5 year plans coming to fruition
I have been rather silent in my blogging the last several months mainly because I was so overwhelmed that I had to not do something, and blogging was it.
You see, 5 years ago this month I ran for my local school board. (I know, I know, why do you care but there is a point to this). It was for an open seat, the member who was retiring had been on the board for many years and was an amazing and powerful woman who demanded success of the schools and worked tirelessly to achieve that. Very large shoes to fill, but I was passionate about education and from the private sector I felt this was the best way I could be involved.
Short story. I lost.
I came in third behind two very strong women who had lived in the community for many years and had many thousands of contacts and involvements. I lost to two very good candidates.
Losing was the best thing that happened to me! Losing got my name out there as someone who was interested in contributing and helping, not tearing down. I became a board member of what was then the Education Collaborative. I served on committees and worked my fanny off.
Until one day I realized that I did not want to be a committee member, I really wanted to be a teacher. “Self,” I said, “it is time to either poo or get off the pot.” So I did. Three years ago this month I quit my job, that I loved and enjoyed, and went back to school at UNR‘s department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning to get my teaching credentials. [I loved the department and the courses, and had a tremendous time learning. Probably one of the few people who won't bash the education department it seems.]
This May, I graduated with my Masters in Education. That is the reason I was so behind in my blogging, because I was fulfilling what was in the end a 5 year plan. To become a teacher was a journey that lasted 5 years, and it was worth every second of the pain and agony of the trip.
Granted, I have been teaching now for 2 years with the Washoe County School District and am still on many committees (LOL) but the trip is over with the M.Ed.
Where do I go from here? Time for a new 5 year plan.