To my Hereford high school students who may have wondered why I suddenly disappeared:
I was offered a long-term substitute job at Institute of Notre Dame, a Catholic girls school in Baltimore teaching engineering and physics. I'm starting on Monday(?!) going through June, so it's unlikely that I'll be subbing for Hereford anytime for the rest of this school year.
To blame for me leaving Hereford are all the students that were in my classes when I was filling in for Ms. Watkins. (Ok, well, most of my students. . . glowers at TJ) I loved teaching you all and it was the happiest time of my professional career. You are a fantastic lot; hilarious, eager to learn, polite, fun, and basically wonderful. I loved being a part of your lives, seeing you grow day to day, and trying to teach you and get you excited about stuff.
Yet as much as I love seeing you all, being a substitute for a day is a bit of a drag, even at a great school like Hereford. You know how substitute days go: a worksheet is passed out, students do the worksheet, the substitute wanders around and makes sure nothing gets lit on fire. I've found I love teaching and I want to get better at it - being a day substitute isn't getting me closer to that goal.
I don't know when or if I'll be back at Hereford. I may be back as a day sub in the fall of 2018, but I'd rather have a full-time job where I get to work with the same students every day. I'd love to have a full-time job teaching at Hereford (and I've said to the administration how much I want to work there), but there needs to be an opening that I am a good fit for, so who knows when that will happen.
So I guess it's 'goodbye, for now'? It breaks my heart to say it, but that's where things are. I was so lucky to work with you and get to know you and be part of your lives even for a few weeks and I will always remember you and my time there fondly. I hope I get to work with you again. If you see me around town, please come up and say hi. Please email me to let me know how you're doing.
I'll miss you. Be good.
(And yes, this is my long dormant blog that I started before some of you were born. Ooof. The blog is. . . fine? I love writing about games, videogames, and all that stuff. I don't want to read too much of my old posts in fear of being embarrassed to the point of mortification, but I'm sure people will find some hilariously poorly written work.)