It still hasn't really sunk in yet, but I've been offered my first LTO! I start in just over a week and I'm both super nervous and super excited! It is almost full-time...just over 3/4 time...part grade one, part kindergarten. On one hand, I feel ready to take on the challenge; I took my Kindergarten qualifications course just this past summer, so it's still fresh in my head and it's the age group I would really like to teach as a career. On the other hand, I feel like I still have so much to learn and that I'm rusty on a lot of things because it's been so long since teacher's college. I haven't had to do much planning or assessment as an OT, but the staff is very supportive and I'll have a lot of resources to draw on from them.

The thing I'm most looking forward to is the comraderie and support that comes with being part of a staff team. I'll get to go to staff meetings, PD day activities, and participate in collaborative planning with my colleagues. That stuff may not sound very exciting to most people...who wants to give up an evening once a month for a staff meeting or a nice relaxing Friday off for a PD day?...but it means I will get to see more of the "behind the scenes" action within a school and learn some important skills and strategies that I can use throughout my career.

I'm also looking forward to having a principal who can give me feedback and advice, and it's someone else I can use as a reference in the future. I'm sure he took a bit of a chance on me because there must have been applicants with more experience and qualifications who applied for the job. He said a big part of his decision in interviewing me was that I was a regular face in his school last year, and he hired me because I have similar qualities to the teacher currently in the position. He sensed that I would be good with the primary students and that I will be a good fit with the staff team. I can't thank him enough for giving me the opportunity!
 



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