Be Careful What You Wish For

It’s been a long time since I blogged. It was a crazy summer, and for the better part of a month I checked out of the online world and it was good to have a break. I missed blogging and twitter, but the family time I had was so precious and so important to feel grounded and connected to those I love.

I have much to write about, but most of it will have to wait. It will come as I find time to write. But tonight I just have to say…be careful what you wish for. I just got my wish and it is over-whelming in the most amazing way. I now have a full-time teaching contract for the first time in 13 years!

I have two wonderful teenage boys, and when I was on maternity leave I asked my district for a part-time leave. I loved my job, but I wanted some time to be available for my children. I was told NO…I was told I had to work full-time or resign the portion of my job I didn’t want to work. Without hesitation I resigned two days of my position. I would do it again in a heartbeat…my children are that important to me, but I paid a price for wanting to be with my children back in 1999. I had hoped to go back to work full-time when my youngest boy went into grade 1, but there wasn’t the opportunity. For years I saw younger, less-experienced teachers come into my school on temporary contracts…contracts I was not allowed to apply for. That was very hurtful. My experience apparently was a hinderance in gaining full-time employment.

Last week, for the first time in 13 years, a continuing contract came available at my school. I applied…and held my breath, as I had been disappointed for so many years. Thankfully I have administrator who believes in me, and I am now a full-time teacher again!

I am so excited to finally be back in a class I can call my very own…with students to call my own. Sharing is great, but there is nothing like the feeling of having your very own classroom. It will be challenging. It may be frustrating. It will definitely be rewarding. And I look forward to the new adventure!