Monday, June 1, 2015


I've had a rocky career so far. I didn't get a job right away after college so I started getting my MEd in counseling as a Masters was required at that point in Ohio.  Then I worked as a homework helper in a library while taking more graduate classes out of town.  I returned home to sub, care for family members, and continue my original MEd.  Finally, I got a lead on a job. I spent a year as a long term sub in a drop out prevention high school knowing that two English teachers were retiring that year and hoping I'd get picked up.  Then due to lower enrollment neither teacher was replaced.  I spent two years as an assistant teacher in a school for students with cognitive and emotional issues.  I started my third Masters program in English.  I quit at the end of my second year to avoid the need for RIFs and intended on going to school full time.  A middle school job fell in my lap at a charter school.  I took it.  I'll write more about that later.  I quit that job with no plans other than to finish my MA in English that summer.  I finished it and decided to pursue teaching college.

I worked hard for that goal.  I taught at several campuses and several schools.  I taught in person, online, blended courses.  I taught developmental ed, first year writing, and bachelor degree level courses.  I attended more PD than required.  I funded two trips to national conferences.  I applied to present at a conference and it was accepted.  I asked to be appointed to a committee for NCTE and was accepted.  I tried innovative things in my classes.  I collaborated with colleagues.  I researched how to teach college writing vs high school.  I never stopped.

Today, it paid off.  Today I found out that I beat out over 200 applicants to be selected as the newest tenure-track professor at the community college in my area.  I am so happy.  So honored.  So proud.

Thanks for reading! 

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations! That is so exciting. I can't wait to read more about this new adventure.

    Brynn Allison
    The Literary Maven