Saturday, May 3, 2014

Saturday Celebrations...A New Beginning

Thank you to Ruth Ayres for providing this space to share the celebrations in our lives.  I am finding that looking for the celebrations gives me a much more positive attitude as I go through my week.  I invite you to visit Ruth's blog to read other celebrations.

A New Beginning...

I received a text from our literacy coach late Tuesday morning congratulating me on my new job.  I knew exactly what she was talking about, but I hadn't heard anything official.  I couldn't wait to get my kids to lunch so I could talk to my principal.  

I scurried (trying to remain calm) into her office and asked if she had heard anything.  She looked at me puzzled and said, "I don't think I'm supposed to say yet."  

"Well, I'm getting congratulatory texts."  I told her.

She brought me back to her office and told me it was official.  I am going to be the literacy coach and teach KLIP (Kindergarten Literacy Intervention Program) next year in my  building.  I gave her a great big hug...I'm not sure she's the hugging type, but I wasn't thinking about that at the time.

I have been smiling since.  This opportunity is one I've wanted for a long time.  I didn't think I'd ever get to coach and had told myself that I had plenty of other opportunities to work with adults through workshops, CAWP, and writing.  

I am excited and nervous at the same time.  I love the people I work with and I want to do this job right.  

As for the KLIP job that I'll be doing the other half of my day, I am looking forward to working with our youngest readers and writers.  I loved my experience in first grade, so I know that I'm going to love this part of my job too.  The extra bonus is that I get to work with my good friend.  

I know I'll  miss my fourth graders and their independence, but I will still get to work with them in a different capacity.  In fact, now I'll get to work with all the grade levels.  And, I've already got kids asking me if we are going to do Digital Writing Club again next year.  I guess we know the answer to that one!  

If you have any suggestions/ideas for books to read, blogs to follow, or people to connect with to help me prepare for this next phase in my professional life, please leave a comment.  My wheels are already spinning with ideas of people whose brains I need to pick.  

I hope your week is filled with many things to celebrate.  


  1. Congratulations! Your teachers are lucky to have you!

  2. Congratulations Julie! How exciting for you. Change is always scary but exhilarating too! I know you will do a fantastic job! I can't to read as you share this new celebration with us!

  3. Congratulations! I am excited for you as well as your new opportunities for collaboration. I would suggest following Jon Finess an amazing kindergarten teacher in MT.

  4. Being a literacy coach does mean "all" the grade levels, a big learning experience for me, Julie. Congratulations! I used a few books but the best help always has been joining Choice Literacy. Terrific support there!

  5. Julie, so excited for you! Choice Literacy is my "go-to" coach since we don't have the luxury of coaches in our district. I think they have a coaching workshop this summer, and they have a new subscription package for coaches. Have a fabulous time on your new adventure.

  6. Julie,
    Congrats! You bring so much expertise to the position. So happy for you! My advice would be (like others have mentioned) Choice Literacy, Jennifer Allen, Heather Rader to name a few. Most importantly, take time to build relationships and connections first.

  7. So exciting! Congratulations! You'll be awesome in this position!

  8. Congratulations! I'm assuming you will be staying at the same school so you will be comfortable there. The job sound exciting, especially if you have strong support. You will have a busy summer learning.

  9. So great. I think coaching people is so critical. I like to think of it as teacher reflection assistance.

  10. How wonderful! Congratulations! It's such a blessing when dreams come true. :-)

  11. Congratulations! You will love coaching - there are tons of great resources out there. We love Jen Allen's work, Lead Literacy, and Heather Radar's blog just to mention a few. So exciting!
    Clare and Tammy


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