Grade 12 year in high school I was accepted to University for teaching, and nursing. The following years I was again accepted into both. I never was able to afford to go. I figured God had something else in store for me when this never worked out.
Friends of mine got the idea in my head and on my heart to go to school to become a special education assistant. One being a dear friend who wears a cochlear implant, and back then was in elementary school, and her mom who saw how I would encourage her and help her with school work. They really lit a fire under my butt to work towards that. I was again accepted to school, this time for the EA course. Finances for it were stressing me out as I only worked in a retail store and my hours would go down once I started school, so that I could focus on it. Jason kindly helped me out. Later on he told me that he knew he’d marry me soon after our first date and that he was investing in our future.
I love my job, sure it stresses me out, challenges me, makes me want to cry, and it brings so much joy to my life. I have met so many incredible students and staff members. The is one thing I hear on a regular basis from all of them:
Have you thought of becoming a teacher?
Yes I have thought about it. It was my dream when I was younger, but I never looked back after journeying down this road I am currently on. At my current school I’ve been hearing this question daily for the past few weeks. Yesterday I almost broke down into tears as another teacher asked again the question that has been plaguing me for some time.
I’m still “young” according to the teachers I work with, many are encouraging me to at least look into it. It’s been on my heart and mind so much now that I mentioned it to Jason. For now I don’t think I’m ready to go back to school to further my education again. I am however thinking about this, and praying about it. Maybe God was yelling at me to listen up and start looking into this career again, through the voices of those around me? I do know that for now I really want to focus my time and attention on my little family. Maybe some day when my daughter is a bit older, and in school herself, this Mama will pick up her school bag and head back to school.
Have any of you gone back to school, and changed careers after what is considered the “normal” age for post secondary?