The summer of 2001 I interviewed at every Kindergarten position that Portland Public Schools had open- without one job offer.
I was disappointed.
I had gone into education to be a Kindergarten Teacher. I had my Field Endorsement in Early Childhood and had worked at the Nike Child Development Center after finishing my (Kindergarten) student teaching.
I was lucky enough to be hired late in August of 2001 to teach a 4-5 Blend at James John School.
I say lucky, because although it wasn't my "ideal" grade level, it turned out to be the ideal school. I loved working with 3rd 4th and 5th Graders more than I ever thought anyone could.
After twelve years I am still just as excited as I was the first day I started here at James John. I am very happy to be a Kindergarten Teacher and I am grateful that it took me only twelve years to do it.