Image from Ludmila Crigan-Mihajlovic via Lindsey Fowler
It almost seems to early to be saying this. It has only been three days. However, the days have not been easy and I have had a real taste of what my job is going to be like day in, day out, and so I feel like I can say with some confidence, that Allelujah ! I love it.
I am also completely OVERWHELMED.
And a little SCARED.
And HOLY SHITE.
What do I love about it?
First of all, the kids. I currently have ten kids on my caseload, 3 Kindergartners and 7 third graders, but it is growing. They are all children of color, mostly African American but with a few Latinos/ Latinas. They are affectionate, super bright, full of personality kiddos. All of their challenges and strengths are different and getting to know them has been so much fun. I get hugs!!!
The teachers and staff in the school have been incredibly supportive and encouraging. I have spent the first week trying to gauge what they need from me, what works best for different teachers etc. They all seem to be very flexible and easy to work with.
The commute is not ideal (40+ minutes and sometimes heavy urban traffic) but absolutely doable.
The feeling of having worked for two and a half years on something that was stressful and challenging but that ultimately led to me getting a meaningful job that I enjoy and that I feel is so important and that "pays in money", as Ezra likes to put it, is an incredible feeling.
Thank you to all my friends and family who gave me any support be it in the form of a hug, a listening ear, a word of encouragement etc.
I feel so grateful.