School Starts on Monday

For the entire family!  That’s right – I finally (yesterday) landed a teaching job as a science teacher in a middle school about half an hour from home.  I have orientation and teacher work day on Friday and  then we are off and running on Monday!  I’m not exactly ready, especially as my new laptop has stopped working and all my electronic science files, lesson plans and worksheets from my student teaching are on it!!  10345542_833634709980518_6284059354064378791_n

This is my new classroom. Kind of a clean slate, isn’t it?  It was a social studies room and they added a sink so it’s not quite a traditional science room.  I’ve only met one teacher (head of the science department) and the principal and they are both very nice and seem like they will be supportive.

I was a little taken aback at the salary – lower than a beginning teacher in our local district  by $5,000.  I hadn’t realized how much variation there is.  We will still be pinching pennies and are eligible for free lunch but we will have a regular source of income and benefits.  And I will have the satisfaction of being part of a community and team again (I missed that a lot while unemployed).

I want to thank all our friends and supporters who have helped us out in so many ways, not the least of which is just reading and commenting on the blog!  We couldn’t have made it without you.  Stay tuned for our adventures along this new path!

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23 Responses to School Starts on Monday

  1. bogart says:

    Out here thinking of you, hope all is going smoothly!

  2. Jeannette Sieh says:

    I have always envied your strength and plow through attitude, apparently it has paid off and maybe not in the way you would have liked and who knows what the future will be… but a big pat on your back as you never once gave up. The lesson you have taught your children is priceless
    Our finances have literally dried up do to a recent major life challenge, but I am still remembering to order through here for Amazon, after-all every penny works
    Our family keeps you in our prayers

  3. Peg says:

    WONDERFUL! A job, against the odds for anyone who might be over a certain age- You did it! You have what the principal and others are looking for in their school. No doubt it may be exciting and daunting at the same time, but you can handle it. What a relief having some steady income will be! Congratulations!!!! Wishing you and your family the best as you embark on your new career!

  4. Rachael Macry says:

    Wow, I go away for a few days, see what I miss!! What great news! 🙂 So so happy, and I hope this first week has been going well, and please don’t stop blogging. We all love you, through rough times and now hopefully, some good times. Congrats, yee haw, and woo hoo to you!

  5. Richard Moore says:

    Just discovered this wonderful news. Congratulations from long time reader/supporter. This is a wonderful new beginning and you have earned it many times over.

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  7. OMG!! I’m so happy for you and your family! Congratulations!! I’ve been reading your blog at least since 2008 and I’m so very happy–you’ve all come such a long way. Hallelujah!

    My husband is a teacher. He was laid off at the beginning of June (well, in March. CA is required to give teachers 90 days notice), we moved to SoCal to be with sick parents on both sides, and he was offered a job in mid-July…the pay was crappy but the benefits? Health insurance would have been 50% of his pay!!!! He turned it down and continues to interview (he also teaches science). We’re praying he’ll pull a last minute Hail Mary before school starts–someone is going to need a teacher, won’t they? Fingers crossed.

    Good luck to you. I know you’ll be great!!


  8. Mary Ann says:

    Longtime reader, first time commenting. Congratulations. You will do an amazing job in the classroom.

  9. Lynda says:

    Good for you! Congratulations! I start on Thursday, can’t wait!

  10. onefamily says:

    That is the BEST news! Congratulations to you. I’ve been a long time reader and am thrilled things are looking up for you. Enjoy your new job!

  11. bogart says:

    Yay! Congratulations, this is wonderful news, I’m sure aspects of it will be challenging, but I hope it will also have many joyful moments — and of course, practical and positive effects on your family’s ways-and-means.

  12. Dee says:

    Long time lurker—first time commenter.

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS. You deserve this success after all your efforts.

    Next, unasked for advice #1—consider putting a request for things you need for your classroom on I have donated to projects posted there and I like that my $$ is going to local kids and teachers who need and will use it!

    Unasked for advice #2—regarding your Dell. Is it new? This is a (very) long shot, but try: unplug the computer —> remove the battery —> hold down the “power on” key for a good 30 seconds —> put the battery back in and plug it back in. Then try turning it on again.

    My first laptop was a Dell, bought brand new (>10 years ago, wow, hadn’t realized it was that long!) and after working for a day or two, I couldn’t turn it on. Customer service walked me through the steps and said that it was a one time thing and the issue (static electricity? Or omething like that?) would not happen again, and it didn’t. Funnily enough, similar thing happened with my (first ever) (new) smartphone. Friend popped open the back, took out the battery, waited, replaced it and huh, it worked.

    Finally, and again, congrats. Your students are lucky to have you.

  13. amanda says:

    That is wonderful! Congratulations!!! Please consider applying for the NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers for next summer. It is a wonderful program.

  14. Maryl says:

    Saw this and thought of you and your bare-walled classroom. I know teaching is more your practical solution than your dream, but I do hope you find joy and satisfaction in it.

  15. Lisa M. says:

    OMG! I am so so so happy for you! Thank goodness for the benefits, and the community! And the steady income! Double and triple yay!

  16. Consuelo says:

    Wonderful news! I am a long time reader and couldn’t be happier about this for you and your family!

  17. Linda P. says:

    As others have said, you so deserve this opportunity and have deserved it for years!

  18. barbara says:

    I’m soooooooo HAPPY for you and the kids! 🙂

  19. Em says:

    Yay! I’ve been reading for a long time and couldn’t be happier for you! I also went back to get my teaching cert and it was the best decision. The first year is the tough one. After that it gets easier!

  20. Vesta says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! So happy to hear the good news!

  21. Jay says:

    Congrats congrats congrats!!! We have been pulling for you. Don’t worry about the starting salary, you can always find other opportunities to make extra from coaching, advising, or tutoring. Welcome back to the land of the fully employed.

  22. Laura says:

    Oh my gosh I am so happy to hear this!!! I have been reading you for years, and I’m so incredibly happy that this has worked out for you! The $5K difference is a bummer but being a part of the community again, as you mention – not to mention a foot in the door and experience on your resume in your new career – is invaluable! Happy new school year to all of you.

  23. sarah says:

    I am thrilled thrilled thrilled thrilled thrilled you deserve it and these are some lucky kids!

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