It’s been a long two months between my last post and this one, but all for good reason. It’s always for good reason. I’ve had to dig deep in my closet to find my cape for all that I have going on in life right now. All positive, might I add. I’m tired, exhausted, and overwhelmed without it. I’m constantly traveling from the desk at my full time workplace, three classrooms, and my own office on campus.
I finished my first upward bound experience teaching Algebra I in May and I was asked to stick around to implement a technology and research component for their program. It will be the first time that students will participate in such a component and I have been entrusted with bringing it into fruition. It didn’t all seem real until the faculty meeting where I had to present the prospective project and the details. There I was, the first, the only, and the youngest Black female at the table speaking like I had been doing this for over a decade.
I also returned to the ESI program that I have been a part of for three years now. The first week for both programs really drained me for the week, but in a good way, if you can imagine that. This year for both programs, I am incorporating STEAM, the A is for Art, instead of just STEM. I’m excited about the outcome for both projects and asking for your prayers that I don’t go insane with 40 kids under my instruction. LOL!
At work, I’m undergoing training for new areas on my project, service lead for a particular service request, AND working closely with our project manager as a project management assistant. Ultimately that is my goal in my field — to become a lead and/or a project manager. I met with the project manager and we talked about what I wanted to accomplish with my career and she mentioned how she saw so much of her within me and said she would be my mentor. Of course I gladly accepted.
I’ll finish my thesis in the fall, I SWEAR. I’m ready to move on the Doctorate program and I’ve dragged my master’s program on long enough. Part of the reason for the delay was that I needed more teaching experience before I entered to SMED program, but I am well beyond that now. I have 3 years of instructional experience in a slew of different areas and on different levels. I’m ready. I’ve created a schedule for July after my STEAM programs end to write a little bit each day. Fall 2015 is the beginning of the end.
And last but definitely not least, I’m moving..again.. but this time it’s much more permanent. This time it’s for good and for a long time. Because well, I’ve been preapproved for a home loan. Had I been a bit more disciplined financially, I wouldn’t still be here, but trust me, this is a hard lesson learned. I’ll elaborate more on this a bit later.
I hope all is well with you all. I’ve also carved out a blogging schedule so you all will see me more often that you’ve been seeing me. Happy Sunday!