There are two things I know about myself...the placemat at my favorite Chinese restaurant as a child said I would be successful in any field I try (Go Monkeys!) and I hate change that wasn't my idea!
So...after 14 years of putting my heart into special education I will
be teaching general education next year. I have always been licensed in elementary education and special education but knew I was meant to teach special education. I love the challenge and newness of everyday. I gladly implement IEPs knowing that this is one of the best ways to advocate for students. The power I could wield with an IEP to support students was AWESOME! Although I have often felt as though I could have done more or something different to help my students find success, I loved being able to try again and again until I found what was best. I had a few and far between OH SO SWEET moments of seeing my students beat the odds and make it in the classroom and graduate! Knowing I was a small part of their success made me so happy!
It was not my idea to move. My moving did help with a staffing problem and allow everyone currently employed to still have a job next year so that is a win. I will embrace 6th grade language arts and kick butt doing it. It is still up in the air as to whether I will love it as much as I love special education but I refuse to not put my heart into whatever it is I do. I still get to teach and I still get to be a part of students succeeding. I will get used to doing it in a new and different way.