It has been such a long time since I’ve looked at and thought about this blog. It actually makes me kind of sad to think that I had started writing so ambitiously and then gotten caught up in the day to day chaos that I didn’t take time to actually reflect on my progress. I’m so glad to have stumbled upon this again while cleaning up my Facebook profile. I was a little embarrassed that I still had it up as a website that people could access, but hadn’t written anything on it for quite a while.
A lot has happened to me since my last post so this will be a bit of a catch up post. I just finished my fourth year of teaching kindergarten in Hartford, Connecticut. Every year when it was time to think about what I would do next, I kept finding myself in the classroom. I had the privilege of being able to teach at a well known public charter school. There I learned a lot about teaching, working with others, and my leadership qualities. I spent my summers working. I know that sounds crazy. I was a CMA at the New York institute for two summers and those really highlighted for me skills that I was strong in and a ton of other things that I needed to work on.
Now I’m in the windy city as an MTLD! I remember thinking that program directors did a heck of a lot of work and I didn’t know if that would be something that I would want to do. However, as I continued teaching and working with new teachers at institute, I realized that this was an area that I wanted to explore some more. I’m fresh from a retreat that all the new MTLD’s had in Texas. I got to meet some awesome people, reflect on leadership qualities, and really start crafting a vision for my future corps members.
I slept an absurd amount today to build up my sleep reserve for the coming weeks. Although I’m missing my family terribly, I’m excited for what’s to come.