“The First Day”

19 Aug

My first day on the job was last Friday, and boy do I have a lot to write! Let’s recap to how I got here:

After teaching frosh comp at college, I decided to go back to school for my master’s and teach high school. I absolutely fell in love with high school, teenagers, teaching, the material I taught, and my ‘kids.’ I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy as I was during student teaching. I finished that in December 2012, and started looking for jobs right away. After losing a parent in January, I lost motivation for a while and just muddled through the days, working and not much else. May approached and I felt the proverbial kick-in-the-pants to get moving and look for teaching jobs. After over thirty (yes, THIRTY) applications and some interviews, I accepted the most awesome position I could ever ask for.

For those who are familiar with Northwest Indiana, you’ll know that there are affluent and less-affluent areas. We have a unique combination of urban, suburban, and rural communities – all in the same county. In Hammond, an early college high school has been formed, and I’m part of the team getting this program up and running! I’m so excited to be in here at the ground-level and to have a chance to really shape it and put my stamp on it.

The early college program is nothing new – there are over 250 in the United States, but this is the first in the Northwest Indiana area. It focuses on underprivileged teens who have the desire to go to college, but wouldn’t go otherwise. These scholars have the opportunity to earn an associate’s or up to two years of college credit concurrently with their high school diploma. How awesome is that?

So, after many meetings and orientation and all that good stuff last week, I was finally in my room on Friday. I rearranged desks about ten times, moved MY desk all around the room, hung the paper and made bulletin boards.


The desks were originally in four rows of five, but I didn’t like that I could only move around the perimeter. This is what I finally decided on. My desk is in the front corner, because I never sit at my desk while class is in session anyway. I’m loving the storage in my room – the entire back wall has cabinets with shelves.

Today I worked on my classroom library and my resource books – I’ll share photos soon.

No longer will I neglect Twitter or the blog (remember the whole ‘lost motivation’ thing?), because I have too much to share and too much to learn from my PLN!


One Response to ““The First Day””


  1. News Report! | it's a paradisaical life - July 10, 2014

    […] We just finished up our first year of the new early college program (you can read all about it here). The 9th graders will be sophomores next year, and we’ll be accepting a new class of […]

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