I get the question all the time, “Do you miss teaching school?” I get caught off guard when asked EVERY SINGLE TIME!
So, I thought I would try and answer that question through a blog post the best way I could…..through a Q & A?!
Q: Do you miss teaching?
A: Yes and no.
Q: What do you miss the most?
A: The children, my friends and co-workers and a tight schedule.
Q: What do you miss the least?
A: The 5 a.m. wake-up call, lesson plans, and freezing rain carpool lines!
Q: How have you transitioned to your new career?
A: I actually started transitioning about this time last year by beginning to take on some afternoon fitness classes. So, it has actually been quite an easy transition.
Q: How has your daily schedule changed?
A: Wow! Well, from day-to-day I am teaching and subbing different classes. Some days I teach 3-4 classes. I have to keep my planner handy at all times for this reason. Some classes might be in the morning, some in the evening, both or even back-to-back.
I do much, much more laundry!
Q: Has Nola missed school, too?
A: I can’t really tell, but I bet she does. Whenever neighborhood children come by to see her, she just loves it!!
Q: What else has changed?
A: I am spending a lot less money on clothes, makeup and hair. I only need one pair of shoes and a workout outfit now, except for outings and church of course.
I get to go have lunch during the day with friends and family. I especially enjoy catching up with Hayley at lunch once a week.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: I don’t know how working mothers do it. Especially being single. I have a whole new respect for them now. I guess I did it when I was younger, but at least I had a lot of help with Rourke and family.
Being at home more doing the day has given me more time to get household chores done that I would not necessarily would have been able to do. That has been nice.
Where it used to be so gratifying seeing a child learn, now it is so fulfilling see an adult improve their body, their mental being and way of life. I love that!
All-in-all, I had a wonderful experience in the classroom, but now I am enjoying a new chapter in my life.