Monday, June 10, 2013

My crazy life just got a little crazier...

For those of you who have kept up with my blog for more than a day, you probably already know what a challenging school year this has been for me. I've had a really difficult group of kids who have made me go crazy on them, but have also made me love my job even more.

As challenging of a year as this was for me, it was also the most REWARDING year i've ever had. Not only did I feel as though my kids ACTUALLY learned something, but the most important thing that happened this year was making a difference.

Every teacher wants that "aha" moment with a child where they automatically love learning and you realize that you made this huge impact in a child's life. And trust me, working in a Title 1 district, you have students like that every year that you hope to reach. And sadly, 99.9% of the time, you don't reach them.

Well, that all changed this year. I want to cry just writing this because of how PROUD I am of one of my students! Not only did he change his life around this year and make good decisions, he stayed out of trouble, and for the first time in his life, HE PASSED THE STANDARDIZED TEST!!!!!!!!! The second to last day of school, we asked our little darling what made him change his life around this year... his answer? THE TEACHERS. It was literally the proudest moment i've ever had!!!!!!

I then received this on the last day of school:

Ignore the grammatical errors... But for a child who "doesn't say much," this spoke millions!

Which leaves me to my big news...

I have decided to leave the classroom.

Okay, not EXXXACTLY leave the classroom. A few weeks ago I was approached by my Assistant Principal who was recently promoted to principal at the nearby elementary school (the one that feeds into my intermediate school.) He informed me that he had a skills specialist position available and thought I would be perfect for the job! No interview, more money, and a better chance to help the babies entering intermediate school. So, after deliberating and sitting on it for a day or two (and talking it over with the hubs), I officially accepted the position!

As of August, I will no longer have my own classroom. I will be in working with 3rd and 4th grade students in Reading and Writing! I will be doing pull out, small group intervention, modeling lessons in classes, helping new teachers, leading collaborative planning meetings and creating lessons and activities for teachers. It's a huge step up from classroom teacher, as it's a leadership position in my district.

Prayers needed for all these knew changes in the Cavallaro household... New house... New baby... New job... What's next? Taking over the world?


  1. Wow! What a fantastic opportunity! Sounds like something right up your alley - wish you all the best!!

  2. woah, that is so exciting!!!!!!! good luck with the position!

  3. This is SO awesome love! This will be such a great step forward for you and your little family:) Wishing you the best of luck!

  4. That is so awesome!! Congrats on all the "new's" in your life :)

  5. congrats on the new job :) Its a huge compliment to be approached by the VP! Great job! So many feels on reading that letter from your student. To sweet.

  6. I'm so glad that you had such a rewarding year! No doubt that played a huge role in this new opportunity! Congrats! When I saw your post on FB I thought you were leaving the teaching world and it made me soooooo sad! You are a great teacher and students need the light you provide! I'm so glad you're still in education; the students need you!

  7. Oh my gosh!! That's so exciting love! We NEED to get together and celebrate this weekend okay?

  8. Congrats on the job!! we were just talking about job changes earlier, weren't we?! I'm still at the middle school for another year and I'm ok with that...but JUST 1 more year!! so excited for you thou!! and love the letter from your student!! it's the little things that make you feel 100 times better about teaching!!

  9. Aww congratulations!! That sounds like such a great opportunity for you!! :)

  10. HOLY GEEZO!! That is AWESOME!!! :) Congratulations! I'm soo happy for you. That is so awesome that you were thought of for that position and an interview wasn't even needed. He just KNOWS you are the perfect fit for it. You have so many positive things going on for your family right now!!!!

  11. What an amazing new challenge! I will never forget my 2nd grade teacher, who is actually still my mentor to this day.. She taught me how to love and forgive. It's amazing what an impact that teachers can have on young children and how important it is to them. Congrats!