Over the weekend I disconnected from the virtual world in favor of spending time in the real world (with the exception of Instagram on my phone). I go through periods every now and then where I love my computer – Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter, writing blog posts, sorting through old pictures, reading blogs – and then I go through periods where the last thing I want to do is open my computer. Not surprisingly, these periods come and go in relation to the amount of work that I have on my plate.
Refill your glass and fill your plate, because I’ve got a rather lengthy ramble to share today…
The principal at the school I used to teach at suggested that I meet with a few principals in the county to hear about their experiences teaching in an elementary school, as well as pursuing a master’s degree. I couldn’t have agreed more so I immediately reached out to a handful of principals. I had my first meeting a couple of weeks ago and walked out of the school feeling even more confident about my plans. Last Thursday I had my second meeting…
Every Halloween, the school has a tradition of parading around the track to show off their Halloween costumes so when the principal met me in the front office dressed in his pirate garb (talking parrot included) – it was hilarious! Our conversation began with him telling me about the school community, his experiences as a classroom teacher, and what he looks for in a teacher when he’s hiring. He then asked me to discuss my background and future plans of becoming an elementary school teacher.
I went through everything from elementary school through high school. Considering that I’m 24-years-old, I typically wouldn’t talk about grade school, but since I attended schools in the county I thought it was relevant information. I continued to discuss my passion for sports and how I thought that I wanted to play in college but knew that I also wanted to do other things so I chose a D3 school. I explained that my first year of college wasn’t what I had hoped for (plus you cannot major in education in the state of Virginia) so I transferred to Boston University and loved the 3 years that I spent there.
Following graduation, I subbed for the remainder of the school year before accepting a teaching position as a 7th grade autism teacher. I was thrilled to have the opportunity but it was undoubtedly a tough year, which ultimately made me question my career, my goals, and my passions.
Fast forward to today since I’ve already shared my decision to switch careers (twice) to find my right fit… I finished my background story by sharing with him that I’m currently subbing, working a part-time event planning job, studying for my VA special ed and elementary ed teaching licenses, studying for the GRE, and applying to graduate schools.
Once I finished talking the first word out of his mouth was “WOW!” which made me immediately start to regret sharing so much with him. But then he continued…
I don’t know how you juggle so many things at once. But from the sounds of it, you’ve successfully done it for years. Your background is so diverse and rich, exactly what I look for when I’m hiring teachers. I think it’s great that some people go to college knowing that they want to teach and immediately start after graduating, but I also appreciate those who take the time to explore. Whether it’s traveling the world or exploring other opportunities, a life full of experiences is a rich life. Experiences teach you about yourself and let you learn what you truly want.
You have a full plate, your plans are ambitious, but I think that you’re capable of doing whatever you decide – no one path is right for everyone. Just one thing, be sure to make time for yourself and your husband – you’ll need it whether you’re tackling your first year teaching in a general education classroom and/or if you’re in grad school.
This guy knew me for all of 30 minutes but I felt like he knew me for much longer. I didn’t walk into the meeting with any intentions of receiving a job offer, but I was hoping that he would have some advice and insight for me and he definitely did.
I’ve always struggled finding a balance between pushing myself to do as much as possible and relaxing. For as long as I can remember I’ve had a full plate – something that I don’t mind, but leaves little room for “me” time. Growing up I played on multiple year-round sports teams. I started working in middle school and continued working every summer (and college winter breaks) since. Throughout college I was in the residence housing association, joined a sorority, and was part of a service fraternity. And since graduating, I’ve been working full-time jobs.
Thankfully, Ryan has helped me to realize over the years that I don’t need to have everything figured out all of the time, not everything can be or will be perfect, and having a day of relaxation doesn’t equal laziness. I’ll never forget the first time we met with the reverend (also a good family friend who knew me since I was only a few months old) and she asked us to describe our relationship. Without hesitation Ryan blurted out “Allison speeds me up and I slow her down.” He was exactly right and it’s something that makes our relationship stay balanced.
Right now I’m taking it day by day, studying and outlining grad school apps, plus working two part-time jobs. Some days I am perfectly content with my current life and other days I feel anxious. It’s different staying home and not sitting at a desk working on a specific task for someone else. I still have no idea what I’ll decide to do next year, but I don’t doubt that I’ll have a full plate.
Question: Do you tend to have a full plate?
Question: Speaking of plates… I’ve had a big craving for roasted chicken so I wanna roast my first whole chicken but I don’t know how to do it. Do you have any tips or tricks? Leave a link to your favorite recipe! I roast our Thanksgiving turkey every year so I’d imagine that it’s similar?