Last fall, I was lucky enough to be a blogger for the K-State College of Education. I loved talking about my journey as a (basically) first year teacher. Since then, there has been a lot of changes.
In February, there were lots of rumblings about Kansas not starting school in the fall because of the lack of budget. As a music teacher (or specials/extracurricular as people say), I started to worry that my subject would be cut and I would be out of a job. Luckily, it didn’t get that bad, but I started to look elsewhere for a job. After some life changes earlier in the school year, there was nothing holding me back from picking up and moving somewhere else. By “else” I mean south.
I took a bit of advice from my mom and applied in Texas. All over Texas, actually. In February and March, I applied for dozens of jobs from band to choir to mariachi from Corpus Christi to Amarillo. One job stuck out to me; not only because it was a clean slate opportunity, but also because it was ten minutes from Galveston. Grading papers on the beach sounded a lot better than shoveling snow!
In March, I was hired as a middle school choir director in the great state of Texas. I would be moving to southern Houston to teach in a great district. I resigned from my position in Lansing, packed up my classroom (LMS was set to move to the “NEW” middle school), and moved 1200 miles away to League City, Texas, a suburb of Houston.
I have been here since the middle of June and I absolutely love it. It is hotter than the surface of the sun, but the abundance of fresh Mexican food, super friendly people and a short drive to the ocean makes it all worth it. I have fully embraced the move and have surrendered my Kansas citizenship to become a Texan. Sorry Kansas, love you but….Texas.
I have had such a warm reception here; I have found a great church on Galveston, been working with a P.E.O chapter on the island and have a super supportive school staff. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to be.