|Some of the kids' creations.|
For those of you who don't know, I'm a chalkie! Yep... a teacher and I LOVE my job. Only thing is, lately, I didn't feel like I love my job. Was it the beautiful and curious 3 and 4 year olds I spent my days with? Nope! Of course not, they're the best part of my job. Was it the laborious paperwork, the kind that people who are not teachers may not be able to imagine? Nope! It was other things... Politics... Judgement... Lack of christian action and pastoral care that we proclaim to hold strong, yet the administration don't pass on to staff...
Anyway! I'm 35. I believe we should seek inner happiness during our life. If we are not happy, we should investigate why and change things to chase that dream. And, lucky for me I am in a position where if I'm not happy, I can change things - ie, my job! So, after lots of support from my husband and a long time to follow through with my decision, I left my job in April. I thought relief teaching would come thick and fast, the money would be similar, the stress would be non-existant and all would be good. Only thing is weeks passed and no relief happened... One week, two, three, on to five, six seven... Always having worked in a private system of schooling, I was not yet registered to work in government schools. I enquired about becoming registered and it's a long process but I'm on my way!
I did get a call in my ninth week "off" and went into a Pre-Primary class. Filled with nerves, and a damaged self-esteem I headed off and within five minutes I was "home". I am supposed to be a teacher. I told my Year One teacher (when I was six) that I wanted to become a teacher and followed my dream right through school. I always felt lucky - and still do I guess - that I was so sure of what I wanted to do. Called back to that wonderful classroom for another day in the same week confirmed my belief - I needed to leave the school, not the profession.
Anyway, of course - after finally getting some work, school holidays follow! But I'm a teacher! I can be a teacher anywhere, not just at school... Even in my own house, right? I threw it out on facebook - who wants to drop their kids off for four hours? $20 (WHAT a bargain!!!!) and I'll craft with them all day long. Not really sure of how I'd go, I was overwhelmed when I had SO much interest. 20 children were quickly "enrolled" in my lil project. And today was the second day this week I had my sessions in my home! What a success!!! Had so much fun, (wasn't in it for the profit, luckily!!) My own daughters had a ball, crafting away amongst their friends - some new and some old. I earned a tiny bit of money and I'm HAPPY!!!
And that's what life is about! Thanks for reading!
Creating memories, one moment at a time.