I have an announcement. I was going to wait until Monday, but what the heck. What I’ve been busy with over the last few weeks has been interviewing. Interviewing, preparing to interview, researching, etc. I’ve accepted a position at a nearby Independent school for girls (my own FGS, if you will) as the Computer Science Coordinator. I’ll be teaching technology and computing for middle school and high school. Quite frankly, I’m a little giddy about the whole thing. I can’t remember if I mentioned it here, but I know I’ve mentioned it in comments elsewhere that K-12 was an avenue I was looking into. I had thought, of course, that I’d end up teaching English. And, indeed, I’d sent out many applications and inquiries looking into doing just that. And then this job fell into my lap. At first I thought, I can’t do this. On paper, it looks like I can’t do this. But then, I started thinking about it, learning more about the job and I realized that actually, I could do it and could do it well.
So many interviews later, and a practice course teaching a group of middle school girls, here I am with a new job in a field that I love. Sure, I love reading and writing and talking about books and poetry and communication, but I think my true passion lies in technology. And I’m especially excited about the possibility of influencing and mentoring young women to pursue computing as a career. If I’d had someone like me teaching when I was in middle school, I might be at Google by now. 🙂 And now, I’m at EdCampPhilly, meeting all kinds of new colleagues, people I can draw on as I’m learning the ropes, so yippee!