Sunday, June 7, 2015

New Job & New Hair

What you're looking at above is what used to be my classroom and place of work, on the last day that it was mine, after spending nine years as a classroom teacher.  Used to be because I have a new job!  Let's start at the beginning.  Back in April, I heard about an opening in my school district that would basically be a new position as a Title I Specialist.  The job description included some work on the Title I Plan as well as work in managing and installing iPads into our Mobile Device Management System, providing teachers with Professional Development for those in 1:1 iPad or Chromebook classrooms, and providing other technical assistance.  At the time I learned about the job, I was already doing a lot of those duties, while still trying to teach so I already knew how to do most of the things.  I just didn't have the time that I needed to really devote to those duties.  When the job finally posted last week, I applied with the hopes of getting the position and being able to use my skills to help our district to make our technology initiatives more successful.  

I interviewed for the job on Monday and found out Thursday morning that I got it!  Thursday was the last day of the school year for me and all these things coming together at once lead to a really busy week and weekend cleaning, packing, and moving out of my classroom.  Plus, even though I'm technically on summer vacation right now, I start work on Monday at one of our Title I schools installing iPads into our MDMS.  This will be a part of my job when I officially start but I'm being paid extra to work over the summer so we can help the tech team to get the 600+ new iPads into the system before next school year.  I already know how to do this so I was offered to work extra hours at my hourly rate to get it done.  My official start date for my new position as Title I Specialist will not begin until July 20th (I'll be an eleven month employee now), but I'm working for most of the summer except the time I'll be back in Pennsylvania to visit family.  With everything going on all at once this week, I didn't get a chance to shoot my empties or favorites videos or any of the blog posts that I wanted to get to but I'm excited about all the things happening in my offline life right now.

This morning, I finally had time to run down and get my hair trimmed, as it had been six weeks and I needed a trim as well as a bit of a change to my previous haircut.  I wanted to go just a bit shorter and I was inspired by the popular textured bobs being sported by people like Lauren Conrad and Julianne Hough.  I took this picture to my stylist, which was pretty similar to how my hair was cut before, just a bit shorter.  I love that it's low maintenance because it's choppy and it doesn't have to be perfect to look good.  I'm ready to start my summer work in style now!