Thanks to all of you that dropped by yesterday to read and especially those that left me good wishes! They were greatly appreciated.
The day went well. Of course, I had to drive in a torrential rainstorm (did you see the national news map of rain in the Kansas City/Midwest and Southeast yesterday???!!!) and with highway accidents/back-ups, I made it to my in service training in the nick of time. (I HATE to be late!)
Of course, I had no name tag...I sort of expected that! (Doesn't it seem as if the part-time/new employees always get forgotten about at these sort of things???!!!) So I grabbed a bottled water and made my way back, ironically to "the front of the room"to grab a seat. A fellow "missing-a-name-tag" colleague joined me and we quickly introduced ourselves.
I find myself gravitating to the 40/50-something year old teachers instead of the "young ones". When did I grow up???!!! Wahhhh!!!
I heard lots of good discussion on resources used by the various SPED teachers, but I also came away from that meeting feeling MORE confident about my own teaching abilities and usefulness in the Resource Room.
When I think about my teaching career and sometimes wonder why I didn't gravitate toward Catholic Education in the first place, I remember that God always has a plan. We are always in the time and place where we belong...even if we don't understand why.
My 10-years in public education were not wasted. I touched lives. But lives also touched me and those "hardest-case kiddos" were preparing me to be the future Resource Room Teacher at St. Paul! Although, I may not hold a "Special Ed" degree, I do come critically prepared to meet my challenges...by being a former public school teacher from an AMAZING public school district, a Master-degree educated teacher from an acclaimed Midwest teaching university, and most importantly as a deeply spiritual, faith-filled, devoutly practicing Catholic mother!!!
It's gonna be a great year and I can't wait to meet my Resource Room kiddos!
P.S. As if I wasn't busy enough...Mary Catherine has rehearsals nearly every night this week for a very special performance at the Kansas City Zoo on Friday, August 23rd. I can't wait to see my "Little Nala" in full face-paint singing her solo!!!