Updated: Mar 4, 2020
I graduated from college in May 2016 with a degree in Elementary (K-4) and Special Education (PreK-8). I walked across that stage feeling ready to take on my own classroom, despite being nervous about how it was all going to go. I found my dream job a few weeks later in a first-grade classroom at a Title I school in northern Virginia. I totally lucked out being able to start my teaching career pursuing my passion area of first grade and Title I...or so I thought.
My year started with health difficulties, which then spiraled into professional difficulties, and ultimately led to me leaving my school at the end of that year. I share more of these stories in Edumagic Shine On: A Guide for New Teachers. My (surprise!) daughter was born on the last day of school and I found myself a stay at home mom with a tiny human to teach. I felt, like most parents do, unsure of how to handle this little alien creature that now lived with me and depended on me for every little thing, but as she slowly grew I saw that she was really just another student...although one I was especially invested in. Starting with physical development, I saw skills developing that many parents don’t think to notice. “She crossed midline!” when she grabbed her left foot with her