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Back To Work, 2012

My summer is officially over.  I report to Carlson High School tomorrow to start my fifteenth year as an educator.  At the end of this year I will reach the official half-way point of my career.  This year will also mark the first year that I will not be coaching, which may be a little difficult when March arrives.  I loved coaching track and field and I will miss it greatly.

I realize this may sound strange, but I actually love going back to work.  I love my job and the people I work with (staff and students).  This year may be a little tough because of some hits to the paycheck (thanks Lansing) but I still would not want to work in any other field.  I never went into education to make millions, I just wanted to do something I would enjoy.  The Harvey MacKay quote, "find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life" is so true!

To be honest I am not sure what this year will bring.  I hope to be able to teach another writing class or two at Wayne County Community College and I am also debating about using my Master of Educational Leadership degree to find an administrator position.  I am nervous about moving from teacher to principal, but I really think I would do well in the position. 

To all of my friends in education I hope you have a wonderful school year.  It may be difficult, but pull up your boot straps and do your best.  Next up for me, finding a book for September!


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