|Sunday, August 20th, 2006
|I’ve been bursting to tell you all...
||Time: 04:07:51 PM
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As many of you know, I have been thinking about a career change since my divorce, since my move back from California, since starting graduate school, and e-Pro Magazine went away, but I was taking my time to figure out what the best move might be and enjoying life and working with LotusUserGroup.org and the folks there. But, I still wanted and was searching for a way to give back to my local community the same way I've been giving to the Lotus community all these years. Well, an opportunity came my way and so I've taken it!
You're now looking at (figuratively, of course) the newest English teacher at KIPP Houston High School. We serve the most traditionally underserved, poorest students and communities in Houston. This is the 3rd year of the high school's existence, although the KIPP middle schools have been around (and succeeding wildly) for the past 12ish years. KIPP is now all over the country and beginning to branch out into elementary schools and high schools, of which KHHS was the first!
Wow! It's been a bit of a whirlwind -- I went for an interview, got offered the job, and started it within a week, starting around the 30th of June. I've been working two jobs for most of July, but our kids are back fulltime starting tomorrow, so I really need to focus. I spent last week at an orientation sleep-away camp at Houston Baptist University, with all the freshmen, sophomores, and faculty staying in dorms, doing activities, and getting to know each other. It meant that I'm starting school knowing most of my students' names and a little bit about who they can be as people (they're amazing, by the way, and I'm not just saying that because I expect some of them to find this someday -- what nice people they are!)
I'm sure it goes without saying, but I'm going to miss the Lotus community so much. I can't quite give up being Notesgirl -- it's been a great ride. Thank you for being part of my life and letting me be part of yours. Of course, I'll still be lurking around. I've had at least one request to come spend a weekend in Florida in January, which I might try to do... (And I hope the Elsmores are still planning to visit Houston while they're in the US! My house is still open and I'm looking forward to a visit!!) Notesgirl.com will stay online, and you'll always (I hope) be able to find me here. Of course, now you'll hear about novels, writing, yoga, and school... Oh wait, you were getting used to hearing a lot about that anyway with my grad school activities over the last year! (In case you were worried, I'm still in grad school - I will NOT quit! I'm going to be taking one class this semester while I see how it goes!) I'll still be lurking around the Lotus-related blogs, hoping to keep in touch with you all - and I miss you already, so please stay in touch with me, too!
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