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Ronald Reagan QuoteTurning off the light and letting the door close behind me on Friday afternoon was bittersweet because it was the last time I was walking out of my 8th grade classroom. Yep! I have officially left my position teaching 8th grade language arts. I will no longer  teach grammar, writing, or inspire students to read Poe. That is the bitter part. Even though I have decided to leave the classroom, I will remain at Holy Ghost Catholic School. That is the sweet part.

Instead of teaching children, I will now be supporting the educators who are teaching the children. My official title is Instructional Coach. My focus will be on grades 4th-8th; however, I will also work some with 3rd grade because of standardized testing. I have also been assigned some other duties outside of coaching. It’s exciting, and a little bit scary, but mostly exciting.

Making this change not only impacts my work life, but it also impacts my personal life. Teaching is all-consuming. There never seems to be enough time or energy to explore other avenues. Therefore, I’m looking at this change as a positive opportunity. There are other avenues that I want to explore, interests that I want to re-energize (theme for 2018), and projects that I want to complete. And, there is also my health that I need to seriously address.

Change is good, dear reader. Change means growth which is something we should all want in our lives from time to time. Change helps us to not be stagnant or lax. This weekend, as we honor those men and women who died serving in our United States military, voice some gratitude that their sacrifice allows us the ability to make change. Happiness!

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” ~ C. JoyBell C.

 

 

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