Why I’m Exhausted, but in a Good Way

Today’s post is going to be short because I’m actually writing it Tuesday night and I’m totally wiped out.  Yesterday was a long, exhausting day, but it was exhausting in a way that leaves me hopeful, not stressed.  And that, my friends, is a huge blessing.

My new school is amazing.  I can’t even begin to describe for you all the wonderful people I will be working with.  In-service is usually the bane of a teacher’s existence (really, ask anyone who has worked in education; no one likes in-service), but at Collegiate everything we’ve done has been beneficial.  We’ve spent most of the past two days focusing on culture building – making sure that we as a staff are all on the same page and talking about how we are going to pass that culture on to the students.  We also get actual work time to plan and be in our classrooms, which is so much better than pointless team-building exercises* or rambling meetings.

*I’m actually one of those rare people that enjoys team-building exercises, but so many of the ones we did at my old school didn’t actually help us learn about anyone or they just went on way too long.  Also, at least half the staff would refuse to participate (at least seriously), which kind of defeats the purpose.

The biggest thing I’m thankful for is the positive atmosphere in the building.  I didn’t realize how toxic the environment was at Kingsbury until I experienced Collegiate.  Everyone is just so positive and encouraging.  Even if people complain about the things we’re required to do, they’re usually kidding and everyone recognizes that it will make them better teachers, so they do it.  No one’s refusing, no one’s saying, “oh, just fill out the template, it doesn’t really matter,” nothing like that.  Everyone really is on mission to provide students with an education that will lead to college success.

And if that wasn’t enough, the cherry on top is that we get to talk about Jesus without it being super weird/inappropriate!  We pray before breakfast and lunch (both of which they provide, and both of which have been delicious), start each day with a devotional, and frequently reference scripture.  It’s amazing how much of a difference those little things can make in the workplace atmosphere.

It’s only been two days and I’m already wondering why on earth I am so blessed.  I’ve already been given so much, and now I have my dream job, too?  It’s just astounding.

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