Monday, August 23, 2010

And so it begins

After 7 years of being a stay at home mom, I am now gainfully employed. I have a position as a teacher in a preschool program at a local church. Princess Blondie went to preschool there last year. At the graduation ceremony at the end of the year, I told her teacher that I would be looking for work in the fall, and to let me know if she would need any additional help. Well, she let me know. They have added another class this year. What can I say, it truly is all about networking and who you know. All I know is that I thank my lucky stars I don't have to go on a job hunt and that I already love the people that I will work with. 

I am also incredibly nervous. I go between bouts of  "I can do this. It's only preschool. I graduated at the top of my class for this very purpose. I know what I'm doing," to "Holy cow, I'm so nervous. What if a parent yells at me? What if a kid pukes all over my room, or worse yet, all over me? What if I forget everything I ever learned? What if the kids stage a coup and take over the room? Will I ever get a handle on that copy machine?"

 In addition to being somewhere on the nervous/confident spectrum, I am definitely excited. Finally, I can put my degree to good use. I am passionate about giving kids a quality preschool experience. Also, I will be able to make payments on my own student loans and DH won't have to. I can pay for karate lessons and gymnastics class (for the kiddos, most definitely not for me).

I only work part time so I can still babysit for my sister when she works. I can still volunteer in the kids school (that's how I keep tabs on what's really going on).  I can drive them around to karate and gymnastics and Scouts and be home to get them on and off the bus.

I'm beginning to feel exhausted just reading all of that. On top of it all, DH is leaving for tech school in two weeks. He will be gone for about 2 months. I'm not super excited about that, but it is what it is.

The preschool meet and greet is tonight. Wish me luck!

11 comments:

  1. Hi :) I found your blog not very long ago. I've always wanted to live in Alaska so thought it might be fun to read about people living in Alaska!
    I hope your meet and greet goes well tonight :) I understand the nerves....I'm going to school after being a stay at home mom for 18 yrs.
    Blessings!

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  2. You go girl!!!! You can do it....rah rah rah!!! I am so excited for you! You will do great!!

    Karin

    PS~ We still miss you here in Goldsboro <3

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  3. Yeah Beth!!! Hope it went great!!! Makes me wish there were more dairy farms in AK so we could have you for Ellies preschool teacher!!
    Love ya!!

    Amber & the rest of the DeZeeuw Famooly

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  4. N &amp; O&#39;s grandmaAugust 23, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Beth, you are going to be great at your new job. Everything is a learning curve. I feel nervous every year.

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  5. OK, Beth, my profile name came out dumb. It is me, Adam's mom, Liz.

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  6. You will be an incredible preschool teacher!

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  7. Thanks so much everyone! The meet and greet when splendidly. I will have a lot of boys in my class, so well, just pray for me ;)

    JanMarie, thanks for following my blog! I'm always so excited when I find out someone actually reads this thing! Good luck going back to school. You definitely have a leg up going as a non-traditional student (that's what my college liked to call us non 18-22 year olds). As my Psych professor said, we are about 700% more motivated than the traditional students ;)

    Karin, thanks for the cheer ;) I miss you too!

    Amber, I wish I could have Ellie in my class. How fun would that be. Plus I would just LOVE to live near you!

    Liz, thanks for the kind words. It's good to know that even those who have been teaching for years still get nervous.

    Mom, thanks so much. I love you ;)

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  8. Congratulations Beth! You will be a wonderful teacher... Lucky, lucky kids! Aunt Linda

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  9. You can do it, you can do it, you're the well, can't say man but you know what I mean! lol so excited for you. You will be a great teacher!!

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  10. Congrats on securing such a good position so close to home!!
    I know you'll do well and the kids can't help but love you

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