The search is over! I will be working as a 6th grade homeroom teacher at American Leadership Academy. Mine will be the Mesa campus. ALA has two campuses in the Valley, but they are opening three new schools. I'm so excited that I will be in a classroom with my own students AND a brand new fresh start for everyone. I can't wait to see what my classroom looks like!
After all this time, after all this worry and frustration, I really don't have much to say. I have a job, I'm excited about the pay and benefits, and I REALLY liked the principal I will be working under. Now it's just a matter of getting started. I have training the first couple weeks of July, I'll have a week off, then I'll head in for in-service training and setting up my classroom. My first day of school is July 30.
I really liked that my principal asked me to take some time to relax and enjoy myself between now and the start of school. She wants me to read the book "The Leader in Me" by Stephen Covey and become familiar with the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by the same author because the school is based on those principles. Other than that, she recognizes that I am teaching summer school and tutoring, so I won't have much of a break. She wants me "ready to hit the ground running" when school starts, so she said not to worry a whole lot about preparing for the school year. There will be plenty of time for that in the various training sessions.
So... it's time to have some fun with teaching again. I don't have to worry about where I will be working or if I will be making enough money or even if we will be able to afford medications. We will have health insurance on October 1 (great birthday present to me) and my first full-time paycheck in the middle of August. Life is looking pretty good today!