Work, Teaching, and Friends

#7 and #8 on my list of 30 Things bring a smile to my face and warm my heart.

#7- My FLA Family. My first job after college was as an admin assistant for a VP at my university, DBU. My job was nice and it allowed me to start working on my masters degree. During that time I realized that God gave me a talent to teach and I should start using that talent! In the summer of 2007, I stepped into my classroom for the first time in July, no AC in the room, junk left from the last teacher, dead cockroaches scattered around the carpet and halls, and lots or hope and dreams in my heart. Much like my college experience, I had no idea how much God was going to bless me with friendships. My 2 co-teachers were the PERFECT fit! Greta Caldwell and Analisa Rodriguez.

Greta, Analisa, and Alison

 

These ladies are like superheroes to me. I always blew off the comments about us being The Dream Team, or the joke about us as Charlie’s Angels. But ya know what,….they were right, now that I look back on it! I learned so much about discipline, using data to structure my lessons, keeping my faith, laughing a LOT each day, and what a true team looks like. There was never a moment where I doubted my team. We were a unified front, all pulling our weight equally. Later Greta went on to be a Math Specialist, and Cara was added to our team.  What a character!  She was our missing piece and jumped right in.  She would even participate in our dress up shenanigans!  Pictured below is our Mad Scientist Day!

Mad Scientists

And it wasn’t just my grade level! The whole campus had a very unusual makeup to it. We all liked each other! There was a mutual respect between everyone. We were young, energetic, optimistic and willing to take on any challenge with a smile. Years later, we still try to get together and catchup.   Love these people!

Forest Lane Academy Staff!  Love these people!

Forest Lane Academy Staff! Love these people!

 

Al this leads me to #8 – my current job

I love my new school!   The students are so much fun, parents are involved, leadership is great!  It is so nice to come home and have a smile on my face each and every day.   Everyone should have a job like that!   It is full of challenges and fun opportunities for the students.  The fine arts academy setting attracts a delightful group of students, so talented in their own ways.  I really enjoy working here!

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