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Reflections on My First Week of Teacher Certification School

Posted on August 22 2015

UVEI Interns 2015It’s not often in life that you get to press the reset button, but that’s kind of how I feel about my experiences this past week. On Monday I started the teacher certification program at the Upper Valley Educator’s Institute in Lebanon, NH. As I drove the hour to and from the school each day, I did a lot of reflecting on where I’ve been and where I’m going.

Going back to school was a big decision, but after four days of “class” I’m pretty certain that it was the right one. I’ve realized how much I miss learning, and how much I miss sharing what I’ve learned in the classroom. I’ve realized that despite the fact that I am an introvert, I thrive on social relationships and being around people. Maybe I’m an extroverted introvert? Is that a thing? I’ve realized that I appreciate being home all the more when I spend a good portion of the day away. It feels awesome to be back on a regular schedule.

One of the great things about the program I am attending is that it is designed for people who already have at least a Bachelor’s degree, and many of us are coming back to teaching from other careers (though most of us have experience in education). We all bring a great deal of life experience along with us, and for many of us the path leading to where we are has had its share of ups and downs. This has helped allay some of my worries about pursuing a new career path at this point in my life. It’s also been fun to watch a bunch of adults singing Tooty-Ta (maybe I should be going into elementary ed!).

One of the lessons I’ve learned these past few years is that the path of life doesn’t have to be linear, despite the fact that I spent most of mine to this point following the path of a college professor. Go to high school, get a college degree, get a Ph.D., get an academic teaching job, get tenure, get promoted, etc. A little over two years ago I intentionally veered off that path since I wasn’t sure I wanted to follow that road for another 25 years. There have been twists and turns in the interim, and it has led me to where I am today.

Next week I head back into the classroom as a teacher intern in a very different environment from the one I’ve lived in for most of my adult life. I have apprehensions about the experience, but also a great deal of excitement. I’m ready for this challenge, time to move ahead!

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