I'm back from an amazing weekend in Green Lake, Wisconsin with my roomie and friends (more on that later) and finally have some time to catch ya'll up on what I've been doing.
I spent the better part of the past two weeks helping out my dear friend, Carolyn. For those that don't know, she was my coworker last year when I taught ELL, and I did her maternity leave over the winter months. Carolyn knew she was going to have a busy summer soaking up the sun with her beautiful little boy, planning her early August wedding, and moving her classroom to a new school (again!). What she didn't plan on, though, was that she'd end up in the hospital on three separate occasions with mouth infections from dental work. Except for the week she was in Florida for her wedding, she spent the last month of her summer in the hospital or recovering at home.
Needless to say, Carolyn needed some help with her classroom, so I was called in for reinforcement. And when the doctors ordered her to the hospital for the third time, I was on my own. Her classroom was littered with roughly 100 boxes of her supplies and old curricula (the result of too many directors in too few years), and I was tasked with making sense of those items and preparing the room for the school year.
Carolyn is back at school today and already called to tell me how great the classroom looks. At the end of the day, I know I made a difference for her, my friend. And that matters to me more than anything.
For me, today marks the day I begin stalking the substitute website looking for jobs. I will continue to apply for full-time positions and maternity leaves as they pop up, but they are much more sporadic now that the year has begun. This year, I'm going to concentrate on building relationships at the schools where I'm working so I can, hopefully, get my foot in the door as opportunities arise.