Today I am linking up with the gals over at The Teaching Tribune for a traditional Throwback Thursday.
We were supposed to post one pic of ourselves when we were in the grade that we currently teach. Then share when we knew that we wanted to teach.
Well, if you’ve been reading my posts for any amount of time you know already that I am a rule breaker. I had such a fun time looking for photos that I had to include more than just one…lol.
This first photo was just after my 5th birthday, the summer just before I started Kindergarten. I was the flower girl at my Aunts wedding. Gotta love the 70’s styles…lol.
Here is my Kindergarten school picture. (The grade I currently teach)
Here at Jr High Church camp I was already good at telling others what to do. I wasn’t sure yet what I wanted to do later in life, but I was working on being bossy an essential teacher skill. Boy, you look beautiful when you have been living in a teepee for a week…lol.
Once I got to freshmen year of High School I was convinced I was going to be a dancer. I loved it and spent many hours at the studio. Then my teacher asked me to teach some of the classes of the younger students. I loved that almost as much. It lead to my first 'real' summer job.
I taught a summer dance program for our city recreation department. I took it totally serious and just loved being with the little ones. This was the program I made from our first “Recital”. Back in the day before computers, when you had to type on a typewriter, then literally cut out clip art and paste it on the paper, then copy again…lol. I had several parents tell me I should be a teacher that I was a natural with the kids. This got me thinking. However, I was thinking dance studio owner, not classroom teacher. All through High school I ran the summer program, in addition to teaching at the dance studio during the school year, and loved it.
I did enjoy what I was doing but I was thinking can I really make enough money doing this?? What about when I have kids and I have to be gone every night at the dance studio??
So, when I went to college it was to become a veterinarian, I had always loved animals so I figured that would be a good job, I was a biology major Freshmen year. Sophomore year I changed to a psychology major, I was gonna be a shrink, I think I was the one who needed the help…lol. Junior year I had Finally seen the light and realized I had to be a teacher and switched majors again to Interdisciplinary studies. It was perfect, I could be with kids during the day, be home by 3:30, have all the holidays and summers off what could be better…lol. The rest of the world doesn’t have a clue what a teacher really does!! Nevertheless , I had made my decision and as they say the rest is history. All kidding aside I love what I do and wouldn’t have it any other way. I know this is what I was meant to do!
Now be sure to check out the other throwback Thursday posts!
Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear your comments and thoughts!