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I was a Practical Nurse until we had #3. I worked on the Maternal/Child unit and pediatric home care. For the past 7 years I've been an instructor with the Billings Ovulation Method. If I were to go back to school, I think I'd become a midwife. I don't really plan on that though, I really love being a SAHM. If we can continue to make it work, I'm happy to keep on doing that until they are all grown.
I am part of the Administration at a college in my area and also an adjunct business professor at the same school. I'll be heading back to work on March 13. Really upset every time I think about it, but the daycare is located on campus so I won't be too far from my little love. I'm nervous about the transition to working mom, even the morning routine makes me nervous! I'm sure it will take a week or so to really fall into a good routine getting out the door in the morning.
Before I had kids I was a mental health counselor and a psychiatric technician with teenagers in a psych ward. Not so fun. Then I switched to a children's counselor at a domestic violence shelter and loved that so much I started my masters in social work. Got knocked up and have been a stay at home mom since. I would love to finish my masters but I feel a calling to lactation consulting and am looking at some online bachelors degrees in lactation which would let me sit for a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant test. I would love to work in a hospital with new moms and babies. I could see myself doing that until I retire, honestly.
I have a B.M in Music Education and an M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. When I finished grad school, I was hired full time as a K-6 general music teacher in our local school district. I worked there for three years while also maintaining a private voice studio, then resigned when I had Josiah. I was hired in a neighboring school district when I was 39 weeks pregnant with Josiah to be the K-6 Music teacher for that district's homeschool resource center. It is a classified position instead of certificated, so I receive an hourly wage instead of being salaried, and the experience doesn't count toward additional teacher certification requirements, so I had to let my teaching certificate expire this past June (I have my permanent sub license, and the state will re-instate my teaching certificate for 3 years if I get hired into a certificated position in the future, giving me time to work on my national board cert or pro-cert). I teach a K-2 and a 3-5 grade music class one morning a week, and will return to that job on January 3rd.
I also maintain a private voice studio two evenings a week. I keep between 8 and 12 students in my studio right now, which is about half the number I had before becoming a Mom.
And last but not least, I own a Music Together center, and teach classes one morning a week there.
Down the road, my dream is to have all of my music teaching under one umbrella, and to have building space that I own where I can have a small music school and teach Music Together, Voice, and possibly have some other teachers under me teaching other specialties, maybe even a small retail space. I love that my education allows me to go in so many different directions, and that at different times in our lives, I can tinker with my schedule, and shift my focus more towards one thing or another.
I also love that now that we have kids, I can bring in a decent income working no more than 10 hours a week.
Before I was pregnant I was an assistant manager at a skate shop and worked in the floral dept. at a grocery store. Great benefits, money, and hours!!!! Stupid me quit both of them to move across country with you know who... Yeah, so **** stupid of me. While I was pregnant I was the florist for a few weddings, which I really enjoyed!
Now I am planning on becoming a CNM, although part of me would like to go to cosmetology school because I know it's something I am already good at and I could finish school in about 1/5 the time!!!
Of I were in the medical field I would 100% work in L&D too .
Leanna, being a cosmetologist is Sooo fun!! I LOVE my job, it's fun on a social, artistic, and personal level. I recommend it. U can do that. Make great $$ and go to nursing school too. You're so young u could absolutely do both. I know lots of girls who went to college while doing hair. U make your own hours and prices!
I was a Head Start (preschool) teacher for 4 years. Resigned this past March. We knew I was just going to stay home, so I didnt finish the school year out. I had a challenging class, and being pregnant didnt mix well with it.
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