August 12, 2014

News! News! News!

After officially hearing from HR today, I can finally announce that I have accepted a long-term substitute position for the first quarter of the year.

It felt SO good to send in my resignation letter to my school district to let them know I would not be returning. A part of me is sad that I won't get to see my kiddos again, but I couldn't pass up an opportunity to be a classroom teacher, even if it's not for the whole year.

I'll be teaching 7th grade world history and honors world history, which is probably my weakest area of endorsement. Luckily, after talking to the teacher I'm covering for, I learned that first quarter is a lot of basic information (map and timeline review, how to study history, primary vs. secondary sources), which I've already taught. As for actual world history, it looks like I will only have to cover the early man before she returns. I was also really glad to hear that she basically has the whole first quarter mapped out, so I don't have to do a ton of planning. Yay! 

We're meeting tomorrow to go through the curriculum and so I can see the classroom I will call home for the first part of this year. She assured me that it's already all set up from last year (thankfully, this district doesn't require them to pack everything away for the summer), so that's a huge weight off my shoulders as well.

Because I have to report for my first day this Thursday, which was a bit of an adjustment for me since I haven't been planning to return so early. Students come back Monday, which means next week will be seriously long... a full week on the first week?! Yikes!

I'm nervous but excited about this opportunity. I always hate being the new girl, but I am embracing this as a learning opportunity and a chance to make connections with new administrators (who will hopefully help me find more work when this leave ends).

Of course, this means my job search will continue, which is pretty much my normal. If necessary, I can become a day-to-day substitute again once this leave ends, but I'm really hoping I'll find something full-time. 

Until then... it's goodbye summer! 


  1. How exciting! Congratulations and best wishes!


  2. Congratulations! This sounds like a wonderful opportunity. The more I teach ELA, the more I want to teach history. Best wishes for you job search. I'm sure this temporary position will help you find the perfect place.

  3. Congratulations!!! :) :) :) Good luck with everything.
    ~Amanda from His and Her Hobbies

  4. Yay! It's official. Congratulations. I always thought if I had to teach a core subject it would be social studies. Sending good vibes your way that you have a smooth start of school.

  5. So glad it's finally official. I'm so excited for you and this wonderful opportunity. You are going to knock the socks off of those kids, other teachers and administrators. XOX Good luck and I love you!

  6. And so it begins....back to work! I've been going in for only half days and I'm exhausted!
    I'm so excited for this position you're taking and can't wait to catch up next week! :-)

  7. Ahhhhhhh! That is GREAT news!!!! I'm so excited for you and I know that you are going to knock their socks off..maybe even knock their pants off so there can be more babies on the way! Was that inappropriate? #sorrynotsorry...I'm just too excited!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  8. Congratulations! Everything sounds all set up and ready to go! Have a great first week!