Today was our first official day as staff at New Life Academy. All staff reported this morning for an in service on the 6+1 writing traits given by another teacher at the school. It was quite interesting as I had never heard the details or used it before. I also met my aide today and we were quite excited to discover we are the same age. She is a very sweet girl and I look forward to getting to work with her! Her name is Azusa and she is from Okinawa. It's a blessing that she will be able to act as my translator as well. I had the chance to work some more in my classroom this afternoon. I'm almost ready to post some pictures of it so hang tight! It's really quite strange the range of emotions that I can feel in one day. There are times when I am excited to be doing this and then there are moments when I think I must be crazy! I've also been feeling overwhelmed with the thought of teaching my kids English on top of all the other things we have to cover this year. I'm sure I will be the ultimate resource efficient girl at the end of this year. Today I even traced and cut out my own letters for my bulletin board and walls! It is a completely different world and environment than I'm used to, but I know this adventure is going to be awesome. I will have three staff kids in my class this year and I had the opportunity to meet them today. They are some of the most adorable children ever! After meeting one of the boys I asked him if he remembered my name and he said Miss Puppy...hehe One of the girls called me Pepsi...lol They like following me around and just giggling. So, for day 1, it was quite successful!
I would appreciate your prayers as I prepare to meet with the parents of my students next Wednesday and welcome the kids on Thursday, in addition to feeling a great need for family and friends.