There are moments in your life that you look back, and wonder, what was I thinking? Then, there are other moments in your life when you look back, you realize you were at a crossroad… a transformative fork in the road of your life. I was at this very fork 6 months ago, and I took the path less traveled (for me, at least).
In May, a fork in my road of life suddenly appeared. At that moment, I didn’t realize how transformative this decision would be for me. I was offered two different career opportunities. First, I was offered a leadership position at the school where I currently worked. Then, I was offered a 5th grade math position at a Title 1 school. I took the path that I had not traveled in a while.
Today, six months later, I see how, in so many ways, I am a better version of the teacher I was six months ago. Don’t take me wrong, I was a good teacher. I have always had high expectations for myself. Today, I look at me and see an even better teacher… but I am striving to be even better still.
Here is how I am better:
1. My job is important! First and foremost, I have reestablished the importance of the job as teacher and the value my excellence offers my students.
2. Other colleagues’ knowledge is invaluable to the development of my own expertise.
3. My voice is powerful and worth sharing.
I didn’t realize how I would be transformed when I decided to take the 5th grade math position at Sigler Elementary School. Today, six month later, I am proud of the improvements I’ve made, and I can’t wait to see how I continue to develop and change.
In Robert Frost’s words, “I took the path less traveled, and it made all the difference.”