Update: New Year, New School

Hello everyone!

It’s been a whirlwind of a summer and I haven’t had a lot of time to update my blog. For that I apologize.

After much prayer and searching, I have found God’s next step in my life.

Beginning August 19th, I have moved to a new teaching position as a reading teacher for 7th grade in a public school in the inner city of Charlotte, NC. This is a huge step for me. Although there are some parallels to my previous jobs, there is a lot that is different in this school. I’ve had students for one week already and I feel as though I am relearning the profession of teaching.

I have been hired in the hopes to raise reading scores in a class that is about two grade levels behind in their reading. But my first challenge with this class is discipline and order. It will be impossible to teach if I cannot maintain control in the classroom and I am learning that establishing that control and authority with these students is not as easy as they make it look in the feel-good movies.

At the same time, I have had to move to an apartment in West Charlotte so that I won’t have to wake up at 4am to get to school on time. From my new apartment, I may be 45 minutes away from my family, but I am only 15 minutes away from work.

Between working and moving, I have had very little time for anything else. This year is going to be tough. I’ve always said I like challenges, and God certainly likes throwing them at me. But I am indeed excited to be where I am. I will be refined by fire and it is by God’s strength alone that I will accomplish anything.

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