Monday, October 25, 2010
Things Change -- and Sometimes It's a Good Thing
Let me start with a story. Years ago there was a little girl named Mary. Mary loved to play school, but she always had to be the teacher. And since she was the oldest of four girls, she most always got her way. >>>>> Fast Forward. Mary goes to college, and has to decide what her major will be. It's not an easy decision -- will it be elementary ed. or accounting. Since all the economists were projecting a bad future for teachers and good careers for accountants, Mary decides to major in accounting. >>>>>>>> Fast Forward again. Mary graduates, and gets a job in accounting. But soon the job involves wearing many hats. She does customer service, marketing, web design, and some accounting. And suddenly her company is sold, and Mary must go with the new company. Many days, Mary isn't happy, but she trudges along. But life gives you many bum deals, and one November Thursday morning when Mary gets to work, she is informed that her job has been eliminated and she is laid off as of 10 minutes ago. She is to pack her stuff and go home. Mary is in shock, but has a good cry and then picks herself up, dusts herself off and prepares to move on. But she doesn't find a new job. Most jobs don't pay what she made before, and some even tell her that she is overqualified. So, she becomes more active in the schools that her kids attend. She goes to help out with learning centers in her son's class and chaperons school field trips. She talks to administrators about new learning options for her son. And she becomes his greatest advocate. She builds friendships with her children's teachers. And one day, she learns that her son's aide will not be returning. So Mary researches what she needs to do to qualify as her son's aide. But she doesn't have the necessary qualifications. Just when she thinks there's no hope for a future in education, she learns that our local Intermediate Unit offers a class whereby she can obtain her Certificate for Emergency Substitute Teaching. Mary signs up for the class, pays the fee, and then waits for the class to be offered. In the meantime, she obtains all the clearances that will be required, and talks to the guidance counselor (a former high school classmate) and the administrators (some of whom she had as teachers in school) about the possibility of substitute teaching in our school district. And finally, she gets the call that the class is full and is scheduled for October 12 and 13. Mary makes all the necessary arrangements for her kids, and takes the class. She gets the physical and TB test that is required, and submits her paperwork. Last Friday, she received her certificate in the mail. And last night at 10:00 pm, she got a phone call asking her if she could sub for the teacher that her daughter had last year. And so, today my daughter's life is undergoing a serious, but exciting change. She's returning to a career in education in the school district where she began her education. And, her mother's heart is bursting with pride to see her daughter set a goal and then work to achieve that goal. Today, life makes a big change, and for sure, it's a good one.