If you don’t follow Boxcarkids on facebook you might have missed this – I have been admitted to the IU program Transition to Teaching (or T2T) beginning this summer, and landed a part-time job with the local prosecutor’s office.
The teaching program is only one year long – classes this summer, then classes and two days of classroom observation in the fall and then full-time student teaching (plus one class) in the spring. I’m getting my certification so that I can teach science (Earth/Space focus) in grades 5 through 12. I’m looking into adding English as a Second Language (ESL) certification concurrently. There were many more students applying than they had room for this year so I’m glad I got a spot. Most of the other students are recent grads in other subjects adding teaching certification or Master’s Degree students doing the same. There are a few (very few) older adults – a lawyer who was a public defender and an older woman returning to school whose previous profession is unknown to me. But I think I’m the oldest! I was invited to the orientation for the program before receiving my letter of admission (still outstanding) so I don’t know yet whether I will receive any financial aid. I hope to hear soon about that.
We don’t get to choose our school placement – we write an application that is part resume, part job application and part sales pitch that the program head takes around to schools in the area. The schools get to pick who they want. I’m hoping (and writing my application with that sort of slant) to be placed in a high school in Columbus (about 45 minutes away) that is a problem based learning academy because that style of teaching appeals to me (hence the textbooks I’ve added to the Boxcarkids Amazon.com wishlist). They have an interest in enviromental sciences so that would be a good fit. But I could end up anywhere. They do try to place you within about an hour’s drive (and you can’t go to the school you graduated from so I won’t be in my kids’ schools).
I’ll admit I decided to apply for this program because I was feeling a bit at the end of my rope and it seemed like it might be the way to get back into the workforce. But I wasn’t feeling very enthusiastic about it – returning to school at my age just seemed like such an uphill battle! After attending orientation the other evening I have to say I’m feeling a little more excited about the program and am looking forward to being a part of it. I do wish my highschooler was taking Physics next year so we could study together though!
Job-wise I applied for a part-time job with the local prosecutor’s office and interviewed for the position on April 5th. They offered me the job on April 10th and I started on the 11th! It doesn’t pay well at all ($8/hr, a salary I last made nearly 30 years ago) but the schedule is good – just mornings Monday through Thursday right now and the work is relatively interesting. I’ll mainly be dealing with the traffic and minor infraction diversion program – that’s where you agree to take classes and pay fines and your ticket doesn’t appear on your record where it will just cost you more in insurance. There’s a lot (too much) of paperwork involved as well as some new computer programs to learn and a new language of acronyms and technical terms. It will pay for the phone and utility bills at our new house but not much else so I’m continuing my sales rep job as well. I’m not the best salesperson but am hoping to improve!
So, along with our new baby goat (and soon new pigs), new house (more about that later), I’ve got a new job and new school program to juggle! And of course the four old kids 😉 It will be a busy summer. Oh, yeah, and there’s a garden in the mix as well! Buy stock in coffee – demand is going up!