Time has flown since my last entry! I am happy to report that I am safe and sound in good ol' Encinitas. Moreover, I have begun a new role as a Spanish Two and Three teacher with Guajome Park Academy, a charter high school in Vista, California.
The most thrilling aspect of my new life back home in Southern California is the utter joy my new teaching position brings me. From the kind and supportive staff to the respectful and driven students, my new school community is everything I have hoped for as a teacher. I often think, "This is exactly what I aspired for when I was a student thinking of becoming a teacher."
I have officially begun the fall semester-the final semester-of my master's degree program with John's Hopkins University's School of Education. I feel nervous as I begin to visualize the workload that will dictate my life over the next few months, like a thunderhead forming out over the Pacific ocean. However, I am confident that I will leverage my organization skills, work ethic, and focus to make the most of this last semester of graduate coursework. After all, this coursework is designed to enhance my teaching immediately. I think of this as an opportunity to actively engage in reflective teaching through collaboration with other educators and feedback from course instructors.
I look forward to sharing more and more over the next weeks and months. Please comment and share your words of wisdom on balancing graduate coursework with a day job.
As I work toward developing the perseverance and drive to achieve my goals, I am reading Grit by Angela Duckworth. My biggest learning so far has been the importance of identifying and defining my inner compass, "...the thing that takes you some time to build, tinnier with, and finally get right, and then that guides you on your long and winding road to where, ultimately, you want to be" (p. 60). I use this compass to set goals, plan my daily actions, and reflect.