I had decided to take some time off this spring to focus on my doctoral study. I need some headspace in order to manage my research, as well as the opportunity to read and write about it. So, I took a part-time leave of absence...and then, as Fate would have it, the perfect job opportunity came along. It fits my schedule and allows me to keep a lot of the mental space and energy I need for my dissertation.
It's been a long time since I've fallen in love with a school, but that is exactly what I have spent the week doing. My heart skips a beat when I finish my morning duties and can race to see my new partner. My face hurts from smiling by the end of the day. It is truly a joy to be able to work there. For confidentiality reasons, I can't say much about what I'm seeing in the classrooms, but I can tell you that I have a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference with a population of needy students and a building full of dedicated teachers...all led by a principal who truly believes that what happens in a classroom should be about kids. What's not to love?