And Then I Got a New Job…

If you follow me on twitter, you have probably heard that it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks that resulted in me getting a new job.

I started teaching 8 years ago, and I am going to be leaving the classroom…sort of.  My new job is as a technology coach in my school district.  I will be working with 10 elementary schools that are undergoing restructuring.  I will work with staff to use and implement technology into their teaching.  I am very excited!

I am also terrified.

Taking this job was a very emotional decision for me.  I love my current job.  I love my kids.  I get to go to work every day with my best friend.  My teaching assistant and I have been working together for almost my entire career.  It was not an easy choice to make, and even though I think it was the right choice, my heart hurts to think about leaving my classroom.

Who knew that getting a new job would be such an emotional roller coaster?  I go from being so excited and having all of the ideas to crying and thinking I’m crazy for leaving.

I told my husband earlier this year that if I was going to leave the classroom, I would want to be a technology coach.  Then this position just fell into my lap.  It felt like a sign.  So, I interviewed and got the job.  EEK!

I never intended to be a career classroom teacher.  I love teaching, but I believe I can also have an impact in the lives of children in other roles in the field.  I feel like this is my chance to have a really big impact about something that I am so passionate about.

So, I’m excited.  And terrified.  And I hope my dad is proud of me.

Comments

  1. This is so exciting! I’m not sure exactly what a technology coach is, but I am positive you will be great at it!

    I also would venture a guess that your Dad is ridiculously proud of you. Hugs.

    xox

  2. Congratulations! I would have jumped at the chance to be a technology coach, too! Someday I’ll get another master’s in instructional technology. There is so many things you can do with technology. It’s fascinating!

    I’m sure your dad is beyond proud. I hope you love it!

  3. So excited for you! I know leaving a job you absolutely love can be a challenge, but I know you’ll love being a technology coach. (Which, hello, you basically just manifested, right? So cool.) I’ll concur with Heidi– I’m willing to bet that your Dad is super-proud of you. :)

  4. So VERY EXCITED for you. I mean, come on, who ever was so lucky to have their dream job fall into their labs? You had to take it! Good luck on the new journey!

  5. Wow! Congratulations! That is amazing. You will be terrific in your new role. Once you are settled, maybe you wouldn’t mind sharing in a post what your new job entails? I’ve never heard of a technology coach, but it sounds like something a lot of companies will need in the future.

  6. I am so incredibly happy for you, Erin. You are going to rock this. :) Congratulations!

  7. What a crazy turn of events! Change is always hard, but new jobs bring new challenges. And gosh — the ability to help 10 elementary schools worth of kids instead of just one classroom? I know it’s a different level of involvement, but it will be so rewarding for you. Congratulations and good luck on the next chapter in the career!

  8. CONGRATS! This sounds like an amazing position. And as Heather said, it’s pretty amazing that you’ll get to help out 10 schools. So happy for you!

  9. Congrats lady. As a fellow classroom teacher, I know the mixed bag of emotions attached to the gig, and how lucky that you have been able to teach with a best friend. A new adventure will be great and such a fun change of pace. Best wishes, you’ll be great!

  10. That is so exciting, congratulations! I can’t wait to hear more about how you feel about this job when you start!

  11. I’d missed this on twitter, but MAZEL TOV! Exciting, scary, awesome, etc. Good luck. :)

  12. Congratulations! I went through the same emotional up and down when I left my reporting job, even though I know now I made the right move. Change — especially big change — brings about emotion. With every new start you leave a little bit of you behind, but you gain so much more. I have to think your Dad would be proud of you for doing what’s best for you.

  13. Congratulations lady! That sounds like an awesome opportunity.

  14. No doubt about it that your Dad is incredibly proud of you.
    I know I am! So excited for you =)

  15. so late to this but hurray, congrats! your new job sounds awesome, can’t wait to hear about your new adventures!

  16. Oh my goodness I needed to read this today! I am leaving my job after 6 years because I am moving and I am so nervous. The way you described how you felt, ” I go from being so excited and having all of the ideas to crying and thinking I’m crazy for leaving,” is EXACTLY how I feel at this moment. I am thrilled to be moving and working in an incredible new school, but a big part of me is terrified that I won’t love my new job as much or have as much success. I will be keeping you in my prayers as you start this new journey!