The decision to move from the classroom to an office was a really tough one for me to make. I had worked so many years hands- on with the little ones that I didn’t think that I could be happy sitting behind a desk pushing papers; even if the papers did relate to programming details.
After turning down an opportunity to work as an Education Director twice, I finally excepted the offer on the third go round. I had completed my Masters Degree and although I was going to really miss my summers off (one of the perks of being a teacher), I decided to make the transition after a very insightful conversation with my hubby.
One night in a moment of panic, while I was trying to decide whether or not to say yes to the offer, my husband asked me why it was so hard to decide. “what if I miss the classroom? What if I’m not good enough? What if I’m just meant to be a teacher and not a director? I had so many “what ifs”. My husband sat me down and reminded me that I had been the very same person who other teachers had already came to with questions about their own teaching strategies and practices. I had been the one who had researched and planned curriculums for not only my class but also the classes of others. He was right. Then he said words that I will never ever forget. He said ..
“You are a teacher and you are great at what you do. You have been making a big impact on your students for years. But now it’s time for you become a teacher to teachers so that you can make a greater impact. You have to affect the masses. It is your calling”.
Those words made the light bulb click on. I had my ah-ha moment. And I knew that I had to say yes.
3 years later, I am enjoying every minute of being an education director, no regrets whatsoever. Lesson learned.
In life, there are things that we are good at and then there are things that we are great at. Usually those things come so naturally to us that we are surprised when others look at us with admiration while we are doing those things. When we discover, or in my case, someone reveals to us, what that thing is , we may have actually found our life’s purpose. Some may call it our “talent”. But it can’t be ignored and it can’t be avoided. And once you step out on faith and answer the calling on your life, everything begins to fall into place and it’s like finding another missing piece to a puzzle.
Talk to you soon!
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