SOL 3/15 Living the Dream?
|15 of 31 for the Slice of Life Challenge from Two Writing Teachers|
This week our question of the week was "What career would you choose to start if you no longer were a teacher?" Because we had so much business on the agenda, we didn't get to go around the table like usual. I started to think about this question after leaving the meeting. What would I be?
I taught sixth grade for two years, and then I took a break from teaching for 8 years after the birth of my son. Growing up, I really only had one career choice. I was going to be a teacher like my mom and dad. In the back of my head, though, I always had a part of me that really just wanted to be a mom. I was always a little jealous of the moms who could come to school and help out, the moms that were home to make the after-school snacks. I wanted to be that mom for my kids. I did not want my baby's firsts to be seen by the daycare provider. I wanted to see all of those moments and celebrate them with my kids. I was very blessed to life the life of a stay-at-home mom with my three babies. I was very lucky to teach at their preschool and be home to mold them into children with morals and values that we hold true. I dabbled in retail and positions at my church, but I was able to be home most of the time. After a few years, my children were old enough to go to school, and I found myself once again yearning to be back in the classroom.
Because jobs were very scarce in my area, it was hard to get back into teaching. I accepted a mid-year position as an instructional assistant in our high school, which I really loved. It allowed me to watch various teaching styles and work with kids. When a position at our middle school opened, I jumped at the chance to move down. Middle school is truly where I have always been the most comfortable as a teacher. Working with these kids is both challenging and entertaining. I never know what is going to happen in my classroom...even if I think I am prepared for anything.
The question of the week got me thinking though...what would I do if I no longer taught? While many things have run through my mind...nursing, retail, consulting...I'm not really sure what my choice would be. I have always had a small part of me that wanted to own a small bookstore and teacher supply store. I could help teachers, but wouldn't have to deal with red tape and helicopter parents. Oh well...unless I take that leap to leave teaching, I will keep that little dream tucked away, until the next time the question roles around.