Where do I even begin?
I can not believe another school year has come to an end. This was such a memorable year for me and it is so bittersweet to see it end.
Let’s begin with a little “Flash Back Friday” to last year. It was my first year of teaching and while it was a good year, it was a challenging year. I say challenging because everything was new and first year teachers learn A LOT of new things that college just can’t always prepare you for. You are also starting from scratch and it takes a while to figure out a good system, build resources, and learn what works/ does not work, etc. If you are a teacher, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
This year, I took everything I learned last year and spent some time thinking about what I wanted this year to look like. I thought about everything from the organization of the room, transitions throughout the day, management strategies, class family routines, etc.
Then, I prayed for my kids. Both years, when I received my class roster, I prayed over each name and I continue that during my morning commute to work. I pray over my students and the day ahead.
This year, I had a prayer wrote out on paper that I taped to the back of my door that I prayed quite often. Along with praying for my students, I was praying for a successful year because it was also my SAFE-T year that all second year teachers go through. During this year, teachers go through lots of evaluations and receive feedback!
I know God heard every single one of my prayers because y’all, it really was
A. PICTURE. PERFECT. YEAR.
I had the BEST assistant in the world. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate her and everything she did for our class. We work hard and we laugh hard. She is hilarious!!
My kids were the best! I do call them “my kids.” They each brought something so unique to our classroom family. They brought so much personality, fun, and joy to this school year! I will NEVER forget them!
Some of the funny quotes that I remember from this school year:
“No, no, please don’t tell on me, I’ll buy you cookies.”
Teacher: “Has anyone ever used scissors before?” Student: “One time I cut up my mom’s paycheck.”
Teacher: “What happened to your picture money?” Student: “I gave it away because I didn’t know what it was for.”
Teacher: “What was your favorite part of 4K?” Student: “You and Ms. Belk teaching me new stuff.”
*We could write a book at the end of each year!*
My kids were awesome!!
And to my work twin: we survived our SAFE-T year!! I am thankful everyday that our teaching careers brought us to the same school. This teacher quickly became a best friend to me over the last two years and I don’t know what I would do without her!
I’ve got to say this too, when I graduated college, I had no idea where I would teach. I applied for jobs everywhere. I had a couple of interviews not work out and I felt discouraged, then I landed an interview in Woodruff and was very fortunate to receive my first teaching position. I feel truly blessed to be at my school for so many reasons. I work with some really great people and I love my 4K team. It just proves that God’s plan is perfect all the time and way better than we could ever imagine!
To any first year teacher, don’t give up, it does get better, SO MUCH BETTER!
And to all teachers, we did it!! Happy Summer!
P.S. I recently submitted my first donors choose project. My class is in need of a new area rug that will serve MANY purposes in my 4K classroom. I believe there is no greater cause than investing in our students education. Please take the time to read about our project here: The Magic Carpet (Pictured below!)