Student Teacher -> Agriculture Educator
It seems like a simple transition.
But, so far for me, there has been more to it than that. Student teaching flew by and I miss my students, colleagues and work environment terribly. While, I am ready to be in charge of my classroom, I am certainly missing the internship experience. Also, graduating from UF has been a tremendous experience. After being MIA from campus all semester and consistently telling myself, "I prefer my school over the chaos of campus life", I have quickly proven myself wrong. There is something special about the UF campus atmosphere and all that it means. The old saying has come true, "You don't miss until it is gone or over." Part of me if very much sad to be moving away from my home for the past 4.5 years, UF.
As I move forward to this next phase, I am constatnly reassuring myself of two things:
1. Great opportunities lie ahead. Who doesn't get excited about finding that first teaching position? It is exciting to think about revamping lessons and ideas from student teaching and creating and finding new lessons and ideas for an entire school year.
2. I will find a job. I will find a job. I will find a job. I have chosen to live in north Florida and unfortunately, agriculture positions at the middle/ high school level are few and far between right now. But, I have faith and trust in God that He has a plan for me here.
Life, for me, post- student teaching has been a whirlwind. But, now that graduation is over and the job hunt begins, I know that I have to keep my head up and know that things will work out as they should. I am so blessed to have had the interning experience that I did. It makes me feel even more blessed to have had several of my students and co- teacher attend my graduation ceremony and also when others have contacted me to tell me how much they miss my teaching. Like I said, truly blessed.
Cacee A. Ford