I'm not sure about your area, but California has been hit pretty hard with major budget cuts over the last few years. The first time I was pink-slipped freaked me out. I was young and naive and didn't understand the politics involved in teaching. Luckily, I was hired back at a different school, which ended up being a blessing. I moved from 1st grade to Kinder. Another year in the books and another pink slip and was moved from full-day Kinder to 1st grade because our team was too strong. This was another blessing. The next pink slip was tough because it forced 400 tenured teachers in my district out of our classrooms and schools that we loved. I remember thinking, “This can't be happening. I'm a great teacher, I teacher Professional Development classes for the district, I created Family Literacy nights for our school to get our Title I parents involved, 100% of my students are at benchmark, and I'm in the middle of earning my Master's Degree in Reading along with my Reading Specialist certificate.”
Teaching in Hawaii was beautiful and I fulfilled a dream. I brought my knowledge from the mainland and was able to share it with new teachers. I taught PD classes for beginning teachers and shared how to run a successful Literacy Workshop, or centers. I learned so much in Hawaii and am so grateful for the opportunity, but had a lot going on in my personal life and just wanted to be home.
|happy to have my car back|
|taking a little break|
|Golden Gate Bridge|