Now that the official announcement has been made at my school, I can let the cat out of the bag. Earlier this year, I mentioned that change was coming professionally for me and now I can share.
In February, I crossed state lines into Tennessee for an interview for an unbelievable opportunity and things went really well. So well, in fact, that I was offered a position as a master teacher in a very small grades 3-5 school.
A master teacher spends most of their time assisting teachers by field testing strategies, helping to develop strategies, and then following up with other teachers about the effectiveness of those strategies in classrooms.
Those who are close to me know that this is the direction that I have been trying to go for quite some time. However, there were a few doors that were shut along the way and I became extremely frustrated. I knew in my heart that the right thing would come along, but I couldn't help but get down on myself. Well, a little patience on my part, and a huge leap of faith, and the perfect opportunity has been presented to me.
This new position will require moving from SC to TN (don't worry, I'm not a Volunteer fan, will always be a Tiger girl) in June right as school is out. There is MUCH to be done between now and then - the end of the year is always crazy, but add moving a house into another state and the level has increased to insanity.
This move is a bittersweet move. I'm thrilled to be fulfilling a career goal, but I am leaving behind a fabulous group of students, parents, and teachers in my building.
I won't be far and may even drop in from time to time. I promise.