This time last year, I was preparing to take my state teaching exams (LAST and CST) and head off to Institute to begin my life as a teacher. Never in a million years did I see this year playing out the way it did, or imagine that come June 2012, I would pretty much be in the same boat as June 2011.
I wish I could say things have improved, or that things are looking good for the future, but that’s not true. I got myself a job which ultimately fell through due to coordination issues between the school and TFA, and then finally when the school was given their budget for the coming year (they ended up having to close two classrooms, including the one I was hired to run). Taking that job required me to pass on another job offer from a TFA partner school, and the opening they had for the fall has been taken. So, I’m back in the application process again- full force. At least for the moment anyway. I have no intention of getting to August and discovering that I still don’t have a teaching job and I’ve been wasting my time since February.
To that end, I start a summer job on Monday working at a non-profit that distributes money as part of three different scholarship programs. I wanted to find a way to still be involved in education, no matter in what capacity, and wanted to see more of the inner workings of a non-profit.
For the first time in a long time, I really feel like I have no certainty, direction, or plan. I know that no matter what, I would still like to teach for a couple of years, and so I will be completing my degree whether or not a teaching position materializes in the near future. I also know that I would ultimately like to be involved in education on the policy side, and that I have a lot of interest in working in, growing, developing, and maybe even starting non-profits. I am increasingly looking at opportunities that will take me out of the US, either to teach or to work within community/education related non-profits in other places. I am taking this opportunity to make the most of what I have. I know that I am a hard worker and a fast learner, and that I can contribute a lot to any organization that needs my help. I also know that I want to do more, be greater, and so that’s what I’m going to do.
I have no idea where I’ll be in August so I’ll just have to take it one step at a time.