menu   Home About Me WonderWell  

Back at Home...Again!

Well, I finally did it...and here I am!  I have been wanting to share my journey as a kindergarten teacher for the past three years...but just couldn't seem to find the time outside of graduate school and work!  I'm sure you can relate.

I taught kindergarten in Spring Branch ISD (Houston, Texas) for three years and truly had some of the best times of my life.  I got involved with the EdTech team and piloted interactive whiteboard technology for the district's kindergarten program...and discovered a new passion:  teaching primary teachers how to use technology in the classroom.  And, to make a long story short, in the fall of 2010 I was presenting at the district's annual Early Childhood Conference and a teacher raised her hand and said, "You know, you ought to pursue love this.  You are in your element.  Have you thought about graduate school?"  And to be quite honest, I had given it some thought here and there, but didn't really see myself going back to school for a while.  That afternoon, I went home and did some research...

Fast Forward to the Spring of 2011:

I found out I was accepted to the Instructional Technology (now called Learning Technologies) graduate program at the University of Texas in Austin...I was elated! meant that I would have to leave the classroom.  Was I ready?  Would I teach in Austin?  What would this "new life" look like?  Well, I told my principal about my new plans, got a new dog (one of my kindergarteners rescued!) found a house in Austin, and moved two weeks, as you can see, change, change, and more change!  Again, in between unpacking boxes and going to new student orientations, I would stop and wonder, "What was I thinking?!"

One of my graduate advisors encouraged me to submit my resume to the College of Education EC-6 program because they were needing supervisors for several cohorts that fall.  I interviewed and started supervising elementary student teachers in September...and wow!  This was clearly a change from teaching kindergarten!  I had one student teacher who was placed in a kindergarten classroom and I loved going to see her!  It felt like home to me...

Although I loved working with my student teachers, I missed being in the classroom more than anything and I knew I had to get back in the classroom...the kindergarten!  And to make another long, long, long story short, I accepted an offer this summer from Eanes ISD...and here I am...back at kindergarten...and in a FABULOUS district!

I am in the process of completing my graduate coursework (only one more class in the spring!) and as a part of my Teaching and Learning with the Internet course this fall, our goal is to become a participant in the Internet...and, this project is what has finally got me blogging (thank you, Dr. Hughes)!  As I mentioned earlier, I have been wanting to share my journey as a kindergarten teacher for a long time...and so it begins...

No comments:

Post a Comment