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. heidikins says:

    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. Erin, too says:

    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. Megan says:

    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. San says:

    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. Lora says:

    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. Katie says:

    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. Erini says:

    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. Lindz says:

    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. Ari says:

    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. Carly says:

    Congratulations lady! That sounds like an awesome opportunity.

  14. Nora says:

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

  15. katelin says:

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

  16. Teacher Girl says:

    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!