Monday, February 22, 2016

So . . . I Got a Job

That seems weird to even type.

After successfully avoiding the paid workforce for most of the last 26 years, I am once again gainfully employed. And today is my first day.

I've been hired to tutor one 9th-grade student in English and World History, twice a week for two hours each time--plus an almost two-hour round-trip commute. I'm breaking my working self in slowly, you might say.

I wasn't actively looking for a job, but the school called me and asked if I would be available to help them in this extenuating circumstance. After thinking about the time commitment and after talking it over with Brad, I decided to accept. I had to fill out some paperwork, get fingerprinted, and take a not-so-grueling three-hour English-teaching competency test, and that was it. I was hired.

It's crazy how happy this small job opportunity has made me. It's brought priorities into focus and dormant passions to the surface. What it's really done is this--

It's reminded me that my heart is in the classroom. I love teenagers and their energy. I love sharing what I know with others. I love History and English. Mostly, I love learning--just about anything. And I love watching the lightbulb turn on in others.

I don't know if this will lead to a permanent position or if it's a one-time shot at this point. What I do know is that if ASU accepts me into their doctoral program and I get extended a contract to teach, my heart may no longer be in academia but in academics.

It's going to be a tough call.


  1. Well done - you won't know if this is what you want unless you give it a try. Those long drives will be powerful 'Jenny' times.

  2. Congratulations Jenny! I hope you love tutoring!

  3. Good for you, sounds right up your alley!!

  4. I have met you a couple times over at Hale and mentioned I follow your blog ... never commented before...but CONGRATULATIONS! I love it when someone follows their heart and goes into teaching. (Obviously, it is not for the money!) Your love and respect of people, whether young or old, is apparent. The fact that you enjoy English and History is just a bonus. This 9th grade student is one lucky person!

  5. WooHoo! Happy Happy! Welcome to your New Season in Life!! Enjoy!

  6. Sounds intriguing! Can't wait to hear more about your experience!!