Teaching and learning have always been a passion of mine. It was instilled in me as a child as my mom was also a teacher and daycare owner, and my dad could talk for days about anything; he loves sharing his wisdom. I could not have been blessed with better parents, as they set me up for success and are my biggest role models, teachers, and influences in life.
I decided to make a career change in October of 2016. I was a retail training manager commuting into Houston at least 5 days a week. I was working 10-hour days, and on the road for 2.5 hours, which made for a long day altogether. I also worked just about every Sunday for a year. Retail jobs are not your typical M-F 8-5 job. I was perfectly happy with my career at first, as I had not settled down into my own family, nor did I have children. Daniel and I had been together for 5 years at that time, and I felt that becoming our own family was soon. I have always wanted to be a mom and staying home with them would be a bonus. However, I am a “back up plan” kind of person and wanted to have a career set up that would work with my family should I need to work. Becoming a teacher was the most logical choice for me as it is something I already love to do, and it has the “family type” schedule change I am looking for. It’s a good thing I had already started pursuing my new career, as I was laid off from my job February 10th, 2017. On top of that, we found out we were expecting our precious girl 2 weeks later. Instead of starting my new career in teaching the 2017 school year, I decided to push it back for a couple of reasons: I didn’t want to go on maternity leave in the beginning of my first year as a teacher, and I wanted to stay home with my baby without the pressure of returning to work quickly. I worked part time at a chiropractic clinic until I gave birth in October, then I started substitute teaching the following spring to figure out which grade levels I really enjoyed working with to prepare myself when it was time to start applying for the new school year.
I am happy to say that I was offered a position in second grade, and I am so excited to begin my first year! I hope you follow along with me as I share with you my first year being a teacher.