Yep, it's a name badge with my picture. A name badge makes it pretty official. I am back to work on a daily basis. I accepted a position a week or so ago with a nearby school district as a family literacy coordinator. I have not yet seen all the pieces in motion yet but I will be working four hours a day with adult immigrants and their school aged children, teaching adult who are learning English and helping those adults as they interact with their children. I took a very part time teaching job in August teaching adult education/adult ELL on Saturday mornings so some parts of this will be similar to that. This job is unique in that it also involves helping families help their children be successful at school. I am taking over an existing position so next week I will be shadowing the teacher who is already in place and then will be on my own in January.
For years, I have prayed and hoped for a part time job that would provide us with a bit more consistent income while allowing me to still be home without all the extras of a classroom all while doing a job I love to do. I hope this job really is that. I will work afternoons only, 12-4 and with my commute, I should be home between 4:30 and 5, depending on how long it takes to get the kids picked up.
It's still a change and in some ways, it has been hard to say yes. I have worked for the same district for almost 15 years. Even though I wasn't a full time employee, I have always been involved with the district and the families they serve. I have worked in the same district as my husband for that entire time as well, often in the same building, and sometimes just a few doors away. There is just a tinge of sadness there in letting go of those familiar faces and that community of families. This new job will be different in that I will working with a bit different demographic. I will be working with a lot of Arabic, Russian, and Kurdish families. While the district I have worked in is very diverse, our largest population group by far is Latino so this is a new adventure, where I don't necessarily have a lot of background knowledge regarding those groups. That change is exciting, where I know I will be learning new things about culture and language.
So Monday is the day. A new schedule and a new adventure...