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Looking Ahead to Next Stages

I think that, in life, it’s important to find your passion. It just doesn’t make sense to me to go through life doing something you don’t enjoy. Why be miserable when you can be happy? Now, I do understand that some people, through circumstances or choices or whatever, are not able to live their passion in their job but I have always thought that it is important to be happy at what you do.

I enjoy my job (most days). I love who I work with and I love who I work for. On most days, I even love every single one of my students, except maybe when they’re screaming at me or making ‘meep meep’ noises. But I’ve come to realize lately that I am simply not passionate about teaching history anymore.

I wasn’t your typical Social Studies teacher major. I didn’t watch the news and I didn’t devour the newspaper. I don’t read books on history for fun. I decided to go into teaching Social Studies because I knew I couldn’t be a kindergarten teacher (original plan) and I loved telling stories. Social Studies seemed like a good fit for me, especially in the secondary education arena. And for six years, I have enjoyed it.

But I’m no longer passionate about it.

Sure, I get excited about things. I always try to spice my lessons up so I dress up or plan out outrageous ideas like a time traveler and a BITE agency (which I haven’t done anything with since about October because I don’t have time to come up with anything). I try to come up with new and innovative ways to teach but I go home most days tired.

Maybe it’s the constant paperwork and meetings – although my admin is one of few who don’t overburden teachers with meetings. Maybe it’s the large class sizes, like the 33 students in my fourth period. Could be it’s the discipline problems or the unsupportive parents. Perhaps it’s my anxiety finally getting to me and causing me to worry that every little thing I do (like giving donuts to the good kids) is going to cause a parent to flip out on me and get me fired.

All I know is that the passion is not there anymore on most days. Now, I still love the educational arena. I know that I am supposed to be doing something with students. But I have determined it is time to get out of the classroom and find my

My passion lies in literature. I absolutely love books and I love trying to get students to read. I enjoy pointing kids towards books I think they’ll like and talking with them when they’re finished.

Each year, I read the first Animorphs book to my students and they always enjoy it – well, most of them. I love trying to get them hooked on at least one book and it’s a book the majority of them have never read before.

So, to that end, I decided to pursue a new career that stays in education but is more in line with my passion – librarian. Yep, I am going back to school to get my Media Specialist certification. I was able to find a program that is just 21 credit hours to add on a Media Specialist certificate if you already have a Masters degree. I got a basic Masters in Education (instead of getting a Masters that opened up new career opportunities, I got one that was good for just a pay raise) a few years ago so, once the state department said the program qualified, I applied and got admitted! I’m super pumped to start my first two classes this summer and I’m pumped to get a job in a hopefully middle school library. Much as I would hate to leave Greer, I am ready to move on to something else. And, who knows, maybe Greer will need a second full-time librarian!

What about you? Have you ever changed careers or thought about doing something else? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Oh and the university I’ll be “attending”? Marshall University, home of the Thundering Herd!