Aloha mai kākou! 🙂 I know it’s been a while since my last post. I had been going through a little slump in my life, and it really hindered me from being motivated to do anything. There were moments where I had the urge to write something, and I would actually start writing up posts. However, the emotional side of me would overcome any slimmer of motivation I had to even complete a post, and more often than not I would have to stop. However, I am back, and I will try my best to keep up with this blog! 🙂 (even if it’s just for myself)
Since my last Teaching Diaries post, it’s now about halfway through summer vacation! Even though the students are on break, my workplace is still open, and there are quite a number of students (including some new ones!) who have been continuing with their tutoring work with us. However, our hours of operation start and end earlier compared to during the school year, which sometimes can be hectic especially if/when a bunch of students happen to come in towards the end of work. For the most part, it’s been less crazy than during the school year since the majority of our students are traveling this summer, but it gives me the chance to get to know the students that have been coming in a bit more 🙂
Volunteer days at Mayor Wright have been especially crazy! Ms. Ashley and Ms. Rina were not kidding when they had told Alec and me about how crowded our little library would get during the summer! We’ve been having so many volunteers and interns coming in to work with the kids! (which is understandable since summertime is the perfect time to work on volunteer hours before the school year begins) Because I only go to the library on Wednesdays, I haven’t had the chance to really get to know/work with the newer volunteers. However, it’s been so lovely having new faces in the library! I don’t really get to see people my age often because of work, so it’s been awesome working with other young adults. Plus, the kids are still their energetic selves, and they are working so hard to achieve their summer reading goal of at least eight books this summer in order to win free school supplies!
And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! …*drum roll*…
I’ve been offered (& have accepted!) my first teaching job!!
I have accepted the position of the Hawaiian Specials Teacher at Lanakila! (where I actually do my Reading Days for work already…I’m sure my students there will be shocked when they see me as their teacher at school!)
It’s been an interesting journey getting to this point! Towards the end of 2017/beginning of 2018, I have become a member of the Hawaiian Studies Program, Honolulu District Kupuna and Makua group. I had been attending my district’s monthly meetings, and I have been learning so many valuable things and techniques! These meetings have been such an eye-opener for me, especially as a newbie in the education field, and everyone has been so welcoming from the moment I began attending them.
The original plan was for me to be the teacher at Likelike Elementary. However, they did not contact me at all about the position. While at work at Lanakila, I ran into my cousin’s friend who happens to be one of the teachers there. After talking to her about my plans of waiting for Likelike to call, she told me (or more like exclaimed) that Lanakila was in dire need of a Hawaiian Studies teacher of their own! (In her words, “We’re gonna steal you!”) After putting in a word for me to the principal and giving me her contact information, I had a meeting scheduled to discuss the position. It was there that I learned that Lanakila was a part of the Honolulu District of the Hawaiian Studies Program!
Once the principal and my district head solidified that I have met all the requirements, a formal interview was set. Boy, was I nervous! I have never had an actual job interview before, and as much as I had prepared for this moment, I didn’t know what to fully expect. Thank goodness I did some research and preparations before I went in that day. However, I have never been a fan of public speaking, and I especially am not a fan of interviews. Most of the time, I felt like a babbling mess trying to sell myself and sound like I knew what I was doing! When I left my interview, I had honestly felt that I wasn’t going to get the job. However, a few minutes later, I had gotten a phone call with an offer for the job! 🙂
I am extremely excited to begin this new chapter of my life! Although my nerves and unsureness have been driving me insane, I cannot wait to start teaching and working in a school environment! I will definitely document this journey on this blog, especially because I already know there will be tons of obstacles for me to overcome, and I can’t wait for you all to be a part of this journey with me 🙂
Me ke aloha,