I officially restarted my career as an educator today, with a leadership team meeting at my new school. I’d only really ever been in one small part of the building before, so I took a while and wandered around, trying to get a feel for the place.
We, uh, may have a roach problem. It was one of the first things my new boss said to me when I walked in. She’s kinda horrified, so there’s gonna be all sorts of exterminators out between now and school starting. I’m fully aware that every old building this size has some roaches but I saw two of them that were both over an inch long while I was there and that’s gonna be a problem.
That’s all I’ve got to complain about, though. You can usually identify the bad seed in any group of educators within a couple of minutes of the start of a meeting, and as far as I know there wasn’t one, which is pretty damn exciting. Everyone seems really dedicated and hyped about the school year starting, and it got infectious fast. I just wish I had a better handle on what my actual job is going to be like on a day-to-day basis, but that’ll come sooner or later.
I also had a moment about halfway through the meeting where I realized that it looks like the places where I disagree with my new boss about things all seem to be places where she has more faith in the kids than I do. I don’t know that I’m going to unpack that any more than pointing it out, at least right now, but it was an interesting thing to take note of.
I haven’t sold a book on Amazon since a day or two after I got back from Indy Pop Con, which was an embarrassingly long time ago. Somebody out there has to be looking for something to read, right? My books are inexpensive and delicious, check ’em out!