Semester Evaluation-Changing My Seat and Coming To Life
Back in July I made a radical change. I had planned to retire after this school year. I knew that with that decision I would have to find another job to supplement my retirement income and I was ok with that. I thought I was ready to retire....to be put out to pasture. I had been to the retirement seminars and I had made all the list of 26 things to accomplish after retirement that they told me to make.....but to be honest I just was not ready to give up my career...my challenge....my passion. I knew I needed to make some changes....and changes I made. In May I applied for two openings here in the Randolph County area. One was with the City system and the other in the County system. I had an interview in early summer with the City system...yet, heard nothing from the other system. I was kind of shocked because I knew they would need a Spanish teacher. By mid-July I had resigned myself to returning to BRHS and retiring at the end of the 2014-15 school year. And then the phone call came....from the County system.....asking for an interview. I had not been interviewed in over 15 years and the thought made me physically ill. BUT WAIT! When the principal called to set up an interview I apologized nicely and turned it down!!!!! Can you believe that? I had prayed to God for this opportunity and told Him I needed to be hired by July 1st. July 1st was important because a school system does not have to let you out of your contract within 30 days of the first instructional day. Frank and I were in my car.....at Frazier UMC, ready to attend my daughter and SIL's prayer service....and I said, " No, Thank You!" Frank asked my why? I told him about my prayer to God...and Frank's wonderful laugh out loud voice pierced the silence in the car. He could not believe that I had put a condition like that on God. He told me to call them back and schedule the interview. If this was a God thing.....He would make it happen. I called back, scheduled the interview, and was offered the job contingent on my other system letting me go. If I were not a Christian I would have been floored by how it all came together....but I am a Christian.....and I am not shocked. In just a few days we moved 25 years of teacher hoarding from one school to another. I threw away a lot.....and we drove away with everything I owned in two vehicles. It was a sad day. I would miss all my friends. I was leaving my comfort zone....but it was also a glad one. I was embarking on a new adventure. We moved in to the classroom at RCHS.....and it felt new, exciting, and strange. I could not find my things! We had teacher meetings for a week and then the day arrived when the students would file into my room....and meet me. I was terrified that first day. Now half a year later....I wonder why I worried. This change was one of the best things I could have ever done. I forgot how much fun teaching could be. Teaching was fresh again. I had to stay on my toes. I no longer had that all powerful T (for tenure) behind my name. I had to earn my place. I think sometimes when there is not change we become complacent. I cannot believe that we are 18 weeks into the school year and now there are only 18 more. I changed my seat....I moved from my comfort zone....I took a chance....and I feel I have come to life. I LOVE MY JOB! It is my passion. I love the kids I work with....I love the teachers I work with....I love the staff I work with. Am I retiring at the end of the year? I DON'T THINK SO! I have new vitality....and a new life.
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.