I am so thankful for Ruth Ayres, who extends an invitation to share the celebrations from our week. Here's what I am celebrating today!
Last September I took a big step in my journey as a teacher. I began working on my Master's degree. I am ready for a different turn in my journey, and I knew this path was the one I needed to take.
Looking back at that first assignment, I remember the tears and the doubt and the fear, and I honestly didn't know if I could do it. With the empty nest on the horizon, I knew it wasn't a matter of running kids here and there and being present in their lives. I had the time. Teaching full time is a challenge, but now that I had taught 6th grade for three years, I felt comfortable with my curriculum. The workload wasn't the problem.
My biggest fear stemmed from own self-doubt. Could I really do this at my age? At the age of 54, many teachers are thinking about retirement, and I am thinking about stepping out into a bigger circle in the education world.
Today, I celebrate learning, as my first semester officially ends this week. Yes, I did it!
When I chose step as my one little word this year, the decision to go to grad school was a big part of it. Now I am ready to swing my arms back and jump to the next rock.
And I can't wait to see where this journey takes me.