I am a winner!

Okay - so I never win anything.  I'm one of those people who enters in contests expecting not to win, because, well, I never do -- until now!

I found out that The Art of Education was giving out a free copy of "The Pot that Juan Built" and all you had to do to enter was explain your favorite clay project and hope that random.org would pick you.  I wrote about my favorite art project being 4th Grade Bobble heads and random.org picked me!!!

I will be receiving a free copy of "The Pot that Juan Built".  I am so very excited.  Now if only I can find a job/classroom in my new city to use it in!


New Adventures

Summer has begun!  It is hot outside (heat indexes over 100!) and school is out!  This year ended on a bitter sweet moment.  I resigned from my awesome job because I am moving from Iowa to Michigan to be with the love of my life.

The last day of school was full of tears, laughter, and LOTS of hugs.  I will dearly miss the staff, my classroom, and all 500+ students.  It's hard to say goodbye to over 500 friends.  I am excited for the new adventures that await me in Michigan - though I have no idea what they may be.  I sense there will be excitement, anxiety, fear, laughter, tears, homesickness, joy, and a whole lot of new. 

I currently have no job or job prospect for the fall - which has me a little freaked out.  I really love my job - I feel blessed to have found a career I love right out of school.  When I teach I feel I'm in my element.  Am I a perfect teacher? - Heck no.  I have tons left to learn, projects to create, kids to build relationships with, patience to build, and art programs to build.  I feel so very passionate about art and kids that I have a hard time seeing myself doing anything else - at least at this point in my life.  I never go home saying that my day was boring or easy and I wouldn't want it any other way. 

I hope to keep posting throughout the summer with updates on a hopeful job, art happenings in my new city and perhaps other rambling rants about the state of art education.