The past 10 days have been a whirlwind.
Last Friday I applied for a job at Daphne High School. I applied for a temporary English teaching position. When I saw the posting online, I decided to apply but hardly thought that I would get the job. Little did I know, I would get a call the following Tuesday for an interview.
I went to DHS on Tuesday afternoon for my interview and I thought that it went well. The principal was very positive throughout our meeting, but I still didn’t think that I was going to get a job. I didn’t even allow myself to think about the interview or the job possibility at all on Wednesday.
I received a call later in the week, and I was asked to take the position. Honestly, I could hardly believe what was happening. I was told that I would start on Monday. Yes, MONDAY... That meant that I had about four days to prepare to teach high school. I was no longer a substitute teacher. I had a REAL job!
Friday, I went to the school to meet the teacher that I would be replacing. She gave me everything she could to help me teach the rest of the semester. She had some great resources and I have no idea what I would have done without her help. I also met my students. I am excited to work with them and to instruct them.
I spent most of the day Saturday creating lesson plans for the next nine weeks. I planned what we were going to read, when we were going to have tests, and when we were going to write papers. I won’t claim that I have a complete nine week plan but the bare bones of this quarter are definitely in place now. I can say that I developed complete plans for next week at least.
Sunday afternoon I went back to the school to clean and to work on bulletin boards. When I say clean I mean that we really cleaned. My classroom is the old band room, and it is gi-normous! My mom, my neighbor and friend Ranita, and my friend Terri helped me with this huge task. We all worked for about three and a half hours. There is no way I could have done that on my own.
Now, I am trying to go to sleep, but I am just too jittery to go to bed. I am extremely excited about teaching in my very own classroom. I wonder if the students are going to behave well. I wonder if I am going to know what to say and when to say it. I hope that I am going to know how to use the projector when the time comes in the lesson. I hope that I can figure out the copy machine in the morning. See, I have so much going on in my head.
I cannot end this blog without saying that God truly blessed me with this job. Everything that I have done in the past month led up to this major event in my life. From joining a Life Group at church to working at the alternative school, every step has been important to the journey. God has shown me how He uses everything and every type of occasion to establish His plan in our lives. I am so thankful for His love and for His guidance! Please pray for me as I embark upon this new journey in my life.
I know that I will have many stories to tell in the near future. Stay tuned, it is going to be a great nine weeks!