My Real Life

July 27, 2010

Ch, ch, ch, ch, Changes

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 12:49 pm

So, I believe I’ve mentioned before that I’m an Instructional Leader for Math and Science at our local middle school.

I went back to get a second masters and a Principal’s certificate a few years ago, and was headed up the administrative ladder.

I’ve done this job for two years, now.

I’m detailed, organized, and pretty good at what I do.

However, I miss kids.

I miss the Eureka! moments in the classroom.

I miss the interaction between teacher and student and the relationships that form.

I miss the every day angst of the middle schooler.

I miss everything about teaching.

So, at the end of the school year, I told my principal that if a position became available, I’d love to go back to the classroom.

To say she was shocked is an understatement.

I like what I do now.

I loved every day when I was teaching.

I’m not willing to settle.

People think I’m crazy.

I could make much more money as an administrator, but it’s not worth my happiness.

Every day, I think of a new way to teach Social Studies or a new lesson or a different way to use technology in the classroom.

I’m itching to get my hands dirty and to get back in the trenches with the kids.

And so, in September, I leave my nice, comfy, air conditioned office with the big comfy chair for this…

A second floor sauna of a classroom, with no air and a broken chair.  (they just waxed the floors…don’t worry, there are desks for the kids as well)

And I can’t wait.


  1. Good for you! Those kids are so lucky to have a teacher like you! I just wish all teachers could show the same love and fervor as you do!

    Comment by Amy Johnson — July 27, 2010 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

  2. You are exactly what angsty middle school students need.

    Comment by Brenna — July 27, 2010 @ 10:11 pm | Reply

  3. This is wonderful. I applaud you for making such a difficult but fulfilling decision.

    Comment by Julie Ramseyer — July 28, 2010 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  4. As a parent all I can say is “thank God.”

    Comment by James — July 29, 2010 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

    • Aw, thanks Jimmy! 🙂

      Comment by abozza — July 29, 2010 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

  5. Congrats Amy! So important to follow your passion. Happiness is much more valuable than a bigger paycheck.

    Comment by Mi — July 29, 2010 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

  6. Congrats Amy! So important to follow your passion. Happiness is much more valuable than a bigger paycheck!

    Comment by Michaela Potter — July 29, 2010 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

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