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?