Yes, it's been a long time. The end of the school year is always rough for me. This year, it was awful for a smorgasbord of reasons. First, I received an email in mid May from my school district saying that the academy at my school (for which I am the lead teacher) needed to spend $67,000 by June 1. WT**?! We were told that our grant money for the year was gone, but someone made a mistake at the district and we did have money--a lot of it. So, I ordered my heart out--computers, document cameras, photocopiers, books, LCD projectors, and more. But the end of the year is stressful, and this was just one worry I didn't need on my plate this year. Normally, I would have a coordinator to help me, but she's been out on maternity leave, so I had to do it all myself.
Second, I had a lot of paperwork to figure for my academy's grant for next year, I had to line up a student teacher for next year, and worry about my paycheck, because we have five furlough days this year and seven next year! My check was $700 shorter than normal last month. Ouch.
Let's see...I also got a new position which will start in the fall. I will only teach two classes, and the rest of the day I will be my school's testing coordinator. I'm looking forward to that challenge, and although I know I'll miss not having as many students, I will not miss having fewer papers to grade. With 40+ kid to a class (and 5 classes per day), it was becoming so hard to keep up with grading. This will be a relief. I may actually get to be the kind of teacher I want to be when only teaching two classes.
Finally, I had surgery--today. I had an MPFL (Medial Patellar Femoral Ligament) Reconstruction. Basically, my own hamstring was used to create a new ligament in my knee. I will describe the surgery more later, as I'm running out of steam right now and drugged out on Percoset. I want to use this blog as a journal to update my progress, as I know there isn't a lot out there about the surgery and peoples' experiences with it. I know because I looked for them!
So, today, I'm hanging in there and hoping to get back on the computer tomorrow!