Teachers’ meetings in my school district started on Monday morning, and I wasn’t there because I’m still on a Leave of Absence. It was the saddest morning for me, not being part of that new beginning. Last year was such a difficult one for me, and I ended up taking a medical leave, starting in January, that lasted until the end of the school year. Knowing I couldn’t go back to the same situation that caused last year’s medical situation, and not having any other options at that time, I decided to apply for a Leave of Absence for this school year, also.
BUT, on Monday afternoon, I discovered that there was an unexpected opening, a 2nd grade position at my school, and no one was waiting in the hiring pool to be reassigned to it. Knowing that the 2nd grade team is a wonderful one, and dreaming about meeting a new group of beautiful 2nd grade faces on the first day of school next week, I called my principal and asked, “Is it possible???” Well, after hours of phone calls and much waiting on pins and needles in the last 48 hours, the answer was “Yes!”
So this afternoon, I went back to school, where my principal called an emergency staff meeting and announced that I was returning to the school, and my staff cheered. (That’s a feeling I’m going to hang on to forever!) Then it was an intense afternoon of organizing, moving furniture, and trying to put my new classroom together for a group of 2nd graders instead of 6th graders. But it all feels RIGHT, like it was meant to be! This is a wonderful gift from my school district (letting me rescind my Leave of Absence), and from my principal (going to bat for me). And I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have a job, a new wonderful team, and the opportunity once again to meet and fall in love with a group of kids. I’m going to be very busy for the next few weeks (that’s a major understatement). But I’m really excited about this change and about being back in school. I’m also a little bit in shock at how fast it all came together! Life can change on a dime, they say.