I’ll tell you what – moving from your home in a foreign country back to America really throws your life into chaos and when you add wedding planning to that, there isn’t really time to think about much else. However, since the honeymoon ended and things have calmed down, we’ve thrown ourselves back into work.
While Matt and I prepare for another potential move (when will the madness end?!), I decided to head back to work as a substitute teacher in my alma mater school district - Richardson. It’s been three years since I stepped into a classroom, but I knew with the flexible schedule and my experience, it would be a great way to make some money while still taking freelance projects in between.
Ironically, my first day was back at Apollo Junior High, and boy was that a trip! Many of the staff that I knew (including almost my entire Language Arts department) are no longer at the school, so there were many unfamiliar faces. However, among those faces there were also quite a few that remained, making it nice to catch up and hear how the last three years have been.
I will admit, though, I was a tiny bit nervous before my first class – three years is a long time! But when those kids starting streaming into the room, it was like riding a bicycle. I forgot how much I missed interacting with students and taking charge of the classroom. And after experiencing the “corporate culture” of working for a company, I am not ashamed to say that being in charge again doesn’t suck. ;)
So far, I’ve covered three classes and three different subjects. This week I’ll be at three other schools, one day substituting at Matt’s old junior high and another covering a high school French class, which should be interesting considering that I speak Spanish, not French…can I just show them pictures of my travels in France?!
So until we make our next move, I’ll continue pop in and out of classroom. It has certainly been a great way to start repatriating myself!