It has been quite the crazy summer. I managed to survive the end of my last year of teaching without losing my sanity (but only barely.) Then I spent the first few weeks of summer preparing for my wedding, which went off beautifully. I am now no longer Ms. Bennett; I am Mrs. Williams! How very exciting.
Settling back into my life has been surprisingly difficult. We’ve been back from our honeymoon for two and a half weeks, and I’ve spent the entire time reorganizing our apartment. Since we weren’t moving, I wanted our space to feel different, so I cleaned out cupboards, cabinets, and closets, and gathered together- are you ready?- 6 boxes of stuff and 7 boxes of books to get rid of. It is satisfying now that it’s done, but it was shocking to me just how long that took. From now on I’m doing spring cleaning every year instead of every 3 years.
I’ve also found myself feeling a little bit bored. Graduate school doesn’t start until the end of this month, while if I were teaching I would have started training on Monday. I don’t miss the stress of teaching, but I do miss having a regular schedule. Thankfully, I’m also working part-time for Teach for America as a Content Team leader. This is similar to the position I held last year, with a few structural changes. I am so looking forward to meeting the 2010 corps members and working with such amazing people!
This week is the Fall Kick-Off for the 2010 corps. On Saturday we have our first session with our Content Team, but on Thursday I’m also helping out the Program Team with part of their session. Last week I drove up to the TFA office in San Francisco for a training on the session we’ll be leading. Being in that room with such talented people really helped remind me why I joined TFA in the first place. We are all passionate about equality in public education and we’re willing to work hard to change it. I feel satisfied knowing that just because teaching isn’t what I’m meant to do, I can still be very connected to the mission of Teach for America and work to help people who are in the classroom meet their goals with their students. Not everyone is meant to be a teacher, and that’s ok, but everyone can work in some way to level the educational playing field.
And also, since I’m not teaching now, I can actually devote a lot of time to this job- the amount of work that it deserves! I can take teachers on excellent school visits and visit them in their rooms after school to help them. Organizing meetings like this is what I really love to do, so I’m ready to get started!