Yes, you can call me “2 jobs” now as I have officially picked up a new position as the Children’s Ministry Music Director at a local church. For now, I am only working with the kids on Sunday evenings but I will be running the music portion of Vacation Bible School over the summer and then starting a weekly music program next school year. I am very excited about this new position, because I will be working mostly with pre-K to fifth grade students. I spend every school day with grades six through eight and then get to work with ninth through twelfth graders during show choir season, so now I will be teaching music to every single age level! I had missed working with younger students and was looking for a way to become more involved in the church when this opportunity presented itself. I do not tend to be very vocal (pun-intended) about my religious views, because it is something I am working on being more comfortable talking about, but every day I wear a ring that says “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” I know that taking on this new position will be time consuming, but I know there is a reason the position was given to me and that God has a plan for it. I have been welcomed into this large, new church with open arms. I am very grateful to have been chosen for this position and I cannot wait to see what I can do with these kids.
“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”
In addition to this new job, this week I attended a Phi Mu alumnae meeting at Northern Kentucky University where the “Rho Nu” chapter will be opening this Fall. I cannot wait to become involved with my sorority again, to meet new wonderful women and help them understand the importance of love, honor and truth.
If you knew me in college or high school then you are probably well aware that I am an extreme “Type-A Personality”. I have always had my hand in every pot, as they say, and I get bored very easily. Next Fall I will be teaching full-time at the middle school, starting a new middle school show choir, working as the Assistant Director for our high school’s show choir, working as the Children’s Ministry Music Director and volunteering for Phi Mu. I feel so lucky that I am able to be involved in all of these things and I am very much looking forward to this upcoming school year.
Additionally, I have FINALLY PASSED THE DISILLUSIONMENT PHASE OF TEACHING! For those who missed my earlier post where I mentioned these stages, I have once again attached the lovely “Stages of First Year Teachers” graph. I was actually excited to come back from Spring Break (rejuvenation phase) and am now entering the reflecting stage, constantly thinking of ways I could change or improve my program next year. It is so nice to come to school feeling competent and confident, because I honestly thought I was going to be stuck in the disillusionment phase forever. Good luck to all of my college friends who will be entering their first year of teaching next year. It is stressful and intense, but rewarding and fun. I hope to be able to write more as the school year wraps up and summer begins (YAY). For now, I wish all of my college and teaching friends a great end to the school year!