From out of the Pandemic

What can I say about the last 16 months? I should have taken the time to document something here like the day to day craziness of being on lockdown with the family, or used this time to reach out to people and offer them support (which I did on Instagram and Facebook…kind of…when I wasn’t getting baited into arguments about this or that). I really had every intention of getting back into blogging because I always felt a greater sense of accountability when I did it everyday. And I think in any normal time this may have been the case, however as a teacher in crisis teaching mode from March to June of 2020 I didn’t get to do all of the things that I wanted to. It was just a very stressful time get used to the distance learning model. Then I spent the summer teaching a credit recovery class and creating curriculum for for the dual-enrollment Intro to Business class for my school district. This better prepared me to teach this class the way it is supposed to be taught.

When school finally started back up, both my wife and I were teaching 100% online. We had wired the house with ethernet cables because we wanted to make sure that we weren’t contributing to any lag for our students who may not have had the best internet connections. I set up shop in the bedroom with a makeshift desk and my wife took the extra room / office. Our kids had their own spots too and we were all zooming to school at the same time. We were lucky to have a good set up unlike many of the students that we were trying to teach. We worked through the school year teaching mostly to black screens. And even though we worked to try to provide the same quality of education to our students that we always do, many students found the difficulties of distanced learning to be too much, and yet still others thrived as they were able to do the work on their own time. Either way, many students found themselves responsible for helping their family units function through jobs and child care more than usual. It was all I could do to be there for them and help guide them through the year to be as successful as they could be and I am thankful that the majority of my students did well and my overall grade average for the class was higher.

If there is anything that I learned through this pandemic is that people are resilient and adaptable. I think we have made it through the worst of it. Yet Covid seems to be lingering around and burning through populations of people where prophylaxis isn’t necessarily a priority. Either way, I am here gearing up for a new school year. Thankful to be in person and ready for anything.

I’ve had an interesting past few months to say the least and now I am looking forward to documenting my journey through everything here more often.

Welcome Back!

So much has happened since the last time I posted something in here. Seems like forever! Here is a quick recap of where my life has taken me over the past twenty months.

In August of 2017 I embarked on my new journey as a full time business teacher with a Preliminary Career Technical Education (CTE) credential teaching Virtual Enterprise, Business Leadership Development, and Keyboarding (Typing and Computer Programs) at East Bakersfield High School. This allows me to use my experience in business as subject matter competency to teach students about business. As is typical being a new teacher, schools seem to always try and add coaching to the list of duties. Knowing that my life would already be crazy with being in school to clear my credential in business and math as well as taking courses to clear my CTE credential as well, of course I jumped at the opportunity when they said they would like me to take over the cross country and track programs because I am crazy like that.

After an amazing first year in cross country, Virtual Enterprise, and track wherein I was lucky to have the honor of working with some amazing kids. Since I was introduced to a life in education, from starting out as a mentor, to becoming a substitute teacher, to now working full time and coaching in high school, I have felt this sense of fulfillment in my career choice that I never really felt in construction management. Luckily, I was asked to return for another year. I love what I get to do! Regardless of how much work it has been to get to this point, I can honestly say it has been worth it!

Now I am halfway through this school year. I am finishing off my credential classes, working towards clearing my CTE credential in business and construction, single subject business, a supplementary in math, and a Masters of Education in Teaching Math. Facilitating the Virtual Enterprise class and coaching are my outlets. I love helping the students and student/athletes work towards being the best they can be in the classroom and on the field. I truly believe that I am where I am supposed to be right now and I am looking forward to being in this role for years to come!