Everyone's going back to school.
Atlanta Public Schools went back on August 1.
The kids I nanny went back last week.
Illinois kids went back this week.
Everyone's going back to school.
This will be my second full year out of the classroom.
I quit teaching after the 2014-2015 school year. And in the fall of 2015, I found myself doing a two week subbing gig at my old school until they could hire another teacher. When we moved to Atlanta in 2016, I found myself filling in for 3 months a teacher who had to leave suddenly.
I left the classroom in 2015 because I was exhausted. I was unhappy. I was underpaid. I was sick all the time. I was stressed out all the time.
When I finished the 2015-2016 school year with two subbing gigs under my belt, I knew teaching was definitely not for me.
The class size didn't matter.
I had 34 students. I had 17 students. I had 6 students. Class size didn't matter. I was done.
The type of school didn't matter.
I worked in the inner city. I worked in the suburbs. I was done.
The grade didn't matter. I tried kindergarten, second grade, and third grade. I was done.
People often ask me if I miss the classroom.
And they ask me if I will ever go back.
I do miss the classroom.
I miss spending time with my mom making my classroom super special for my kiddos.
I miss reading children's literature. I miss starting the school year with "No David!"
I miss reading Eric Carle books.
I miss Writing Workshop.
I miss seeing enormous growth from the first day of school-kids that didn't know how to hold a pencil who became students writing paragraphs at the end of the year.
I miss math! Math songs! Number games! Teaching number sense!
I miss making things! I miss the holiday crafts.
But I will never go back to the classroom.
I do not miss being a crazy person from 7 AM to 6 PM and beyond.
I do not miss things falling off my wall over the weekend.
I do not miss not being able to go to the bathroom throughout the day.
I do not miss canceled preps and surprise lunch duties.
I do not miss indoor recess.
I do not miss being sick all the time. I do not miss pink eye, the flu, strep throat, throat infections, and the constant anxiety. The weekly panic attacks. The constant flow of medications I was on.
I do not miss working to make money to spend on clothes I only wore to work.
I do not miss working to make money to spend on supplies for my work.
I do not miss Sunday Scaries.
I do not miss staff meeting.
I do not miss feeling helpless. I do not miss feeling like I wasn't in control of my day or my life.
I do not miss feeling unhappy all the time.
I do not miss yelling because I didn't know what to do.
I do not miss feeling like a failure.
I do not miss coming home stressed and picking a fight with Paul.
I do not miss coming home and doing more work.
Last week I had the opportunity to visit my friend's classroom and read with children.
It was a great 90 minutes.
It felt great to be able to work with kids one on one.
And then, when I had to go to the bathroom, I got to get up and go while she continued to teach.
And then, when my time was done, I got to get up and leave and go do something for me. (I ate a giant salad and listened to a podcast.)
Teaching was not for me. I have the utmost respect for teachers who find joy in their job. We need great teachers. Teaching was not for me.
I'm proud of myself for taking a leap of faith.
I'm proud of myself for not sticking to a job just because my degree was in that field.
I'm proud of myself for using my teaching skills with my coaching business.
I'm proud of myself for being flexible and finding a way to create happiness and wealth in my life.
I'm proud of myself for connecting with other women, learning from other women, and teaching and coaching other women!
Taking a leap of faith is scary. I know it was the right thing for me. I'm not going back to the classroom.
If you are going back to the classroom and kinda dreading it, I feel ya. I mentor former teachers that have left the classroom and are trying to figure out what to do with their lives, how to find something they are passionate about, how to make $$$ while not being sick and angry all the time.
Coaching is a serious option for teachers that still want to help people but do not want to be stuck in a single room all day.
Reach out and let me know:
1. Why do you want to leave the classroom?
2. What do you love about teaching?
3. Have you ever taught adults? In what capacity?