Kellie Claflin

New beginnings

Blog Post created by Kellie Claflin on Aug 14, 2011

This summer has been full of transition and good choices for me. In June I finished student teaching, in July I moved home and searched for a job and in August I'm preparing for my new beginnings!
In June I finished my student teaching, took students to the state FFA convention and attended the professional development conference for Wisconsin ag teachers. It was by far one of the best months yet. State convention was a great experience which allowed me to fall in love with agricultural education all over again. It was so nice to catch up with my ag teacher friends, but more importantly spend time with the FFA members I co-advised during student teaching and support them. For the first time all semester, I was truly able to bond with this group of students and it was great! After a rough end to the semester, it was so nice to hear that even just one student enjoyed my class and inspired her. It’s the little things. My experience at the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educator’s Professional Development Conference was also awesome. I love ag teachers, learning and networking - so it was perfect!

My July was spent moving home and searching for a job. It was nice to spend time with my family who I hadn’t seen for an extended amount of time in quite awhile.

Now I’m getting ready for a new beginning - a job! I’m excited to start teaching in northeastern Wisconsin. My position is unique, as I’ll be teaching in one school district in the morning and another one in the afternoon. It’s a challenge, but it’s great to see the support and passion for agriculture that the communities and districts show.

Currently, I’m trying to find out what side is up as I figure out where to live, what I’m teaching, get classrooms ready and all those other duties that go into getting ready for the school year. I’m excited, scared, optimistic, and overwhelmed all at the same time.

Thank you to you all for your support as I finished my undergraduate classes, survived student teaching and now as I begin my first year teaching!

Good luck to everyone in the new school year! You all rock!