Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Roller Coaster Week

Trying my best to look like I'm NOT sick!
It may only be Wednesday but this week has been a crazy roller coaster for me so far. On Monday I was set to interview at "S-School" and, of course, I woke up with a fever of 101 and sick to my stomach!

Even though I wasn't feeling good there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity so I went into school and interviewed. I was very happy to be interviewing right at "S-School" which made me feel more comfortable since I've been student teaching at the school on and off since September of 2012. In the interview itself was the principal of "S-School" (who is also one of my cooperating teachers), the superintendent of "T-Division", and a trustee from the school board.

I feel like the interview went really well and there wasn't any questions that I wasn't prepared for. I want to send out big thanks to everyone in my PLN who helped me find great practice questions (especially Mary!). After an hour we were all finished up and I quickly had to find a substitute for my afternoon classes because I couldn't stay at school to student teach, I was too sick!

     On Tuesday, despite being the last day in April, our area woke up to Christmas time all over again! We were hit with over a foot of heavy, wet snow which lead to some pretty treacherous conditions on the road. Despite being cautious and only travelling about 40 kilometers an hour, I hit an icy patch on the road and ended up hitting the guardrail of a bridge only a kilometer away from our house :(
I am very thankful that I walked away with just some bruising and stiffness. Luckily my fiance, father-in-law, and several close family friends are part of our community's fire department so I was in good hands when they arrived. I was taken by ambulance to a hospital nearby and received x-rays and CT scans to make sure everything with my neck and head was okay, which they were. Unfortunately, I am now without a vehicle, but in the grand scheme of things that seems like a small issue. I want to thank everyone who helped me out and made sure I was safe, especially the wonderful women who stopped to take care of me until the fire department arrived. I never even got her name, but her kindness made a world of difference!

     This morning our division was still experiencing a snow day but I ended up going in at lunch time because I was just too bored sitting at home with nothing to focus on except being sick! There was only about 50 students all together (K-12) but it was nice to be out of the house and back at the school after missing Monday and Tuesday. Even though it was a slow day, and I couldn't actually teach with so few students, I am happy I went in because I received a very good phone call!

     I am very happy to announce that today I found out that my interview was successful and I've been offered a position at "S-School"! My official contract does not go through until the board approves it on May 14th but I am feeling confident and very excited :) Once that goes through, I should get my official teaching schedule with my grades and classes later in May or early June!

     I want to send a HUGE thank you to all of the amazing faculty at Brandon University that prepared me for this career and supported me through this journey, my family and friends for supporting me every step of the way, and everyone in my PLN who has helped me grow and develop as an educator. So even though this week has had some pretty extreme ups and downs I am very excited for this next step of my journey.

7 comments:

  1. We are so proud of your accomplishments and we know first hand that you will be an
    amazing teacher to some very lucky students! Glad to hear that your accident was only damage to your car...and not you! Awesome news after a tough week!

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    1. Thank you so much Tina! Yes, I am very thankful that the accident wasn't any more serious and that I received such good news to turn the week around :)

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  2. Congratulations...now the fun will really begin!

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    1. Thank you Mrs. M! I am already thinking about classroom setup and planning... it will be a fun summer!

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