Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I Made It!

I completed my first year of teaching!

I was hired as an elementary teacher the day before school started.  

I accepted the job, packed up my life, and moved hours away from my beloved home (but the area is closer to family now). 

Each day, I worked hard and gave my very best effort.

Each month, it became a little easier. 

This school year has been a challenging one, but I have grown so much as a teacher and an individual.

One of the most important things I've learned is that I love my job!

I'm proud that I have successfully completed my first year of teaching, and grateful for the support I have received from family, colleagues, and friends.

I look forward to not only a summer of rest and rejuvenation, 

but years to come of teaching and inspiring children to love learning.



Susie said...

Congratulations Jess. You are one of many who will touch young lives. You are an important part. My daughter loves teaching and always welcomes the short summer break. You need will be doing more than teaching'll be teaching social skills also. I wish you the very best. Enjoy your break sweetheart, you earned it, I am sure. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

francis said...

👑 you made it . Happy summer holidays for you . All the best from Holland .

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

What a wonderful post! So happy for you!

To love doing, what we do. The secret to a happy life. Or as Joseph Campbell said; "Follow your bliss".

Happy, happy, happy for you, Jess!


From The Heart said...

Congratulations on your first year of teaching.There are those who teach...and those who have a true calling.From reading your post..You have a calling ..and what a wonderful thing that is!Blessings on you...enjoy your summer!

Brandi said...

Congratulations, Jess! Such a big accomplishment. Wishing you continued happiness in your profession. Have a great summer!!!

Anonymous said...

Hooray to you Jess! It takes a very special person to devote her life to working with children. I know each and every one of the students who come in and out of your classroom will be better for the experience of having you as their teacher. May this be the first year in a long and joyful career as an educator and changer of lives. So proud of you!

Love, Nelli

Beauty Follower said...

The illustration with the owl before and after teacher is hilarious!

Bety said...

Oh, Jess, small owls are a perfect illustration of how a teacher feels at the end of the school year!:)
  Postcard with bunny is great! Have a nice holiday!

Sola Scriptura said...

Teaching children is such an important job. How lovely that you found such a rewarding career that you love. Thanks for all the patience and time you put into helping the next generation!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so happy for you Jess! What a great feeling of accomplishment! And you are making a difference! Sweet hugs, Diane

Merlesworld said...

Good for you I'm glad you made it and you enjoy it.


Being a teacher is an honorable profession. Congrats on your first year being complete. Enjoy the summer.

Susan said...

Oh Jess. How wonderful that you have completed your first year of teaching and still love it! Oh, what lucky children who come under your care. I wish, with all my heart, that you could be cloned and sent to schools all over the USA.

I think teaching is an incredibly admirable profession. All those lives you have before you can be inspired and uplifted or lost in the shuffle (if they are with a teacher who doesn't care about the job).

I also think it's a very difficult job, especially now with so many broken families, substance abuse, teen pregnancy and so forth.

Teachers should be at the TOP of the pay scale, since little children's lives are at stake. Unfortunately, they do not get paid nearly enough money.

So it is thoroughly commendable that there are teachers like you. May you have many, many more years ahead to touch the lives of little children and make a gargantuan difference in the world. Susan

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Congrats Jess, you're the type of inspirational and caring teacher parents and Grandparents pray their loved ones will be guided by. Enjoy your Summer vacation.

Patricia said...

Congratulations on a wonderful and successful first teaching year, Jess.
PS I have that exact same book, Frog and Toad, at my house - belonged to my children and now we read it to the grandchild!

Teresa said...

First year is always difficult. In everything - in life, in love...

Yes, we look forward for it but we'll never be so out-of-depth as during that 1st year. The enthusiasm and the excitement bangs into the insecurities of embarking a completely-new- adventure.

Once we overcome the milestone it's just repeating it for the rest of your life but increasing the love and fulfillment and decreasing the anxiety and fear.

Go Jess. You're doing what you love and what you're truly good at. That should help through the tough times that will keep you challenged and focused.

Lucky midgets don't know but they're being encouraged and loved by an Angel ;)

All my Love and GO JESS!

handmade by amalia said...

How utterly wonderful, Jess. Enjoy the summer. You earned it.

Holly said...

Enjoy your summer break.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Congrats, Jess. Your love and patience is just what our profession needs. I promise, it only gets better! Enjoy your summer.

Lowcarb team member said...

Many congratulations Jess.
And may you go on to have many "years to come of teaching and inspiring children to love learning."

A very special thing to do. I wish you continued success.

All the best Jan

Susie Swanson said...

Congrats Jess. I can see in your post a loving and caring person that will go the extra mile for children and they are so lucky to have you. We need more like you to give inspiration to our children.. I'm sure there's going to be plenty that will still put you at the top of their list after they're grown. Hugs, xo

angie said...

congratulation!!!!!i love your blog!!! angie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Jess, I can relate.

When I first completed my initial studies and first licensure, I was immediately hired on the spot at a French immersion school; my licensure was for high school French, so I had to not only "pack up" and prepare for elementary, but to also go back to get my elementary k-6. You can probably guess the rest on how difficult it was!

I love that illustration with the owl...teeheheeee....teaching is NOT for the faint of heart, but for those who dare to live each day out as a lesson for the self. Congratulations, and I wish you many, many years of joy, self-discovery and POWER to love.


Rue said...

Congratulations on your first year teaching! It's wonderful that you enjoy your job. I think that's super important :)

mess by us said...

Congratulations! .. most important fact is that you enjoy your job :) Good luck!

Dee said...

Oh Jess, there are not many teachers like you. You are a sweet, caring teacher and your heart is truly in what you do for the little ones. Congrats to a first year well done and enjoy your time off... :)

By the way, I love the pic of the owls, too... :D

Carla from The River said...

Beautiful. Wishing you the best!
xx oo

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Congrats on your first year of teaching. It is a true blessing to love your job. The rose pot is beautiful. Enjoy the summer.
Hugs, cm