Yesterday, I wrote about what I miss about my teaching experience in Texas. Today, I got my Iowa driver licence, so I guess I am going to stay. Actually, I am thrilled that I took this leap.
In no particular order my favorite things about teaching in Iowa:
- Local Control-When the Governor said that he was going to enforce a later start date for all school, an uproar occurred because most people agree that it should be local control. In the end, a bill was passed to give school districts more control.
- My Superintendent Dr. Tate– I saw in my school about dozen time during the first few weeks of school and he was constantly observing without talking to the teachers. I was so impressed and then he did something even more amazing in March. We were facing a budget crisis, but he made a bold decision to break state law for our students. Read his letter here.
- Iowa educators-I look forward to my Sunday mornings when I participate in #IAedchat. I find that it focuses me on the goals for the week ahead. I also am inspired by the people I work with. I have grown so much because of the conversations I have had with the Monroe staff. The reflective nature of my principal has forced me to think about my language.
- Iowans- When I called to get my teaching licence switched back to Iowa, they said “Welcome back!” I have heard that so many times that I feel that we belong. The friendliness of Iowans makes my move so easy.
It was scary to move, but I am glad that I did.