Monthly Archives: August 2012

Full Time Contract!!!


I just received some of the greatest news I have ever heard…I get to sign a FULL TIME TEACHING CONTRACT, that means I get full pay, full benefits, my own classroom, and most importantly, the chance to work with some really awesome kids for an entire school year!!!

Maybe to a regular person outside of teaching, this doesn’t seem like such a big deal, people get FT jobs all the time…Yet in education and especially in California, that is not such a luxury.  As you all know, I have been working really hard at making teaching work as an actual career, but it hasn’t been easy. Getting a FT job where I can start AND finish a year with the SAME group of kiddos is the ultimate job and it’s mine!!!  I work with an amazing group of teachers, and their love and support has been so encouraging.  I truly feel so blessed and filled with gratitude for this opportunity.

Over the next few days we will be working on figuring out the new classes (too many kids, that’s why they needed an additional teacher/classroom) and we will be setting up the classrooms. 

I will be staying in the room I started off in, RM 15, and teaching a straight First grade class.  The teacher I was initially subbing for, in RM 15, was given the straight Kinder class. Since our room is so far from the kinder area, she will end up moving to a closer room, so I will get her room ready and then re-prep my room.  I moved a bunch of her things to the new room, so I have a pretty basic room to start out with.  We both like the same theme, polka dots!  So my room theme will be hot pink/lime green and black and white polka dots.  I will take pictures as I go and am excited considering this is my first official room to decorate! 

I am also super excited about the projects and activities I will be doing with the kids.  I made a handful of learning games with notecards already and am looking forward to using them in small groups.  I love all the academic stuff of course, seeing them get smarter right before my eyes…I plan to move my keyboard into the room and sing and play songs for them, do lots and lots of fun art/holiday projects, and even get them familiar with Yoga. 

Good things are happening, and I really feel positive about how my teaching career is unfolding.  I guess it did continue to move in the right direction after all…long term sub for 2 days, but now FT contracted teacher!!!

Thank you to all of you who have continued to show your love and support, and who have given me lots of encouragement and who never stopped believing in me as a teacher and the chances that I would get one day, this day!

Hugs to all!



Back in a classroom!!!


Today I went to the school I will be teaching at and picked up my new set of keys {classroom, copy room, gates, staff restroom- I feel so important}!!!  It was awesome getting to see some of my teacher/staff friends and also meet the new principal, who is really cool.

I met with the teacher I am going to be subbing for, and it was great because she brought her little girl and I brought my little guy.  They played while we caught up and spruced up the classroom.  I was very excited about a lot of things, but I think one of my most favorite things was the color scheme she picked out…black and white polka dot borders, with lime green and turquoise!!!

Now, some of you who don’t teach might not realize how fun borders can be and how much joy an awesome bulletin board can bring to one’s day, but let’s just say I was beyond happy with the outcome. She had lime green fabric and turquoise fabric, each board it’s own color and all of them with the consistent cleanliness of the polka dot borders…Lovely! 

It’s also great because we share many similarities in regards to our teaching philosophy and style, ideas for classroom management, being strict but loving and many other things…we both love to sing and incorporate music into teaching and both excited about whole brain teaching.  With little ones, consistency is crucial, and it is reassuring that they won’t have to adjust with the teacher change when my role comes to an end. I left feeling very encouraged, that this will be a fun month or two, one where I will learn a lot and grow as a teacher. 

The sad feeling I had was that I wished instead of covering for this teacher, that we were actually grade level partners, what a team we’d make!  We could totally learn from each other, she loves to read blogs and is a bit obsessed with pinterest just like me…we could have so much fun bouncing ideas of each other. Well, maybe there will be a crazy influx of kiddos during the first month and they will have to add a class…and seeing that I am already there…maybe I could be the teacher…awww….I like how that sounds….

Hmmm….The balance of thinking things into reality and being realistic and trying to save yourself from being let down…I haven’t really figured out how to do that yet…

Well, off to look on pinterest for ideas on how to decorate the classroom door, something polka dot inspired!

Teaching Update…


Being a teacher can be one of the most rewarding jobs out there, but it is also very challenging and frustrating at the same time. 

Let me recap my journey thus far…

2008-2010 (Credential/Masters and student teaching grades 2nd/3rd)

2010- Daily Substitute (k-12)

2011-Long Term Substitute (1st)

2011-2012- Shared Temporary Contract (6th)

I have been progressing nicely, hoping that this year would open up to a Full Temporary Contract (they rarely give permanent contracts anymore, they don’t want to be tied into having to guarantee teachers jobs…it’s really just a budget thing)

So…I was hoping that with school starting next week, I would be getting a call and given an assignment or at least a chance to interview for a FT classroom role…

I received a call, but it wasn’t the one I was hoping to get…though I am grateful I got something…What I will be doing for the first month or so is going back a step to being a long term substitute for a Kindergarten/First grade classroom at a school I LOVE.  It is one of my teaching friends that I am covering for, so that’s an added plus. 

What I have learned is that the newer temp teachers rarely get called before school begins, but rather after all the students arrive and the enrollment is finalized.  We have temp teachers who have been with the district for up to 9 years, so they are called first and then down the list…I am at the bottom of that list) So the district people are telling me that I could be called still, but it may take up to a month for them to place people…and if I don’t get called for a FT teaching job, then I should still hold onto hope that I can get a PT Intervention teaching job at one of the schools in the district.  The good news…my BTSA coach (BTSA is super critical this year, need to complete it this year so my credential can get CLEARED!!!) said that I will definetely get BTSA completed and for me not to worry about that…Another added bonus is that I was invited to start a few days early and be a part of the new common core curriculum training and staff development day.

So what all that means is that Tuesday is my first official day back, I will start of as  K/1 Teacher (FT long term sub) and will hope that a contract will be offerred to me after a month or so…all while being able to get my BTSA done…I think it is all working out well, not necessarily how I imagined it would, but I am hopeful it will be a great year and one that will put me in a good position by getting closer to that CLEARED credential!

On a side note, Charles will be starting 5th grade!  I can’t believe he’s already that old, but we are excited to find out who his teacher is, who is classmates are and get started with the new year.  We have been on vacation mode and will quickly switch back to our busy schedules and routines…

I will keep you posted on how things continue…to my teacher friends, have an excellent school year and best of luck with the common core and moving towards inquiry based learning…to my friends/family who have kiddos, may this school year be filled with lots of fun memories, warm and loving teachers, lots of growth academically and socially, and plenty of moments where they can feel proud of their accomplishments!


Love to all!