It was about 6 years ago when I earned my B.S. degree from Temple University. Fresh out of college I was offered a teaching job with the School District of Philadelphia. I signed on, then went to visit what would be my class. It was mid school year and I was to take over a first grade class whose teacher left. It only took one visit and for one student to come up to me and say, “You are not our teacher”, for me to decide this was not part of my journey. I called the hiring representative for SDP and said I changed my mind. The lady who seemed rather bitter and upset told me, I would never be able to work for the school district.
At the time I was a Center Director for an Early Learning Center. I had worked at this center for 3 years and had a great staff. It was within walking distance of my home and day care was free for my kids. I loved this job but there was no future there. When the CEO heard I was leaving he matched the salary with SDP and convinced me to stay. A year later I was interviewing at places again. I figured, why have a teaching degree if you’re not going to use it and take advantage of the benefits.
I decided to interview for a teaching job with Mastery Charter. During the interview, I told the interviewer I wanted to work at the school in the Northeast and teach second grade. She asked me which was more important to me, location or grade. I told her location. A few days later she called to offer me a position at her school, teaching Kindergarten. It wasn’t the location or grade I requested but I accepted anyway. During my 4 years at Mastery, I taught Kindergarten for 2 years, first grade for 1.5 years and finally 5th grade for .5 year. I also applied for a promotion twice and was turned down. I believe this was because, I have a big mouth. I speak my mind and say what everyone is thinking but is too afraid to say. During my last 2 years there, I went back to school and obtained my M.Ed. I got tired of being told no and finally decided, the only way for this little birdie to spread her wings would be to leave. I gave my resignation in early spring. I had no job lined up.
I knew I wanted to start my own early learning center so I began to go to meetings and PD’s and gather all my paperwork to get things rolling. I purchased day care furniture from a previous owner who closed her center. I started my business plan. The only thing I had left to do was find a building. In the meantime, I started teaching ECE classes at Harcum Junior College and coaching teachers in Literacy through an agency called CLI. I enjoyed both of these jobs because I wanted to do both. I wanted to coach and tried to become a coach at Mastery but they turned me down. I wanted to work with Adults in Literacy and tried to work in the Curriculum Department at Mastery but was also turned down. So taking a chance and leaving my very well paying, secure job was one of the best choices I could have made because doing so gave me the opportunity to grow and experience leadership positions. Mastery couldn’t see my potential but I know my potential. I am a Leo and I am a Warrior. Thank you Mastery for telling me “NO”. Sometimes it’s hard to see the blessings in ‘no’ but if you know your worth, I encourage you to ‘GO OUT AND TAKE THAT’.
Somewhere along this road, the idea of teaching overseas came to me again. If you’ve read my older posts, you know I tried before and was told what, ‘no’. And as you can see, I don’t take well to no. So I reapplied, again. I said to myself, if I get the job, I would go, if I didn’t I would start my Early Learning Center as originally intended. Well the rest is history since I will be leaving in 5 months. Today I got a letter in the mail that the college that I earned my M.Ed degree through will be starting their first Ed.D program and they were inviting me to apply. Anyone who knows me, knows I love school and I love to learn. If I wasn’t leaving for Qatar soon, I would definately go back to school and get my Doctorates. Maybe one day I will, why not. This is my journey!