Then, I was back on Monday working as a substitute. I spent the day with a fifth grade class while their teacher had jury duty. They asked me to come back on Tuesday but I had already committed to work at another nearby elementary school.
There, I worked with a fifth grade class for most of the morning, covered a fourth grade class for an hour and spent the afternoon in kindergarten.
Wednesday, I was a parent in the morning, driving Sam and two of his classmates to see a play at the
They asked me to work another time last week too but Thursday and Friday, I was already scheduled to sub at the nearby middle school. I was working mostly with eighth graders.
I thoroughly enjoyed the change of pace. They were a blast, respectful, responsive and kind.
So far, so good. Thanks for encouraging me in this next phase of my career. I enjoy having complete control of my schedule as well as the novelty and challenge associated with walking into a different situation every day. Being off when Sam is off is huge too.
Ideally, this summer, I'd like to restart work towards a master’s degree in school social work or mental health counseling. The education system has a large number of kids who need someone looking out for them. That, and the big breaks make working as a school social worker sound very appealing but I'm not sure I will really get to concentrate on the issues I am most interested in countering.
Recently, I contacted the Marin Abused Women's Services about volunteering in their call center. Their mission of, "Creating Safety and Justice for Women and Children" is what I am most interested in doing. Of course, I want safety and justice for all. But their website says that "95% of domestic violence cases are attributable to men."
They developed the nation's first "batterer re-education program." That program's tag line reads, "Men helping men create peace."
I had a boss once who told me it wasn't about everyone sitting around in a circle singing "Kumbaya."
I really wish it could be. One step at a time, huh?
In the meantime, peace, happiness and love to you and yours.