To Teach is to Learn Twice Over

In one calendar year we ...
Sold our home,
Tim resigned from his position at Coors,
We re-image our company and Tim returned to being self employed,
Started building our home,
and most recently I started my career.

In the 2018 - 2019 school year I will be Mrs. Reed, English Language Arts teacher at 
Canon City High School.

I'm not entirely sure where to start with all of the excitement I have surrounding this change for myself and our family. So I'll begin with the questions I've been asked most frequently. 

What will you be teaching? I'll be teaching Honors English 9, Video Production, Speech and English 9.

Have you always wanted to be a teacher? I think that it's always been on my path, I just didn't take the straightest route to get here. My senior year I completed the Future Teachers of America Program. However, when I got to college I fell in love with Mass Communications. After Tim and I were married I was searching for a more family friendly career. I was accepted into the Masters of Arts in Education at Colorado College. We found out we were moving to Denver shortly after my acceptance. I made the decision to withdraw from the program. Then we had the girls...

How can you be a teacher with a degree in Mass Communications? This summer I obtained my alternative license from the Colorado Department of Education. This included paper work, taking and passing the Praxis exam, and being accepted to a licensure program. This year I am simultaneously taking classes online through University of Colorado's, Aspire to Teach program.

What will you do with the girls? Thankfully Karoline is in first grade and will have a schedule that very closely resembles mine. Alexandra LOVED school last year and will attend school five days a week and will spend her afternoons with her Papa Joe.

How are you doing? In large part I believe that ignorance is bliss. I don't know what lies ahead of me, I have never student taught. Some may view this as a negative. I however view it as an amazing opportunity to be molded into whatever the high school needs from me. I am willing and able to do what is asked without any preconcieved notions.

This opportunity could not have happened without AMAZING support from Tim, my family, friends (huge thank you to the entire VanIwarden family), CCHS administration and staff and members of our community.

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