May 4th, 2033
Dear former me,
It seems like only yesterday, I was at UP. It was the spring term, 2023. It was the week before graduation and I was finishing up finals anxiously awaiting receiving my diploma.
So much has happened since then…
After graduation, I went back to school to pursue my Masters and to student teach. I student taught in Vancouver in a second grade classroom and did a SpEd practicum. It was one of the hardest years, but it was so rewarding and fun! I learned a lot and I felt so much more confident going into my own classroom.
After a busy year of student teaching and grad school, I moved back to Seattle. I got to fulfill my dream of living on the Hill for a few years. It is one of my favorite places, and living there has some of the best memories for me. Walks in Cal Anderson Park, nights at QB and Neumos and Cha Cha Lounge, and delicious meals at the various hole in the wall places will always be cherished!
After moving back to Seattle, I got my first teaching job in a second grade class! I taught in second grade for several years, and then began my journey as a SpEd teacher. I knew I would always end up in SpEd, but I was still passionate about GenEd, so I wanted a few years in the classroom before going to SpEd. I have been at the same school ever since I started teaching and I wouldn’t trade it for the world! I still teach SpEd today and, although it is hard, it is the best job I could’ve ever wished for. I am so passionate about what I do and I love the kids and my team.
You got this! I know it seems like a long road ahead between grad school, student teaching, moving out on your own, and starting your career, but you really were built for this. I can’t wait for you to see what lies ahead!