Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What I've Done in Education

Today's topic:

How long and in what capacities have I been in education.

This goes back a little ways...

I was a student in public school K-12 in Indiana.

Then I spread my wings, flew to Kansas and was a student at Hesston College, and Bethel College. I ended those years with a BA in Elementary Education and an emphasis in Special Education.

With those degrees in hand I set off to find a job. I taught students with special needs in an elementary building for 7 years in Marion, Kansas, and 2 years in Newton, Kansas.

By that time I was married and had 2 preschool children. I was fortunate to quit my job and stay home for 6 years with my kids (and a few others).

When my younger son entered first grade I started subbing in my small town. I did that for 1.5 years.

Those subbing jobs led me to find the school where I wanted to be a full-time teacher. 

I stepped back into full-time teaching mid-year. The job was for students with special needs and I split time between two Newton, Kansas schools.

The following year I tried something new: a classroom teacher in a Newton school. The classroom was a combination of second and third graders at Walton Rural Life Center. That was interesting: first time in a general education classroom full-time, and a split class with state assessments in the spring. I was a little bit stressed. 

With the retirement of a wonderful first grade teacher, I slipped into a first grade position at the same school, and that's where I've been for the last two years. I am "home" and I'll tell that story another day...

So, all total...17 years as a student (and a bit of a teacher), and 14 years as a teacher (and student, of course).

That was fun--I hadn't done all the math before. 

I can't wait to read some more "history" of my friends over at Michelle's blog Big Time Literacy. You can, too.
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  1. I am glad you finally found yourself "at home" in first grade! :-)

  2. It's great that you found a place that you belong after so many learning experiences! Can't wait to hear more.

  3. I appreciate how your path through teaching has been a zig-zag! No better way to live life than to get out there and have adventures!

  4. Wow our paths were sure different, but at least for 2 years we were teaching first. I enjoyed reading your story.
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  5. I subbed and then taught, also. Great way to see if that's really what you want to do. And it's always great to find a place where you belong. Sara

  6. I loved reading about your path!! I wish I wasn't so far, so I could see your school in action. :)
    Curious Firsties


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