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.