The summer of 2010 was a big year for me. I hope you are ready to hear all about it :)
So I have to start out with a little back story...I graduated college in May of 2009 and by the grace of God managed to land a teaching job in Illinois. I was hired to teach fourth grade a week before the first day of school. In the middle of the school year, my school district announced that all non-tenured teachers would be 'laid-off' and only those with more than three years of teaching experience could interview to try and get a position back. What?!?! Alright then. So I started job searching. And guess what I found? Nothing. Yep - there were NO teaching jobs open within a 100 mile radius of where I lived. So I did the logical thing and expanded my search - country wide. I came across a district in Tennessee with lots of openings and applied. I was asked to come down for a job fair and was offered a first grade position on the spot. Yay!!
So that brings me to the summer of 2010. I cleaned out my classroom, packed up everything from my parent's house and started the journey to Tennessee with my boyfriend (who is now my husband). Tim drove the 12-foot moving truck with his pick-up on a trailer behind it while I followed. The 8 hour trip took us 11 hours - ugh! But we finally got to our new apartment. We moved the mattress in and Tim went to sleep while I managed to unpack everything else (except the furniture). I was just too excited not to!
|We had to store my school stuff behind the couch because I couldn't get into my classroom yet :)|
A few weeks later I was able to get into my classroom. I replaced a teacher who had been there for over 15 years and she had left me quite a bit of materials. It was overwhelming to try to go through everything and get the room organized to the way I wanted it but it was exciting at the same time.
What were you doing five years ago?