well, my first year of teaching has come to a close. after many tears (from both me and my kiddos), hugs, at least 15 packed boxes, and dozens of handmade good-bye cards and notes begging me not to move, it is finished. a year ago this Thursday, i was hired at the Ascension Parish job fair, where the principals hired me on the spot because they both knew that i was a perfect fit for Oak Grove. i was a nervous wreck, fresh out of grad school, overflowing with ideas and excitement. but from the moment i was hired, i began dreaming about how my classroom would be arranged, how my bulletin boards would be set up, what precious faces would walk through of my door day in and day out. although i often wondered where my energy, persistence, and motivation would come from during long weeks, i never doubted that i was born to teach. now that my first year jitters are out, my prayer for next year is to focus not as much on impressing others and myself, but just doing the best i can. God has already equipped me with everything i need to do what He's called me to. i also want to do a better job at loving my students well and figuring out how to discipline well and consistently. i'm sure that's a battle i'll continue to fight for years.
since i can't post pics of the kids online, these will have to do. i took these last summer before school started and everything was neat and orderly. i'll miss my little 15' x 25' home away from home. it, along with those 64 stinky, hormonal, but oh-so-sweet 5th graders, will always have a special place in my heart :)
here's to another ______ years of teaching!!