Story Time + Life Update + Mindy Lahiri Gifs | Michelle's Journals

Hello everyone,
I haven't posted since May 25th and it feels like it's been so long. But, during the last few weeks my life was really chaotic, involving some big life and career decisions, and I just couldn't blog with all of that going on.

Things were just calming down when I got a really bad flu (I think all the stress culminated in my getting sick), and now I'm getting over my flu.

Anyway, I always share any big life moments here on the blog so here it is.

On June 3rd I tweeted that I got the school media specialist (aka school librarian) position at the school where I currently teach. So many lovely people, both from the blogosphere and from people I know in real life, offered congratulations and kinds words--thank you all for that because even then there's a small part of me that wasn't sure if I made the right decision...

Let me back track--I graduated with my Bachelor's in elementary education back in 2009, and after a year of working as an educational assistant, I got a full-time job teaching second grade and had the most challenging, HORRIBLE first year of teaching. I was 23 years old, and I was already burned out. So, I quit and went back to school to get my Master's in library science and, after my horrible experience in the classroom, I didn't want anything to do with working in a school so I chose to do the general track.

In library school, the so-called "general" track means you can pursue any type of librarianship (public, academic, special, archives, etc.) with the exception of school librarianship, which has its own track called school media specialist licensure because you must complete this track to be a licensed school librarian.

Unfortunately, after I graduated from grad school, there weren't any public library positions open and an opportune visit on rainy February day at the old elementary school where I had that horrible teaching experience resulted in a job offer to teach kindergarten as an emergency hire. With student loan looming over me, I accepted and kept looking and applying for open library positions. Two and a half years later from accepting that kindergarten position, and I am still teaching (back in second grade) and... okay, I wouldn't say loving my job, but my students were wonderful (spending time with them, teaching them, and learning from them was really the very best part of the job) and I liked my job for the most part.

#decisions
In the two and half years, I also stopped looking for library position. It takes three consecutive years of service to be a tenured teacher in Hawaii (tenure equals job security) and I would've been tenured this coming year. But then, the librarian retired after this school year and now there's an open librarian position staring at me on the face.

However, accepting the librarian position means I'd have to give up my being tenured in less than a year. I'd have to go back to school to earn my library license, and since I'm don't have my library license yet, my position is not secure (Hello possible unemployment!).

But in the end, I'd have to go with my first love and that's books and helping others find their love of reading and guiding students to be ethical users of information, which is so important these days. And as a school librarian, I still get to teach and interact with all of the students. Now, I'm just not limited to one grade level, but all the grades from kindergarten to fifth grade! As for going back to school, it turned out I only have to take only two more classes to earn my license and if it all goes to plan, I'll have my license by this time next year.

Ultimately, I accepted the librarian position because if I didn't, down the road, I think I may regret it. I'm giving up job security and job stability since librarians, unfortunately, are always the first to go when there are cuts. But I'll always have teaching to fall back on, even if I have to start the three years all over again to gain tenure. But, an opportunity like this--a school media specialist position--doesn't come along often, and I have to grab it when I can.

Okay, so this post ended up being longer than I thought it would be. But, if you ever want to chat with me about job searching, library school, teaching, first-year librarianship (really could use some advice), or The Mindy Project (my favorite!), please feel free to comment or tweet me.

Happy reading,
Michelle

P.S. I'll be playing catch up with my reviews and posts in the next few days--Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt, The Billionaire's Favorite Mistake by Jessica Clare, Bad Bitch by Christina Saunders, Smut by Karina Halle, and One White Rose by Julie Garwood. I'm part of the blog tour for Kody Keplinger's newest release Run so expect my thoughts on it as well. And, I'll also be giving away a copy of Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven next week!

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