After 5 years of going to school part time, I was ready to do my student teaching. My adviser called me up one day and mentioned I was the perfect candidate for a "new" teacher preparation program that the school wanted to pilot. I went to several job interviews and ended up at the school I am currently at.
I thought my principal was crazy for taking a chance on a person that was going to skip the student teaching phase. I'm not going to lie, it was probably the worst year of my life. I was juggling family life, still taking classes and teaching full time in a class full of 26 kindergartners!
I remember going into my principal's office two weeks after school started and just crying hysterically - I don't consider myself an outwardly emotional person however I have noticed in the last 5 years I cry when I watch any Disney movie...
I'm fairly positive I told him "I wasn't cut out to be a teacher and I made a huge mistake!" He just patiently listened to me and told me he never would have hired me if he knew I couldn't do it. Well, with a lot of coaching, perseverance, and a lot of pep talks by my principal I survived my first year. It was a tough first year but it really molded me into the teacher I am today. I learned so much that year that I don't think I would have learned otherwise had I done the traditional student teaching route.
I will forever be grateful for the opportunities my principal has given me over the last 7 years. This year I had the chance to work with him in a leadership role. This was another year of learning, challenges and struggling but I was fortunate to have such wonderful support. Change is never easy and I know there will be a lot of change in the upcoming school year, not only with leadership at my school but also transitioning to the Common Core. Keep riding that bicycle and keep moving.