In 1st grade, where I spent the first two months of the 2015-16 academic year assisting Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Mahaffey, our character trait is thankfulness, and I am just that — thankful for the opportunity to serve Harrisburg Academy and its students to the best of my ability; thankful for the relationships I am building with coworkers and students; and thankful for the lessons each one of these people have taught me.
As the building substitute, my day may begin in a senior English class before I’m off to a Middle School Spanish class, and by the end of my day I am outside at recess with Junior Kindergarten. This can be and has been my day on occasion, and as you can imagine, it is very exciting. I can see the full spectrum of students and teachers, from pre-college academic disciplines to pre-elementary picture books, in a single day. This privilege affords me the ability to interact with more students in a single day than I would as a first-year teacher in any single grade or subject. And it also allows me to get to know more of the wonderful (and supportive!) Harrisburg Academy staff.
Sure, being a building substitute also means staying on top of my schedule and not the other way around. Knowing exactly where I have to be and when would be impossible if not for my smartphone’s integrated calendar, with up-to-the-minute updates (Again, I’m thankful!). We starting a new school year, but for this building substitute, it feels like things are just beginning.