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.