Wednesday, June 4, 2008

School's Out...For the Summer

Another school year finished! I stopped teaching kindergarten full time 2 years ago and moved on to working for a state non-profit agency that promotes school readiness for low income children. Luckily my job is so flexible now that even though I am working full time there, I am still able to teach theater part time at a local elementary school.

So Friday we had our end of the year plays. My 4th and 5th grade students performed The Little Red Hen and The Emperor's New Clothes. The plays were a huge success! I was so proud of my students! Everyone remembered their lines and entrances, no one got overly nervous, and they remembered all their blocking. I love peeking into the audience from backstage when my students are performing and seeing the look on the teachers', students', and parents' faces. When they are smiling and laughing, I know it has all paid off! It's nice to have completed another year (my 2nd teaching drama and my 9th total - WOW).

The best thing about teaching at this school is the support the faculty shows each other. It is a Catholic school (I'm not Catholic, though) and they have Mass every Friday. When we were going through the first IVF in April, the principal knew and she had the entire school pray for me on the day of my ET. (They didn't know the specifics, just that I needed special prayers.) When I read an email telling me about it later that day, I just cried and cried because it meant so much to me. I've working in several schools that were the opposite of supportive, so this school is a refreshing change for me!

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