Monday, April 17, 2017

The Next Chapter.

A little over a year ago, I published my first real blog post on here about a day trip I took with my best friend to San Antonio. Little did I know that the following year, I would become a resident of that wonderful city!

At the start of last year, I really didn't know what my plan was going to be post-grad. I was feeling kind of lost in my degree path, recovering from a little heartbreak and overwhelmed with just the idea of graduating and leaving college. Then during one of my weekly Communication Council meetings, a woman came to talk to us about Teach for America.

Now let me just preface this by saying that I am typically not impressed nor swayed by recruiters of anything. I think the last time I really got swept away by a recruiter was in 5th grade when the Coast Guard landed a helicopter in our schoolyard. Anyways, as I was sitting in this meeting listening to this woman discuss Teach for America and her experience as a corps member, I couldn't help but connect to everything she was saying.

When she talked about the opportunities, the commitment, and the mission of TFA, it was like a lightbulb went off in my head. I even remember turning to my friend and quietly saying that this was something I could see myself doing.

Fast forward a bit, I applied to Teach for America to become a Fall 2017 Corps Member and I was ACCEPTED! I was (and still am!) over-the-moon excited about the opportunity to be in the classroom teaching this upcoming fall.

I was placed to teach in San Antonio and I could not be more excited to live there soon. I loved living in Austin but, truth be told, I never saw myself living there past college. I also really enjoyed my summers working in Houston but wanted to experience another place before deciding whether or not move back there permanently.

San Antonio is the perfect placement, as it's not too far away from my sweet nephew Hank and I still get to live in the Hill Country. Not only that but it might be one of the best-kept secrets in Texas that San Antonio is a really cool place to live with lots of culture, history and delicious food.

I was very fortunate and got to interview with some schools in San Antonio early this year and I already signed a contract to teach 3rd-grade math at a school downtown. I also kind of unexpectedly signed a lease for my first apartment this past week, which is extremely exciting and nerve racking. I'm moving to San Antonio earlier than I expected to but I just loved the apartment so much I couldn't pass it up! The neighborhood is great too--lots of places to eat, see live music and enjoy the city.

This next chapter of my life will undoubtedly be full of new experiences, lots of challenges (big and small), and many, many failures (and hopefully many successes too!). I am scared and excited and nervous and anxious. But my biggest hope is that I am able to do right by my students and show them that they are loved, supported and capable of doing anything because I know they will be.

Last year at this time, I had no idea what the next year of my life would look like and I was terrified. Now, I can't wait to see what happens next. 


  1. This is, for sure, a very exciting time in your life for you AND your students -- although they don't realize that yet. They'll soon find out how fortunate they are to have you as their link to a more fortunate life for them. Geneva & I wish you all the success possible in your adventure. Congratulations! Bob & Geneva

  2. Thank you so much for the kind words, Bobby and Geneva! Your support means the world to me.