10.24.2006

Deja Vous


I don’t know how I ever thought I would escape this. I don’t know how I had the audacity to believe it wouldn’t be me… or perhaps I was just oblivious. I shouldn’t have been, though. My mom was a teacher. 2 Aunts were teachers. My uncle worked in education administration. My cousin went on to be a teacher. My other cousin is doing Master’s work in education. That cousin’s brother just married a teacher. Another Aunt now works post-retirement in a school as a resource aid. Her husband, my uncle, does admin work at a college… And I thought I’d do something different? When I moved to Rock Island I needed a job to support ministry… I became a Kindergarten teacher… apparently you don’t need training to do this. And somehow it all just fell into place. I was a teacher. After 2 years of that I decided I would step out of school setting full time. However, a music teacher job found me.

I made NO effort to pursue the position. Heard about it from 3 random people, the last was someone who actually took the job and then quit it and thought I should take it. Somehow it ended up finding me… and I taught it for three years. I quit that position in ’05 and went on to teach private lessons full time. And here I am at the door of a school again... that same school… same job.

I have an excellent relationship with the school. LOVE the students. LOVE the teachers. Outstanding atmosphere. I just didn’t know if I’d be in the area long and wanted to be fair to them, so I resigned my position a school year ago.

A week ago the current music teacher quit. So I told the principle I’d be happy to fill the position until someone was found. However, knowing that the Christmas program (oh yes, the Christmas program) was upon us, no one would walk into a job in the middle of that. I knew I would be helping indefinitely and have the ability to do so. However, the principle called this morning and said, “I’d like to talk to you about possibly taking the job.” And I’m back in school again.

I haven’t said yes. I will ask for a few weeks. I don’t love elementary. However, I have always loved the idea of having current experience with a wide range of ages. And what it comes down to is education in the arts and that is what I’m completely sold on.

I’m just surprised to find myself here… again… for a job I’ve tried not to have… twice.

5 comments:

Todd & Micah said...

Hmm...is that you God?

Lets' switch. You can have my middle schoolers and I'll take the elementary kids :)

Trisha Miller said...

i was listening to NPR today at work and thought of you.

I learned that shingles is from the same virus as chicken pox that stays in your system throughout your whole life.

THANKS NPR!

Staci said...

Hey, I looked down at my pants today to see that I have the "Shorty Holes" in my pants from the wear and tear of being a short person.

We need to have that movie nite sometime because I don't want to hang out with my mom anymore! PLEASE help.

Holly said...

OHMIGOSH!!!!!!! I feel like such a loser missing your last post when I was specifically addressed!!! Last week was the week from you know where.... turning on my comfort radio at 7;15 and hearing the shameless begging was almost more than I could bear! So does pledging make me an official liberal??? BTW- did you catch Diane Reme's discussion with Bush's old Faith Based guy? RIVETING!!!!!

theReynoldsFam said...

ah, destiny...when we aren't looking for it, it finds us.
congrats!
looking forward to all the cute kindergarten kid stories!!

every time spencer rolls to where i've asked him to go, i think of you and your many stories! -i just never thought one of those kids would be mine. :-D