I received a surprise blessing last week: I’m being hired by Manteo High School, my alma mater, to be an AVID tutor! The front office secretary left a message on my answering machine earlier this week to call back when I can and when I did, the principal asked me to come to the office. They said after the previous tutor said she couldn’t work this year, that I was their first choice to take her job. It’s kind of crazy and I’m worried that I’ll be really busy with two part-time jobs and being a full time student, but I told them my schedule and they seem flexible. I’ll be working Fridays through the whole school day with a previous AVID teacher of mine. Since I want to become an English teacher, it should be an eye-opener!
As I was reminiscing on the MHS website, I saw that the front page features my senior year AP Literature and Composition teacher, Mrs. Thomas, who is the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year. She’s the teacher Mom had mentioned in this blog post who been among many motherly presences in the high school for me.
All four of my English teachers have had a profound influence on me and my desire to teach. But my English class from this year had both hardworking students who actually wanted to be in an honors class and a teacher I really connected with, a combination which I had never had so strongly before. It was my favorite class of my whole high school career.
It’s going to be so weird to be a kind-of-coworker with my old teachers, especially as before, I had only ever imagined being their coworker after earning my degree and being hired as an English teacher at Manteo. I won’t be on their level (pretty much like an intern), but I’ll see them in the teachers’ longue and in the hallways. It might be too soon to call teachers by their first names (I already know most of their first names… somehow). I guess it’ll be a thing of “Hi, Mr./Mrs. ______” “Oh, you can call me ______” if the teacher in question is less formal. Regardless of awkward social stuff, it’ll be really fun to see them all again. Also, I’ll get to wear a teacher badge and I’ll be called Miss Smith! That, my professional attire, and my new haircut should encourage my adult identity instead of my a-short-girl-who-graduated-from-high-school-this-year identity.
I’m looking forward to Friday!