Why I (figuratively) fell off the face of the earth.

September 25, 2014
teacher life

Well hi there other living human beings. It’s good to be among you again. YES, I am still alive (at least in the living breathing sense…not in the relaxed and mentally normal sense). So the reason for my serious absence was due to the fact that literally while preparing a blog post on Wednesday, August 14, 2014 I received a phone call at 1:30pm to attend a job interview at a local high school the following morning at 7:30 am. On Thursday, August 15, 2014 at 7:50 am I became the newest culinary arts teacher at said high school (As a teacher I pride myself on some anonymity…even though yes I am putting this on the internet for anyone to see…I get it). And, the students would be attending school in three days time. I think my stomach fell out of my butt. My ability to describe is clearly innovative.

I was excited. nervous, terrified, grateful, and feeling utterly and completely helpless because I was obviously in no way prepared. If you know me…I don’t handle that well. You see, finding out that El Capitano and I were going to be moving to Florida was really an exciting adventure. Finding zero job leads however was extremely disheartening. With the new school year around the corner, I had basically placed any possibilities of finding a job out of my mind. But I obviously was wrong. I am ok with this.

Life as a culinary arts teacher in a southern state has taught me some very important things:

1. I am capable of teaching 6 classes a day…all in a row. (I pretty much collapse by the end, but its getting to be a new normal.)

2. I will survive teaching almost 50 students a period. YES I SAID 50 AND ITS BASICALLY INSANE!

3. Curry chicken is apparently the best food that exists (according to 98.9% of my students)

4. I apparently lived in a place called Chi-Raq (this would be according to every student….thank you pop culture.)

5. My dog will survive 8 hours at home alone each day without me.

6. I am commonly mistaken as “Miss Mable” for some reason I have yet to understand….

7. Students are EXTREMELY polite

8. I smile when I yell…so much so I apparently scare a lot of my students because it is so creepy (what a compliment…)

9. I work with an amazing woman and I am blessed to have a co-worker who respects my opinions as a fellow teacher

10. I now have my own theme song that goes like this (beat box sound inserted here) “wash yo hands, wash yo hands, wash you hands….ITS NAGEL TIME” (cue random table tapping sounds.

This is WHY I do this job. I hope to be writing more posts soon….





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