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.

The Class Nerd @theclassnerd