I got a teaching job! Yay! I'll be teaching Pre-K at North Shore Christian School in the nearby town of Lynn. I've been talking with this private school since about March and we thought that I'd be teaching 1st grade. But due to low enrollment the 1st grade job became unavailable, so they offered me the Pre-K job. This classroom is known as a "satellite" and is completely separated from the main school. The classroom is located in a church and the space is shared with the Sunday School at the church. To be honest, when I first saw the room I almost turned around and walked away from the job. It was dirty and messy and I had a hard time seeing the potential, not to mention that I was wary about being separated from the main school. When I got home Curt talked some sense into me and reminded me that this preschool is really a ministry to the city of Lynn. These children are getting an opportunity to go to preschool that they may not have had otherwise. That sold me....and it's amazing what a little organizing and elbow grease will do to a classroom. I was even more encouraged when a mom decided to keep her child at my site instead of transferring her to the main campus after she saw the change in the classroom.
Around the same time I accepted the teaching job, my church approached me about working part-time in their Children's Ministry. Our church recently started up a new site slightly west of downtown Boston, in the neighborhood of Chestnut Hill. They were in need of someone to head up their children's ministry at the new site. The job sounded like such a great fit, and after some prayer and thinking, I accepted that job also. So now I have two jobs!
In retrospect, it was probably not the wisest idea to start two new jobs at pretty much the exact same time....but I'm so happy with both jobs. It will definitely be a lot of work, but I'm just so excited to be doing something that I actually want to do. It's already been a bit overwhelming, but I'm thankful that I have an amazing aid and am just taking it one day at a time.
Here are some before and after pictures of my classroom...
Before: view from door
Before: view from back of the classroom
After view 1
After view 2
Before: nap time room
Aaahhh organized supplies....nothing better!
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