In August 2010 I stepped into Kinsey Elementary School for what I thought was going to be the longest, most painful, 16 weeks of my life. After graduating college with a dual degree in special education and elementary education, I had to complete 16 weeks of student teaching…8 weeks in Mrs. Newberry’s 2nd grade classroom and 8 weeks in Mrs. Martinet’s special education classroom.
Most recent graduates look forward to getting into the classroom to teach. Me on the other hand, I was dreading it. I realized that I had no desire to be a teacher. I felt like I had learned nothing in my time at NAU. Was I really certified to do this?
My first 8 weeks ended up being a huge learning experience and I fell in love with the classroom, the teacher, and the students. Mrs. Newberry became a mother figure and an amazing mentor teacher. I was shocked at how much I had enjoyed my time spent in the classroom. My second 8 weeks in special education, unfortunately did not match up to Mrs. Newberry’s class. I struggled to make it through. But, to my surprise…I was offered a job to replace Mrs. Martinet while she was on maternity leave. So there I was…spending more time in that classroom I really had no desire to be in.
From March 2011 to June 9, 2011…I took over the classroom. Today was my last day.
I feel I have accomplished a lot this past year. I am happy to say I have taught, but I am even happier to say…I will not be continuing my future as a special ed. teacher.
No way. Not for me!
It was a bittersweet goodbye as tears formed in Mrs. Newberry’s eyes. I could tell she was proud of how far I have come. She has seen me since day one at that school and been with me every step of the way. I have her to thank for an amazing time spent at Kinsey Elementary. I couldn’t have made it without her. She is really the reason I will step back into that school with pride.
Time to enjoy a few months of summer :]
Then…off to grad school in hopes that I find what I REALLY want to do with my life.
Kinsey Elementary School – Arizona