Subbing for eighth grade is not for the faint of heart. I guarantee you I did not have this smile on my face the last two hours of school, and I most certainly did not by the time I got home. It was a brutal day.
I don't know why I took this pic, other than to send to my husband, whom I usually don't see all day long. A habit that's a remnant of having spent a long time apart, where selfies were treasured immensely because that's all we had. That and the phone, sometimes several hours a day.
I am looking to become a middle school teacher. Some folks think I am insane for aspiring to work with kids who can be exceptionally ungrateful for their opportunities to learn, but I feel that middle schoolers provide enough of a challenge to keep one on their toes.
I am very well educated, I'm just not able to be a certified teacher--yet. Yes, I do have a massive amount of writing behind me, but I've found the writing life is full of uncertainty and that--after about four years--got old. Very. I want to be able to make a life for me and my children without counting on the maybe jobs month after month year after year. The type of freelance writing I do--technical and non-fiction--is non-existent where I live. I am sure there are those that telecommute, but they have more experience than I and are highly specialized. Freelancing is far more stressful--to me--than teaching school.
I am hoping to become an assistant next year and segway into the assistant-to-teacher program through the University of Mississippi. Substituting provides me a way of getting to know the administrators, other teachers, general atmosphere and students. When a family situation needs to be taken care of, I can always answer my phone in the morning and say no--that's always good. After two years of underemployment (which was a serious drag on the self-esteem) I am so grateful to be working it shows on my face.
So wish me luck as I strive to become a middle school teacher making a difference. Yes, I'd teach English, but I'll be happy with whatever they give me.
Bring it on.