I am finished with my first 6 months of teaching.
This job definitely ranks up there with the most frustrating and exhausting things that I have ever done. I don't think a lot of people realize what all goes into being a teacher. Politics aside, I spend my days researching, writing, organizing, planning, collecting materials, cutting paper, cleaning, making a mess and then cleaning again, making sample projects for students, calling parents, grading, communicating with other teachers, reflecting...and then, just when I think I have everything done, I have to be a counselor, friend, and parent away from home. I have to deal with offhand comments from parents who just don't understand why their kid is failing my class, teachers who want to borrow all your materials that you are already trying to stretch to their limits, and kids who think your mean, fat, ugly, and unfair.
I like to teach, but I don't know if I love teaching (if that makes any sense whatsoever).
I cannot even begin to express how happy I am to have a break. In the past three days I have taken more time for myself than I have in the past 6 months. I've actually worked on a couple pieces! I've worked on my writing! I even managed to read a book! It's an incredible feeling. I have researched fellowships and residencies, plotted out art exhibitions that I want to apply for, and even applied for a couple, what I consider, dream jobs. The one that I am crossing my fingers and toes most for is a design assistant position with National Geographic in Washington D.C. The position is in their children's books department and requires design, production, and even illustration. Anyone who knows me knows I have a soft spot for children's books, especially for the illustrations in those books. So, if the cosmos decides to operate in my favor, I may end up relocating.
Anyway, I hope to update several times over the next two weeks. I have a lot that I am working on and can't wait to share!