Monday, April 26, 2010

Grad School

I applied to grad school. From an optimistic standpoint, I'm kind of excited about it. I am interested in having my degree in teaching English-language-learners (ELL). Not that I'm necessarily fired up enough to want to begin any time soon, because I want to continue to work in my school of non-English-language-learners.  

The program is very practical for Nashville anyway. The last couple of years our schools have had so many openings in ELL classrooms. Not being a tenured teacher yet - one year to go! - it seems a smart decision to make myself as useful as possible. Personally, I don't want to get out of the classroom to work in administration or even as a specialist or coach. I don't think special education is for me either, as I've been across the hall from the life skills class for two years and think it's too difficult and sad a job for me.

I'm nervous about starting school. The program I want to do consists of classes one weekend a month (Thursday night, Friday night, and all day Saturday) and one month of a summer for a total of 18 months. I think I can handle it, but I worry because I already feel so busy without any extra work.

It's going to be costly, especially with my husband in law school. The good news is, there are grants and scholarships that I can get if I commit to to teaching in a high-needs school for five years. I can complete the program for just under $6,000 at my alma-mater - which I believe is a wonderful school for educators. The downside to the commitment is that my husband and I want to begin our family when he finishes law school in three years. I really want to be a stay at home mom for a few years...

It will all work out in the end.

In other news... We are semi - hunting for a house. I would love to get out of this apartment - no a/c, no dishwasher, etc. etc. etc. BUT, it is the perfect location. I will forever miss this neighborhood when we move.  (On Saturday I got to watch the Music City Marathon from my living room window. I didn't feel like putting on clothes to actually step outside.  ;)  )

It looks as though I'll begin in October.


  1. Good for you... I guess we have to realize as teachers that we are forever students! I hope your school is paying for some of this masters degree, because it is expensive!!!

  2. I got my graduate degree while teaching. It took awhile but I think I finished in three years. It really is a great experience!!

  3. Thanks for the encouragement Sienna and VKT!