  I was wrong.  I was actually an added class and therefore I had NO supplies when I arrived.  I had to put together a brand new classroom.  Without going into a lot of detail, let's just say that I had very little support and I felt like I was thrown to the lions!  I had no idea what I was doing or what was expected of  me!  After a few months I met the most wonderful woman who really helped me find my way.  If it wasn't for her I would still be lost! 

I have been teaching for five months now, and I will focus this blog on my struggles, realizations, funny, and heart warming moments.

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