Do you think that things in life happen for a reason?
If ever I didn’t believe in that principle, I do now.
I remember when I started this blog last year. Last October, in fact.
I lamented leaving my free Blogger website in favor of a paid WordPress website.
I’m still not sure if I like WordPress better than Blogger, but I am glad I made that move.
I’m glad I spent the year writing, photographing and doing art. I also spent some time developing my spirituality.
Who knew that it would become so integral to my teaching?
Things Happen For a Reason…
This last week, the school where I work (Rainbow Community School) approached me to start blogging regularly for them. On their WordPress site.
And for school events? I’m supposed to photograph and put the photos on the school’s blog.
I teach Spanish to some amazing kids at an amazing school that has as its mission to teach spirituality and sustainability to children – to effectively develop the whole child.
Never – in my wildest dreams – did I think that by jumping off a cliff last year would lead me back into classroom teaching, and invariably blogging for the school where I work. I have found my dream job.
One Thing Led to Another
I can’t help but think about that. I mean I left public school teaching last year, thinking I’d be some sort of Language Coordinator for the nearby community college. (No, I never wanted to leave teaching completely.) But, due to budgeting constraints, the community college lost funding for the position. I decided to try writing full-time and tackle things like the Pictorialization Project.
It was fun.
Until it was lonely.
And it takes a long while to really make a go at it.
But, I found my new teaching job in January.
It was part time.
Then, at the end of the last school year, the director encouraged me to finish my master’s.
I don’t back down from challenges very easily.
Since I was working part time, I figured, well, why not go back to school?
I never wanted to leave writing, art or photography all-together, either.
And now, somehow…it’s all coming together for me: finish my master’s, blog, teach, do art/photography….
I keep pinching myself.
Is this for real? Or am I dreaming?
What Makes It My Dream Job?
Let me tell you. It’s not about the money. At least where I live, you make less working at a private school than you would at public school.
But, the fact that I can “center myself” before every class and teach kids who are eager to learn is simply incredible.
Public schools are good, good places. I taught in them for 6 years. They’re just not for me.
But I have so many reasons to be content:
- I don’t have to test kids for hours and hours on end five times per year. Yet, I know they learn – quite well.
- I have a say in how I conduct my classes.
- I feel valued and appreciated as a professional. Because I have expertise in my field, I can call the shots about what or even how I teach.
- I am part of an amazing spiritual community that places a high value on the perspectives from peoples of all cultures. We openly talk about Ramadan, Hanukkah, Christmas, May Day, the Solstice, Earth Day, Peace Day and whatever other day people care to talk about.
- We use Dynamic Governance in all of our meetings as a staff or as a school.
- We start our staff meetings with a centering process by lighting a candle and by ringing a Tibetan bowl, then checking in with staff members.
- All the skills I have can be applied to my teaching: I’ve already given the school one of my paintings, I became their blogger, and my love for the environment allows me to pursue projects and grants related to that. Because I spend so much time typing, I’m fast – and now I’m secretary of our staff meetings.
- I work with like-minded people.
- Politics and back-stabbing are taboo. Support and charisma are the order of the day.
- If I’m not teaching, I’m not required to be on campus. I can work from home, a coffee shop, the park, wherever. I can’t even begin to tell you how much that helps me, my creativity and effectively helps me be a better teacher.
Can you imagine what this nation, other nations, or even the world would be like if schools everywhere made it this enjoyable to teach? Can you even begin to understand the happiness and contentment I feel from my students each and every day?
My only wish is that all children could experience the love and progressive thinking that this school offers. It’s a good thing I blog for them: I could write their commercial. But really, I am blown away by the students and teachers alike. I can’t believe I found this place!