"The future has several names. For the weak, it is the impossible. For the fainthearted, it is the unknown. But for the thoughtful and strong, it is the moment they've been waiting for."

Success! I got the job! I will be teaching Kindergarten (alternate day program) full-time for the next five weeks (until March Break). I am overjoyed, overwhelmed, excited, and nervous all at once! This will be such a great opportunity to flex my teaching skills and put my special touch on a classroom and program, while still maintaining consistency with the current routines.

The transition should be fairly smooth (I hope!) because the regular OT for the classroom gave me a whole stack of notes and instructions to help get me started. She also gave me a tour of the room, pointed out where things were, and ran me through the routines. I am particularly thankful for her willingness to volunteer her time on Monday and Tuesday to help me get to know the students and get settled. The vice principal has also been very helpful so far, discussing his expectations for me and giving me the green light to change things up if I need to to suit my style.

The VP seems like he will be a great mentor and supporter. With her many years of experience, the regular classroom teacher seems to have developed a program full of rich instructional opportunities and consistent routines, so I have a great foundation to work with while trying out a few of my own ideas. It sounds like the other kindergarten teachers in the school will also be a great resource for me to draw on.

I'm nervous about meeting the kids, but I know I will have a great team backing me up, especially with a few of the students who have challenges. Without an ECE to provide an extra set of eyes and ears all the time, I will be relying on the support I get from two EA's who will be there some of the time. Although I have not yet met them, I have been told that they are wonderful and I look forward to collaborating with them to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all of my students. I will also have a high school co-op student assisting me in the afternoons most days, so that should help as well. I just need to remember to keep calm and take a moment to breathe once in awhile. I'm sure it will be only too easy to burn myself out if I try to do too much all at once. Time to show 'em everything I've got!

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