Recently, I moved for my 10th time since I have been married. The moves are becoming a bit of a blur, but they all have something in common. I grow a little bit each time.
I became a teacher while moving. Volunteering in the classroom, becoming a sub, going back to school, moving, getting multiple certifications, etc. This time is a little different. My kids did not move with me and I left a position I loved. Now, I am learning to let go.
I am letting go of my kids to allow them to grow into who they are meant to be. I need to step back and allow them to spread their wings into adulthood. That does not mean I will not be a part of their life. It just means our relationship is a little different. They do not need the same kind of parenting.
I am letting go of Literacy Coaching as I once knew it. It was the best of all worlds. I worked with awesome teachers in and out of classrooms. I worked with students, colleagues, parents, and administration. I read books and networked via social media. Now, I need to do this a little differently.
I am in another new state and more testing to get recertified (Did I mention I have extreme test anxiety). I want the flexibility to travel with my husband and to support immediate and extended family (we are spread out across the world). I want to work with educators to change the lives of our future leaders. So, as with the other moves I will grow.
It is time to learn to be a part of education without being certified in another a state. I still have my education, experience, the ability to read awesome books, network through social media, and volunteer. Who knows what the future will look like, but I am thankful for innovation and a world of possibilities. I am thankful for social media and staying connected. It will help me learn my new place in the world of education. I am hoping to Bring Education to Life through blogging and supporting teachers and students virtually. It will be a new adventure as life changes and the journey continues.
April Padalino and Cyndi Dull
We are educational coaches with a passion for learning and empowering students, parents, and educators to Bring Education to Life.