Exactly one year ago, somewhere between Billings and Glendive, (before I puked in the park) I decided that I didn’t want to be a teacher anymore. After Stella and I arrived in Bismarck that night I wrote a blog called Wherever You Might Call Me beginning my summer of desperately trying to figure out where my life was going.
Eventually I got to a point where I was applying for jobs in both Missoula and Bozeman and wherever I got a job first was where I was going to move back to at the end of the summer. In my job application process, I reluctantly applied for a longterm sub position teaching 6th grade at the school I worked at in Bozeman before I moved to St. Regis. I was offered that position pieced together with being back as a para in the Life Skills program. I was not excited. I felt like I was exactly back to where I had started, that my time in St. Regis didn’t matter.
I moved back here at the start of the school year confused, lost, and a little bitter about having to work in someone else’s classroom. Until my angel Garrett reminded me that Special Education is my calling and at that moment I was exactly where I needed to be. I recommitted to pursuing my Masters for Special Ed and will complete it before the end of 2019. I decided my dream was to one day have my own classroom and run my own Life Skills program.
I have a firm belief that The Plan is The Plan, and we’re all just here to go where we’re called. The Plan was for me to be a para in Life Skills this year so I could take a leadership role on the team. The Plan was for me to work on my Masters while not having to teach full time.
The Plan was for me to at the very last minute accept an offer to be the classroom teacher in the Life Skills Program for the 2019-2020 school year. I did it. I achieved my dream.
I could not be more proud, excited, or nervous about the journey I am about to embark on. My heart is filled with gratitude for the people who have helped, loved, and supported me on my way to where I am.
Go in peace. The mission you are on is under the eye of the Lord. Judges 18:6