When I graduated high school and applied for college, there was only one area I was interested in studying...biology. I wanted to be an eye doctor. My whole life...that's what I wanted to be.
I quickly put that down as my major and my first semester at OBU, my life was filled with the lab and the periodic table. I HATED IT!!!!!!
I decided I needed something else. So, after talking to my mom about it over Christmas break, we knew I liked math and numbers, so I decided to be an Accounting major. I took Accounting 1 that spring, and barely made a C...only because I cried to my professor every day!!! I HATED IT TOO!!! What was I going to do?
I decided to stay in the Business school, because there was nothing I was even remotely interested in, so I decided to be a Marketing major. When I found out it was more than just sales, I was hooked. I excelled and did a great job! I double-majored in Marketing and Management and met some of my closest friends in those classes!!
I got a job as a Marketer after college and quickly built my client list and was making a lot in commission. Nick and I knew we wanted to get married, but we needed to live in the same town so we could see each other every day. We had only "weekend dated" our whole relationship!! After he tried desperately to get a job in Arkansas with no luck, it was decided I would move to Miami. I can find a Marketing job, right??
Wrong!!!!! Nothing was availabe except maybe being a bank teller, then working my way up. Which meant, years and years of working 8a-6p Monday-Friday and sometimes Saturdays. No thank you! So, I got a job as an aid at a local elementary. At first, I hated it. I grew up with a dad for a teacher and a mom who worked in the school system and I knew what their paycheck was and it was not going to cut it. But then, I realized my love for kids and that I had a gift when dealing with them. Hmmm....
At the same time, my uncle was getting something called an "Alternative Certification" to be a teacher, so I decided I'd try it out. I passed all the required tests with flying colors and started looking for jobs. Of course I wanted a job in Miami so I could work in the same school system as my husband, but after I interviewed for a 3rd grade job and they never called me, I decided to expand my search.
I called a tiny school in Wyandotte (about 20 minutes away) and she asked if I could come down right then. So, I asked her where it was, hopped in the car and met Mrs. Lyons. We talked for a long time and she told me I was being interviewed for a Pre-K position. She called me the next morning and offered me the job!! I was thrilled!! Nick and I were about 2 weeks from getting married and I knew I had a job when we got back from our honeymoon.
This is my fourth year teaching Pre-K and I love it. I love my co-teacher and I love the little ones...kids older than 1st grade scare me just a little bit. However, I started getting the feeling that I'd like to try a new grade. I talked to Mrs. Lyons about this at the beginning of the year and she said she'd keep that in mind.
Well, she obviously did because this past Friday we had a school-wide staff meeting and I'm moving to Kindergarten!!! I couldn't be happier. This was where I wanted to be and I'm beyond excited for the opportunity and the confidence she has in me.
This is obviously where the Lord wanted me; I wonder if I would've thought about that during Christmas break of my freshman year at OBU where I would be now. But, there was a purpose to all that and I'm glad I'm where I am right now. I'm excited for the change. I will be posting the progress of my new classroom over the summer and all my trials and concerns and accomplishments over the next year. I'm pumped! Pray that the transition will go smoothly and I'll be an effective teacher and an effective example of Christ.