is I'm teaching first grade. The whole "I don't have a job - now I do have a job - and my new job is at my old job" thing is still quite bizarre to me. As I told my hair stylist today, I keep wondering when I'm going to wake up from this dream.
Well, here's how it all came down. I had my pink slip meeting three weeks ago tomorrow. At that meeting, the vice principal told me that she had seen online that Eastside Christian, the school where I taught at for three years before Crossroads had a first grade opening. Not really wanting to make that long of a commute again, but knowing that teaching positions were very scarce, and even though I always said I'd never teach first grade, I made a couple phone calls. Sent an email. Waited. Worried. Updated my resume. Prayed. Got some new letters of recommendation written. Applied for some other positions here in Vancouver. Waited some more. And then on Friday night I got a phone call from my former principal. His words were, "We're ready to kick this thing off if you are." And with that, I was hired. No interview necessary.
I waited to share the news with most people until today, when I knew I would be signing my contract. That's been done. I've been in my room. I've seen my class list. Right now I'll have ten students. I've been to the Learning Palace. I've actually been reading up on first grade for a couple of weeks. I've shopped for books that I think they'll be able to read at Value Village. I started my little notebook - jotting down ideas I like, but I'm feeling back to school anxiety like never before. I've taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, and this is the most nervous I've ever felt.
I certainly have a few questions for God about this that I can't wait to ask. But for now, in the midst of a crummy economy, I have a job. With benefits. Working with people that I know and get along with. In fact, one of the teachers is coming back from retirement. She is sure to keep me laughing when I'm pulling my hair out because I don't know what in the world to do with first graders.
Even though it's not at all how I would've planned it, I'm thankful. I feel very grateful to have so many family and friends who were praying for me. Please don't stop! And if you have any really great ideas for first graders, be sure to send them my way.