I am back! The last week of school is officially upon me. Although I have not written in far too long, suffice to say that my lack of blogging does not indicate a wane in the school year. Quite the opposite. As my principal likes to remind our students, the end of the year is approaching but North Star winds up and does not wind down. Aside from the end of the year giddiness that both my students and I are experiencing, I am going through a whole different kind of excitement that is separate from my impending 6 week break. My dreaded first year is almost over. I have to be honest though, it was nothing like the horror stories that, unfortunately, many of my teacher friends have endured. My rookie year was difficult, of course, but nothing that discouraged me from knowing that education is the field for me. I am leaving this year looking forward to the next, a unique first-year sentiment.
Many changes are happening at my school next year. Several of our beloved staff members are taking new journeys, my principal included. If you have been reading avidly, or had been when I was writing a lot more frequently, you know that my principal played a large role in my positive first year experience. He is a mentor that taught me so much about how to best to serve my students on a daily basis. I am sad to see him go, but he will be close by. If you are reading Jesse, be warned that I will continue to seek advice as you “fly like an uncaged bird” (long story) on your new journey. Needless to say, our new principal is already an amazing member of the NSA family and I am so excited for her to begin her new role as principal at The Hill.
I’ve heard the second year of teaching is a lot different then the first. Many other experienced teachers try to explain it to me, but often have trouble putting it into words. One of my colleagues said “Last year I felt like a pauper and now I feel like a queen.” That doesn’t sound too bad to me.
I am so excited for next year. I am so excited for a break. Thank you all for reading while I literally went through the trials and triumphs of my first year. It’s certainly been a roller-coaster and as cliché as it sounds, I’ve learned so much. I am not sure what the close of this year means for this blog. After all I will technically not be a “rookie” anymore. I am sure I will still use this blog as an outlet to tell the ridiculous happenings that find their way into my day at school. Always assume, though, that I look forward to continue working in Newark and helping my kids change history.