Thursday was my very first day of high school (as a teacher). I have never taught high school. Ever. I never did any student teaching at a high school. I’ve never even subbed at a high school!
I have always taught junior high…I love junior high! The kids are growing into adolescence and there is still a slight level of innocence as they become teenagers. I really enjoyed my years teaching junior high!
Due to budget cuts, and numbers going down at various schools (including my old school), the district did one of two things: a.) fired teachers that weren’t performing as they should or b.) moved the newer (best of the best) teachers (no I’m not just saying that) to other schools.
Thinking back, I am very lucky that my job was saved. I know too many excellent credentialed teachers that have not been able to secure a job within my district. The openings are just not there right now. I remember back when I first started my credential program, at the orientation meeting they told us that California was going to need hundreds of thousands of new teachers in the years to come. Here we are, years later…and the jobs simply are not there. Sadness.
So, mentally I prepared for the problems that high school would bring. The school I was moved to has a reputation. I fell for the rumors and I am happy to report that none of it is true. It makes me so mad that such rumors are even attributed to my new school. Grrr!!! Not fair!
Never have I been made to feel more welcome at a school. From the general feeling from the staff, to the support from the administration, I am so happy to be teaching at this school. It makes me so proud to be a teacher. I get the feeling that they are genuinely happy to have me here, and apparently I have a really good reputation within the district. THIS is a good thing to have. I’m still paying my dues…but teaching is definitely my life…or at least a huge part of it.
I’m not just saying all of these positive things about my new school because I work here. These words come straight from the heart. I think it is going to be an amazing year. I think I have found my calling here. When we took our staff photo, I wore my official staff polo shirt with so much pride! I’m rocking those school colors! Last year I was given some school t-shirts, but I have never been given an actual polo shirt that said STAFF! It is the little things that make me happy…
I know that I have only had the students for two days, but in my experience that is enough to get a general feel for what the year will be like. I got a great batch of students. All 170+ of them bring something special into the classroom. My students last year were great too, and I miss them, but I feel that these new students need me a little more…you know what I mean?
On the first day of school, our principal gave every teacher a gift. No, not a stapler or a pad of paper…something even more amazing. A HUGE CASE OF PAPER! Major props to a principal that understands the needs of a modern day teacher!