On October 24th, the School Board accepted my resignation. My last day of work at my current school and in my current district will be November 3rd. This year is my 15th year in the district as a library media specialist and third grade teacher. There will be no 16th year.
I have accepted a new position with Discovery Education that begins November 7th. My official title will be Manager – DEN Community. What will this new job entail? Let’s just say all things DEN. My focus will be with the Discovery Educator Network. This job will probably be different from day to day and week to week. I look at this as a good thing. There won’t be a regular routine, like there is in a school. There won’t be regular calendar, like there is in a school. I’m excited about these things and what I will be doing as part of my new position. Among other things, I’ll be helping with day to day operations of the DEN, helping with PreCon events at some edtech conferences, working with the DEN Leadership Councils and helping to continue sharing resources with the DEN Community and others in a variety of ways. My DEN team is incredible and I can’t wait to work with Lance Rougeux, Porter Palmer, and Steve Dembo.
This will be quite a change from the public school system routine. It’s a change I’m welcoming. Leaving my colleagues and students will certainly not be the easiest thing, but I’ve switched schools before and life has moved on. I’ll be jumping to the corporate world as well, which will be quite a change from such a public job, one that’s continuing to be scrutinized more and more. Fortunately, I’ll still be working with awesome DEN Members and fantastic educators online. I’ll continue to learn from my online community, a community I cannot live without.
While the public school teacher chapter in me closes, I’m more than thrilled to begin the next chapter in my career. Let the fun begin!