Well, here we are! August. Fall around the corner. School is back, and so am I. Time for an UPDATE!It’s been a few months since I’ve written. I wish I could say I had a massive exciting project going on, was traveling the world over, or have a new exciting job in the works, but none of that is the case. But things have been seriously brewing (pun intended)!
While I planned to blog and take pictures, write and recuperate from the last school year, I put it off, blamed the insufferable humidity, and worked almost full time at a brewery to make some extra cash. Fun. Stuff. (It actually was though!)
In retrospect though, I can say with confidence and contentment, I did have a purposeful summer, which I have not always been able to say. The summer of 2017 was one of lazily doing nothing: HIMYM season marathons, swimming, a quick trip to Ireland (ok, semi-productive), and a lot of sleeping. It was a restful but boring summer. This time around, I had the brewery job, kept up more with friends and family, took excursions from time to time around home base, and worked on not taking life so seriously as I have.
Which brings us to the BIG UPDATE!
If you’ve been around Off King Street since at least April, or it’s induction in January, you know I’m a high school English teacher by trade. I’ve loved my job the last four years, and its been very rewarding most days. But towards the end of last school year, my enthusiasm dried up almost over night in the process of planning the school prom, and I began my journey wondering what life would be like not centered around a school year calendar.
In June, I admitted to my closest colleagues I was job searching outside the field of education. My students saw how unhappy I was becoming (to my sorrow, but it was unavoidable). I showed up as close to the bell as I could, and left the second the day ended. Not somthing I’m proud of, but it was survival mode at that point. I was at the end of the professional honeymoon phase and wanted out desperately. To compound my growing unhappiness, I found out I was assigned to teach the class I always swore I would quit my job over. The last day of school, I was ready to submit my resignation with no job offer to fall back on elsewhere.
Over the course of the summer, I found out my teaching schedule for this upcoming school year had been revised to teaching my favorite course, and all the sections the school offered. It was huge relief after the crisis of the previous year, and I was immensely grateful. So I’m back for another year, and I am genuinely looking forward to another 10 months helping my new students grow and mature as writers and human beings.
But if I was a gambler (in a very strange world), I’d put my money on this being my last year as a teacher.
I makes me sad saying it. I was so bright-eyed when I cam to my school as an intern. Life was beautiful, the lessons flowed beautifully. Aside from my devastating first year classes walking all. over. me., I’ve been very happy teaching the next generation, inspiring, caring, mentoring, instructing them.
But even in the content reflection of my students’ personal and academic growth, and my own personal and professional achievements, I think I am ready to start looking for a new field to explore and grow in, and learn to make equally meaningful differences, wherever my next job will be.
It just won’t be in a classroom.
It’s a nice situation to be in though! I have 10 months to decide and apply for what I want to do, and technically 12 months I’m on my paid teaching salary if you include the summer. It’ll all run out next August, so I’d better have an solid, predictable plan by May 2019, and a salaried job by July. But it’s enough time to figure the logistics. I just need to GET GOING!
So, the blogging will hopefully be kept up. The photography is not going away. My students will always be my first priority from 8-5, M-F. But outside the school building, I’ll be dreaming and planning and studying and exploring.
I hope you’ll stick around to see where the fun takes us, if only for the entertainment. And that’s allowed!
See you out there!