I've also worked at the school since September 2011, when I came back to California. It helped me get back on my feet, it helped me recovery, and I regained my love of teaching. I lost it when I lost myself for awhile.
I won't be going back as an aide. How could I? I wouldn't get enough hours or pay. Instead, I'm continuing to substitute teach there and anywhere in the district, day to day for less pay. Already though, I was working just as much as a regular teacher and getting HALF the pay!
Additionally, I started applying to sub in other districts. I'm also applying for "real" jobs.
What else will I be doing?
- Taking classes again. One a month since I can't student teach till April anyways.
- Go on vacation. Asheville here I come!
- Taking more trips. Not that I don't do that now.
- Watch "Breaking Bad" or "Walking Dead" finally.
- Read books.
There will be a party. There will be some crying on my end.
It's not fair. I was the standout student in college yet I'm the one who hasn't found a job yet. Granted, I struggled with my own issues and didn't want to move to the middle of nowhere for work. Instead, I put my foot in the door in a ritzy district and have moved up, even getting interviews for jobs I wasn't quite qualified for.
But if I've learned anything, I've learned to work in and manage classrooms with students with mild/moderate disabilities or as some say, the naughty kids.
I've worked with college prep students, preschoolers with disabilities, and high school students with challenges. I've worked at an urban and a rural high school and now a suburban, upper-middle class high school.
Yes, the going is slow but it's going. This is the time that I start to think:
...because even though I'd love to sub all year (like my co-worker), I'll be open to other opportunities.