After nearly 14 years of teaching, I am leaving my career in elementary teaching. Yesterday was my last day with my students. I have to say, it did not feel as monumental as I thought it would be. I left my classroom yesterday with the same feeling that I get at the end of every school year…a wipe off my forehead and a huge sigh of ‘Finally, it’s summer!’ May be it’ll sink in more at the beginning of next year. Or may be I will not think about it that very much…I may even rejoice at the fact that I do not have to set my alarm at 5am in the morning. I have taught in four different cities in three different countries. I have taught in 7 different schools both private and public. Despite the years of experience, I still leave with a feeling of…did I know what I was doing?
I remember in my first year of teaching, I had a weekly substitute teacher who was a retired principal. He told me that he felt like he knew what he was doing after ten years of teaching. I didn’t like hearing that. But, that didn’t happen to me though. I always felt like I could do better. Is this the perfectionism in me or the teacher in me?
I am embarking on a new journey. I may still be tutoring here and there and may be able to update this blog from a different angle regarding education. But. I do wanna say that I’m grateful to God for the last 14 years. Teaching opened doors to so many other gifts for me. I will remember some of the students forever. I will carry in my heart the stories I collected. I don’t know if my classroom will miss me. But, I think I will miss it time to time.
It’s not the end. But it is the end…for now. 🙂