6.14.2011

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!

6.08.2011

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.