May 13th, 2014 by

Professional Smithers Life

Things have been a movin’ and a shakin’ in Smithersland.

Life has been busy — not just because of the wee ones, but also because things have been happening for me professionally.

In April, I had a quick trip to Boston to present at a national science teachers’ conference. I wrote two proposals and BOTH got accepted, so I had double the fun to prepare for. Not only that — one of the presentations included hands-on physical science activities. This meant that I had to schlepp (sp?) cabbage juice, calcium chloride, baking soda, spring scales, copper wire, batteries, and light bulbs in a suit case.

I wrote this note for TSA and put it in my checked bag.

Sure enough, when I got there I found a TSA notice of inspection and a little smiley face drawn by TSA on the bottom of the note.

It was definitely nice to have a little break from the demands of mommyhood, but with 2 presentations and pumping full time, it was actually kind of exhausting. Here are some of the highlights.

I had to eat a 7-11 breakfast on the go one morning, so this one was for Normie.
Even tried a new beer while out for dinner
Our walk back to our hotel along the water

I got to the airport on Saturday night to head home and had to switch gears. Bright and early Monday morning, I was tasked with leading a “leadership lesson” with staff at my school as a demonstration of my skills for the hiring committee. It was for my candidacy for an Assistant Principal position. I didn’t allow myself to work on the lesson until after my presentations were over. So, I ended up spending about 5 hours on it between the airport and the flight. Fast forward a couple weeks and I got the job! That’s right…I am officially a freakin’ Assistant Principal!

Things are definitely going to look different next year. The AP position is 0.6 — which, in teacher language, means that I work 60% of a full time job. So, I will work 3 days each week. I might be working one other afternoon, but that hasn’t been decided yet. It is going to take some adjusting to get used to not being at school every day, but it is also going to be really nice to have a little bit of a breather from the day-in-day-out grind of my job.

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