I knew there was going to be a steep learning curve entering the world of education as a first-year teacher.
Half the people I told about my new job – rather than congratulating me – offered their condolences. That made me just all the more determined to love teaching and the world of education. But so far, I am staring to see their point (much as I am loathe to admit it).
I got hired back in April. Since then, I’ve been asking my principal, the HR department, my math specialist co-teacher and the IT department what I need to be doing to prepare for the school year. I’ve had three months to do professional development, lesson planning and all manner of things to get ready for my first year as a teacher. Here’s the feedback I’ve gotten.
From my principal: “You’re way ahead of the game. Just relax. We don’t do most of our hiring until July.”
From HR: “Ask your principal.”
From my co-teacher: “Here are a bunch of links. But you won’t be able to access any of them until you have a district email address.”
From IT: “Sorry, we don’t issue new teacher email addresses until the week before school starts.”
I feel like I’m back in the world of Corporate.