Substitute teaching has never been anything I really considered doing. I did a lot of subbing when I was a stay at home mom. I would take a sub job when someone at the neighborhood schools had an emergency. Now, after being out of the classroom for six or seven years, I just did not want to fill in on a temporary basis no matter how much I missed teaching, the kids, and the other teachers.
A few weeks ago, I got a phone call asking me if I would consider teaching ESL students in the international program at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Since the job was quite temporary, just until the end of the semester, and since I would be helping out a friend who needed me to fill in after an unexpected vacancy, I said I would be glad to help out. Two days later, I was again called and told that the teacher was not leaving after all. I was ok with that. Especially when I didn't have to get up early on Monday morning.
I was then asked by a former teacher friend to come and speak with one of her international students who was having some difficulties with his English class. That was enough to hook me. I went up on campus, visited with the student, and realized just how much I missed teaching ESL.
|Me with some of my former students...|
Yesterday, I decided to call the international program to see if they needed me to do anything for just a few days a week. Before the director of the program could even call me back, the professor over the language institute called and asked me again if I could come and teach for them. I jumped at the chance.
So, this retired English teacher is going back to work. I will be teaching five students who, according to TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores, are at the intermediate level. I will work half days, 8:00 to 12:00, Monday through Friday, starting next week. The job ends at the end of the semester. That is only three and a half weeks of school. I can handle that.
Today, as I drove the few blocks to campus, parked the car, got out and walked to the offices of the international program, I found myself feeling very excited about and quite grateful for this new opportunity. I love teaching ESL to students who are high school and college age. I will be meeting some new students from different parts of the world. I will be kept busy planning and teaching. I will again be on the campus that I love for many reason. And, I will get paid. That seems like a bonus when I am really being able to resume my relationship with a passion that keeps me interested and inspired.