As you may know, I have been volunteering teaching ESL to adults for six years. This past year I have had the opportunity to sub for a teacher a few times, as no sub was available through the school district. I found that I really enjoyed this. I love volunteering here. I love the students, and the staff are great to work with. And they love me, and always tell me how much they appreciate what I do.
I have been trying to figure out what to do with my life. I'm not ready to adopt another pet, and I actually miss having a career. I miss that feeling of accomplishment. I miss feeling good about myself. And of course, the money doesn't hurt either! I asked the teacher I work with if there is a program where I could learn how to do this without having to get another college degree. I already have a Masters teaching degree in early childhood and early childhood special education. She suggested Hamline University.
So I did some research, talked to some people, and here are the results: I can get a certificate in Adult Basic Education/ESL from Hamline, which is 12 credits and all online. Then since I let my license lapse five years ago, I can use these credits to renew it. I know that some school districts require an Adult Basic Education (ABE) license to do this, of which is only offered at the U at this time and is 24 credits and not online. Hamline is looking into offering the license for the future. So I figure after my 12 credits, I can renew my license and sub, getting some experience. So if I have to get an ABE license, I can do that later, my credits will transfer.
I hope this works out. I am excited about it and surprised I didn't think of it sooner. But I think I was so consumed with Chocolate, his problems, and then his death, I couldn't think of anything else. And I was writing. I hope to finish editing this summer and then self-publish through Amazon as a kindle book. This is free, they just take part of the proceeds, if any. I can always republish later if anyone ever actually picks it up.
I have been writing for 10 years, and need a break. I want a "normal" career. I miss teaching, and I love it, and I am good at it. But I can't physically handle little ones, nor ones with disabilities, and I am tired of trying to stop behavior issues. That was the worst!
So we shall see. I could sure use your continuing prayers. I know I can't do this on my own. I have a tendency to make bad decisions, on impulse. I liked this meme as I could relate. I have many jobs and none I want back! Except for teaching. You ever have a feeling when you are doing something and it is not you, you somehow manage to rise above yourself and surprise yourself? That is how I feel when I am teaching.