Oh, Hello Again!
Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out this page! I wanted to introduce myself and give you a glimpse into who I am and why I created The At Home Educator Podcast.
Who am I?
I grew up in North Florida from the time I was 3 years old to the time I graduated High School. I then went to college at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. I was what some would call an "overachiever" in school and ended up graduating with a Bachelor's of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies by the time I was 20.
Now if you're wondering what the heck Interdisciplinary Studies is, then get in line because I'm not really sure if anyone knows. I always tell people that I majored in the art of "I Don't Know". I had focuses in writing and rhetoric, digital media, and health in school and somehow took enough classes in those subjects to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in two years.
After graduating, I had a very hard time finding the right career path to go down. I tried government internships, parks and recreation management, teaching dance, and teaching preschool. I finally had my epiphany moment while teaching full-time at a Primrose School. After a few months I finally found my calling. I realized I truly loved teaching and watching little minds grow!
So, I decided to start taking this teaching thing seriously and pursued my alternative teaching certification in the state of Florida. I was hired soon after that as a middle school language arts teacher. I taught 8th grade Language Arts and Creative Writing my first year (2017) and 7th grade Language Arts my second year (2018).
Halfway through my second year of teaching my husband was sent to Texas for military training. Our plan was for me to finish out the school year, finish earning my teaching certificate, and then move to Texas to meet him. However, life had different plans and I found out that I was pregnant with our first child.
So, I dropped everything, moved to Texas with my husband, and my teaching career was put on hold. A story that is probably familiar to many of you too.
Now, don't get me wrong, I was ECSTATIC about having our first baby. It just came a little earlier than expected and I wasn't quite ready to give up my career yet. So I started searching for ways I could continue teaching. I ended up being a substitute teacher in Texas until our baby girl was born in June of 2018.
After having a baby, as many of you probably know, life got a lot more complicated. With a husband in training (A.K.A. gone all the time) I couldn't leave the baby at home enough to continue substituting and it pained me to think about putting my newborn baby into daycare so that I could work. That's when I had another epiphany...
Education is universal. Educators are needed everywhere and in every part of the world. I thought: "There has to be a way for this to work!". And so, I did make it work and I became The At Home Educator.
I decided to put my skills to use as an online ESL teacher, continue creating resources that were useful for my fellow teachers, and to get more involved in the community of Educators that I was already a part of.
Why start this Podcast?
My hope is that by starting this podcast, I will help other educators embrace the changes that life brings as they continue through their career. Our pathway to our goals are not always straight lines, and I feel like in my life this is especially true. Instead of retreating and giving up on my dreams of a career in Education, I decided to embrace my situation and try to use it to help others the best that I can.
It is my wish that others will listen to this podcast to learn something new, feel empowered, and maybe laugh a little along the way as well. I am so glad that you are here to come on this journey with me and I can't wait to see where this crazy life takes us as At Home Educators!