309

Good morning! 

Summer is almost over. I report for my first day at Kendall-Whittier in a week, on next Tuesday, August 15th. To room 309. 

My first day employed as a teacher happens to fall on my deceased mother’s birthday. A coincidence? I don’t think so. She would be so touched.

The students don’t report until August 21st. That first week is work week for us, preparing for their arrival. I’m not quite ready, although I’m getting there. My room is coming together. I’ve got my seating down. And my goodies unpacked. I just need to post my bulletin boards. And label their tubs and book bags. With the personal stuff. That last minute stuff you wait to do once you’ve received your class roster. With their birthdays. And each of their class schedules and my classroom rules for them to follow.  

Room 309. My own classroom. It’s so surreal that it’s really happening. 

The thought of all the teachers and students that have filled that room before me fills my imagination. 

I take a moment and ask God to make me the best teacher I can be in room 309. It’s my first year. Reality tells me I probably won’t be the best teacher room 309 has ever seen, but I can certainly be MY best. 

And I pray each student that walks through the door of room 309 will give his or her best. With my help, you can count on it.

I pray that together we can learn and grow and have fun doing it. With a whole lot of love and a little bit of laughter in the mix. 

309. That may just be any old number to you, but it’s going to beccome my home away from home. A big chunk of my world. Much of my life. A huge investment of my time and my passion. 

Within its walls will fall a short year of learning for my students, but a lifetime of getting me here for me. They will spend this next school year learning not just common core subject matter and meeting IEP goals, but take away life skills to succeed in years to come. For their future.

I can’t wait to see what unfolds from room 309! To you it’s just a number, but to me it’s a path. It’s a journey. For me and my students, it’s going to be a new adventure each and every day in learning to grapple with the new and the familiar as we rise to be the best we can be! 

I am no longer anxious, fearful of this new calling. I embrace walking in to room 309 with my big girl teaching pants, or dress, on! For I know I won’t be doing it alone. My God has gone before me and His plans are to prosper and give hope and a future. 

That’s exactly what room 309 shall be about. Plans to prosper and give hope and a future. Every day! 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.               Jeremiah 29:11

Love and laughter, 

Sandy 

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