Welcome to our final instalment for our school holidays Jot Kids Feature for July 2015.
Fellow Jot Girl Kim Jeffress has recently returned to the classroom after an eight year break and I caught up with her recently to hear how it’s all going.
Kim says, “I absolutely love my job as a teacher and could never imagine myself doing anything else….. that’s what I knew and loved for 15 years before I had my children. I had two boys born in 2006 and 2008.
I spent the next 8 years as a stay at home mum rearing both my boys and loved every minute of it. When my eldest was two and I was pregnant with my second we moved from Sydney to Brisbane for my husband’s work. After settling in to our beautiful new home I needed to find a social outlet for my self as well as my son, so I started up a playgroup in our area for children aged 0 to 5. I used some of my teacher training to organize fun activities for the mostly toddlers at the playgroup and I ran the playgroup for almost 5 years.
When my eldest started school I started to have that yearning to head back to the classroom but I also knew it was important for me to be there for him as well as my youngest who was only three. I compromised by volunteering as much as I could in his classroom, helping out with reading and writing groups and school activities.
Last year my youngest started school and I did the same for him, helped out as much as I could, utilizing my teaching schools where possible but my head and heart was starting to think about returning to teaching in a big way. It took a lot of paper work for me to transfer from the NSW to QLD education system but early this year I finally got the go ahead to start teaching again..
Then the butterflies started…after eight years away from teaching I wondered, could I do it?? Would I remember everything? Would I remember the basics of teaching, planning curriculum, behaviour management ..and then all the self doubts crept in.
I then landed a contract for the whole year and I was thrown into the thick of it….and guess what!
From day one it came back just like that! The old saying “it’s just like riding a bike” is so true.
I feel so comfortable being out the front of my classroom nurturing my five and six year old students ( I teach a prep/year 1 class). I love heading into work everyday knowing I am shaping their little minds, growing their knowledge and creating little learners.
It truly is the best feeling in the world.
It has been a huge adjustment for my family, not having me around before and after school like before, there has been a ton of mummy guilt…. there still is every single day (do we all go through that??) but I am hoping that all the time I spent with my boys before returning to work will allow them to become bright well rounded citizens.
I would not change any of the last 8 years for the world and I now look forward everyday to the future for my family and I and the students that I teach!”