A Long Time Gone


There is something I neglected to write about, something that has significantly affected my life and has been the cause, or partial cause, of my lack of blogging.

It happened back in April.

It was a one line email from Carter’s teacher letting me know that there was a job posting. It was in the same grade I was currently teaching and it was at Carter’s school. Carter’s teacher and I had, previous to this email, discussed my interest in working in the same district as Cody and Carter. But I did not expect her to be on the lookout for posted positions.

I was not planning on this. But there it was, in all it’s one sentence glory. I felt honored that she had thought of me. I met with her later in the day and found out she had emailed me from her phone while she was in a staff meeting and had, herself, just hear about the position.

Very long story short – in two days I revamped my resume, created a school-specific cover letter, informed my boss about my intent (and asked for/received a letter of recommendation), and submitted myself for the position.

Crickets… It seemed like weeks but it was really only a couple days.

And then I received a phone call. It was from a principal, but not the one I was expecting. In my rush and excitement to throw my hat in the ring, I had neglected to consider my audience, not just the school of my focus, but the entire district. I was called in for an interview that afternoon to a school I will describe as one of the most coveted schools in the district. It had a reputation. And I will admit that I was more than a bit intimidated.

Let us fast forward…

I was offered and accepted a third-grade teaching position at this rather well-to-do school. The learning curve for me is great and the expectation are high. Third grade is the grade where students get held back if they are not reading at grade level thanks to Arizona’s Move On When Reading law. (I will refrain from speaking about this law because my mother taught me that if I have nothing nice to say, I should not say anything at all.) There are many big and scary standardized tests.


I am busy learning and reworking this craft of teaching. And that is part of why I have been a long time gone.

There have been a lot of blogworthy events that have come and gone that I will simply let be. But I miss blogging and so I will try to keep it in the forefront of my brain, and allow myself the time to write.


About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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10 Responses to A Long Time Gone

  1. ksbeth says:

    Congrats and just write when you can)

  2. Will be great to read you more 😁

  3. Congrats on the 3rd grade position, Shoes! You’ve been missed. Your kids are getting so big! My how time flies.

    • shoes says:

      Thanks. I have a great group of kiddos in my class that are really helping to make the transition a good one. It is crazy how big C & C are getting – Cody is almost as tall as me and he is only in the 5th grade! It felt nice to blog today so I hope I continue to carve out some time to do that more often. And thanks for saying I’ve been missed. 🙂 I have missed those connections I have with you and those others (who I lovingly refer to as my bloggy friends!)

  4. Congratulations!!
    Your new students are very fortunate to have you. 🙂
    Looking forward to your blogs still.
    – B

    • shoes says:

      Thank you! My third graders are pretty fabulous. I hope I get back into the blogging rhythm as I do enjoy it so. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  5. Congratulations on your new job – it sounds great!

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