The Next Chapter… Figuratively
Yesterday I got the formal acceptance package from Teach Tennessee in my mailbox.
I had been waiting for it anxiously ever since my phone call from the Director of the program letting me know I was in, and I have C as witness that I did a happy dance when I pulled it out of the box and saw what it was.
Then I started reading it, and my excitement at being a part of this really cool program has been tempered somewhat by realizing what I have to do this summer: two separate weeks of the Institute (one over the 4th of July), with programming that goes from 8:30-5:30 every day covering everything from Standards to Classroom Management and then involves intensive homework. First week in Nashville, second week in Knoxville. I have homework before the Institute even begins, in the form of a book written by a former participant in Teach For America (the program on which this program is modeled), which I am to read and absorb before attending Week 1.
And all this before I even have a job!
The bright side is that C gets to come with me to Week 1… he’s going to play in Nashville while I’m in class because it happens to be one of the weeks we get Block Leave. Can anyone say Honeymoon (finally)? Yeah, it’s a working Honeymoon, but it’s better than nothing! You can bet that I will be booking a hotel with a pool ^_^
I’m a little nervous about all this just because it’s a fairly large financial commitment without any guarantee that I will get a job at the other end. C reminded me that even so, it’s still less expensive than going back to Grad school right now, and that’s true. I know I can always continue to Sub if I don’t find a classroom position right away, but I really have my heart set on being in my own classroom come August. I’m focusing on taking deep breaths and reminding myself to be patient; to remember that the job postings I’m seeing now (or lack thereof) are nothing compared to the flurry of hiring that happens right before school starts. My job at this moment is to put together the best package I can and then send it to EVERYONE.
I will be a teacher.