I've got a job for next school year! I am so super excited. What a relief this one bit of news is.
I will be working in the same district I am now, but at a different school. It's a bit farther away, but the drive really won't be too bad, and in the Phoenix area it's pretty common to have a 30 minute commute. Since I'll be going to work earlier in the morning the drive really shouldn't be too bad.
The position won't be much of a stretch from what I did this year. I am moving up to 6th and 7th grade social studies and adding language arts for the same age group. The school is even going to pay for my test to become highly qualified in middle grades social studies. I already have that endorsement for language arts, so I will be adding to my resume. I really can't turn that down, especially since someone else will be paying the expense!
Another really great part of all this is that I should be teaching summer school as well. This will give me an excellent opportunity to get to know some of the students, the teachers, and the school in general before starting the school year in full force. This is a great way to get my feet wet in my new surroundings and to plan my classroom design. School ends this Friday and I will have a week off before starting summer school. I really can't wait.
Life has been a roller coaster for our family in the past few months. This really feels like a new beginning. It was devastating to find out I won't be staying on at my old school, but I'm actually thrilled with this news. I get to try something new with the grade levels, and I get to fulfill my dream of teaching both social studies and language arts. I really couldn't have asked for more.