So, as you may have gathered, I have returned to college. Yes, after first enrolling in this fine university back in '95 - gasp! - I am back again. Not withstanding, I do actually have a degree - but not the one that I want. I made the decision, when I left the airline industry in 2002, that I wanted to go back to school. Initially I enrolled in Accounting courses - afterall, it is what I know, even though it was not where my heart was. I had made a good living at the airline working in fields that always called on my accounting knowledge and know-how and I was really good at what I did. But 9/11 happened and the allure of aviation just wasn't there anymore. All I could think of while the towers were falling was how I wanted to run to my car as fast as I could and get home to my Doodlebug. So I cashed in my company loyalty, took the buy out that was offered and moved on to greener pastures - I was going to get to stay at home with the Doodlebug and focus on eventually finishing school.
Quick leap to the present. It is now 2008 and I am STILL, or should I say, BACK in school. Granted, I got sidetracked a few times. I continued to work as a contractor in my old office at the airport. I went in one or two days a week just to stay on top of things. I attended classes. I subbed at the Doodlebug's Preschool and I also was room mom. Her first year in public school, I took a job running the After School Program at her school - all while still taking classes full time. I worked there for one year - I feel like I paid my dues in more ways than one - and decided that I wouldn't be returning in the fall. We had some family health issues with my parents and grandparents that side tracked me for a while and time continued to march along. Finally a friend and my daughter's teacher convinced me to sign up to be a substitute teacher. That was the beginning of 2006 and I loved it. I decided then and there, this was something that I wanted to pursue.
Now I am about to finish my underclass requirements for my (second)Associates degree in Education. I'm planning on finishing my coursework at an off-campus location for one of the larger and more respected universities in the state. I'm going to pursue dual certification in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. I want to make a difference. I want to be one of those teachers who makes her students all feel special and unique. I want to make learning fun. I worry sometimes that this is going to take forever to finish - but now I have a projected completion date. I should finish my program Spring of 2010 - That sounds like FOREVER away and I'm sure the UIC would be glad if I could finish tomorrow, but it'll all be worth it in the end.