First, I can't help but think about how different it feels not to be getting ready to work in my classroom and build culture, climate, and expectations with my students. Now tomorrow I know I will be busy; however, it is a different type of busy. I am ready for the change, but I also think about how things are changing. I had a conversation with two people, who happen to be in part of the same organization, and they have made me really think about what my next steps should be as I continue to progress in this field and what programs I should consider as I go where God has for me.
As I also sit and think, my mind wonders to the greatness of this summer. I was able to relax throughout the month of June and plan for this year. I was even able to watch the new season of Orange is the New Black and watch all ten seasons of Friends considering I had never seen it before. Great show I might add. But I think the three weeks I spent traveling to new places was even more memorable. Spending one week in Philadelphia and attending ISTE 2015 (on a 15 hour bus ride I might add) was incredible and being able to connect and reconnect with people as well as learn from others was great! Then going to Puerto Rico the next week was an adventure (check out the blog post I did about communication back in July). Finally the following week, heading to Washington D.C. for one of the best professional development experiences I ever had, even on a dry campus. That week by far with Discovery Education was the best week I had professionally. It was divine purpose for me to have been there. The focus on instructional strategies is what I needed; but, also it helped me to make connections and helped me reconfirm some things I had been talking to God about. Shout out to Max and the Discovery Ed crew as well as Angeline, Patricia, and Jo! They made this experience unforgettable (especially with Christian 1 and Christian 2, inside joke lol).
Ok, I have rambled enough. I need to get to bed soon because the early morning will be here soon. Thank you everyone who contributed to me learning and experiencing greatness. Thank you also for taking the time to read. I can say, reflecting on a few things, I've truly had the time of my life and what is even more important to note, this is only the start!