Yikes, so here we are, the end of January 2018 and I have found a new path in my journey. I will be moving on from SLOCOE, but is it really moving on, which to me sounds so final, or is it moving along, which has more of a continuous ring to it?
Since I began working at SLOCOE I have found myself even more reflective of who I am and who I want to be. I’ve gained so much knowledge both professionally and personally.
Personally, because I’ve had the pure pleasure of truly just being myself with my own needs and wants in a very tiny space. I’ve quit smoking in this time as well, most likely due to the fact that I am at peace internally. I still have bouts of anxiety, but not as strong or as lasting. Walking along the harbor, just me and my D-dog, lost in the rhythm of the waves, or the steps or my own breathing. It’s very soothing!
I am looking forward to going back to the mountains full time. But I will miss the sounds of the ocean at night, particularly the seals barking!
Professionally, oh my, I’ve regained my confidence first and foremost. Having had the chance to work with such great people, learn with great supervisors who appreciate and recognize your contributions to the organization and educational community, has been incredible. My own understanding of both assessment and accountability for Math Educations has supported my work for Access and Equity for all students. I truly believe that the collaborative work with the CA Math Community of Practice by CCSESSA, the CAASPP Institutes with SCOE/CDE and being appointed Lecturer for K-8 Math Methods last year at Cal Poly has brought me to this point along with coaching and mentoring by some phenomenal people!
So in this light, I do not see this as Moving On, but actually Moving Along my journey I was meant to take.