I have so many feels right now.
In less than two weeks, I'm going to start my new job doing professional development fulltime for my state teachers union.
Which means that for the first time in 13 years, I will not be greeting students on the first day of school.
I am so excited to start my new job. I think I'm going to have a real opportunity to have a big impact on improving professional learning for the members of my union.
I am so terrified to be going into a job that is so different from what I was doing before. PD was a professional hobby, but now I'm going to do it nonstop? What if it's better as a hobby?
And I am so sad to know that I won't be spending every day with the kids any more, who have always made teaching such a great job to have.
I know there are people out there in similar positions, whether you've gone the fulltime consultant route, or you joined district-level administration, or you've gone to a non-profit, or you've gone to work for a publisher or a tech startup. Does the weird feeling of being out of the classroom ever go away? Was it worth leaving the classroom? Have you been able to have the impact that you wanted to? Do you want to go back? Do you plan to go back at some point? Do you lose relevance at some point if you're out of the classroom too long?
Advice and support appreciated. I'd love to hear what you're doing, and what compelled you to leave.