Today marks a big change in my life. For two years I taught elementary kids, and before that, I taught preschool, and I loved every minute of it, but today I accepted a position teaching middle school students.
I didn’t plan on teaching middle school this year. I have been considering teaching middle school since 2007, but I had always planed on teaching elementary for a few more years, then eventually move into teaching middle school, and then maybe high school, but last week I got an email from a district I hadn’t even applied to. They wanted to know if I was interested in teaching at their district and if I was interested, they would send my things to the principals in the district. I went out on a limb and said that I was interested in elementary schools. The next day I got 3 phone calls wanting me to interview, one of them was a middle school.
I was kind of surprised that a middle school would be interested in me, since all of my experience was in preschool and elementary schools, but I decided to step out and go to the interview anyway. After the interview was over, I honestly didn’t feel like it had gone well at all. I answered all their questions to the best of my ability, but I could only answer the questions based on my experiences in teaching preschool and elementary students. When they called me today, I thought for sure they were just going to thank me for coming in and interviewing, but that they were going to go with someone else who had more experience, but they didn’t. They said they were going to recommend me to their human resources department and that they liked hiring teachers who have a background in elementary.
Just a few years ago, this kind of big change would cause me so much stress and anxiety. I was one of those people who hated change with a very strong passion, but in college God showed me that change is good. We may feel uncomfortable with it for a short time, but that’s only because He’s growing us and preparing us for something more, and while I do have to admit that I am a bit nervous about this upcoming school year, since I’ve never taught middle school before, but I know that this is where God wants me to be, and I’m super excited for this new adventure and to go on this journey. I’m also excited to see where God is going to lead me in this new phase of my life!