My Teaching Anniversary

One year ago today, I wrote the following words in Day One:

Today is the day I officially decided to become a teacher.

I am so excited.

While this journal entry may not show it, the decision to teach was a slow one for me. For those of you who don't know my story, my undergrad degree is in Commercial Music (guitar) with an emphasis in Music Technology. A far cry from teaching 2nd grade.

I began subbing in the fall of 2010 to make some extra money when I wasn't busy making music. I had always enjoyed working with kids, and had even worked at summer camps while I was in college. Subbing was also incredibly flexible which made it the perfect part-time job for a freelancer.

Slowly, I began to grow unhappy working in music. I enjoyed the pride of saying I was a professional musician more than I enjoyed being one. Still, as I began to consider other career choices, teaching was never one of them. I wanted to work in a church worship department or communication team.

This week last year, I was on the phone catching up with my friend Nate when something he said clicked. I honestly don't remember what it was or if it even related to teaching. I just remember my mind jumping and moving so fast I could barely keep up. It suddenly became so clear to me that teaching what I was supposed to be doing.

It took a few more days of praying and talking to my wife and trusted friends to actually make the final decision, and when I finally did, I wrote that journal entry.

In the year since then, I’ve applied to and started classes at Lipscomb University, taught Kindergarten for 9 weeks, and then been given a permanent job teaching 2nd grade. I also started this blog which is something that I genuinely love doing.

Without a doubt I can say that this was the correct choice. I love the joys and challenges of teaching, and look forward to getting better at it with every passing year.

Thanks to everyone who has shared in this journey with me.