I am back. It has been such a long time since I posted or even reflected about my year. To catch myself up to date and to remind myself of this journey, I’m going to write down my timeline from my last post in August 2015.
Sept 2015 – I got a placement at Hacienda La Puente Unified. Lissa Hokoda (SDC 3-5) and Patty Skaggs (SDC K-2). These were my two placements, learned so much but nothing like what my first year teaching has taught me.
Dec 2015 – I got my credential! I finished my credential program but was finishing up my Masters (spring semester).
Jan 2016 – Mesa Robles had a RSP/SDC position opened. I taught K-8 from January to May. Those were the longest 5 months ever. I learned so much but it was so hard balancing school, work, IEPs, and wedding planning. Jon and I were still long distance and I thought I wouldn’t survive this season of life.
May 2016 – Graduated Biola with credential and Masters in Teaching. I walked a week before my wedding.
June 4th 2016 – Got married! And eventually moved up to Norcal.
Aug 2016 – I started my first year teaching.
I had a SDC 3rd/ 4th combo class and man this year was tough! I was thrown in and it was so different from student teaching. There were tons of tears and doubts. S’s mom would email me mean emails late at night and said I wasn’t doing my job right. She said I was rude to her son and that he can’t be told to apologize.
Despite a rough start, I can look back now (as I am sitting at home for summer break) and say that even though it was tough, it really gave me a great perspective of what teaching is like. Everything was new, and yes, that was very hard to handle because I did not know what the next steps are. I had no way to expect the upcoming events. I literally tried to stay afloat as events, IEPs, situations, behaviors, and curriculum came along. This year has pushed me so hard, and I never worked so hard before (maybe when I did long term teaching at Mesa – according to Jon). I am anxious about this upcoming year. I don’t know if I can do this all again, the fully cycle of Aug-June. It was so draining and tiring.
God give me the strength to become a better teacher this year. Don’t let me to slack off or give up. Give me the strength, patience, love, and care to pour into my upcoming class! Let’s do this 2017-2018!