I chose to walk with my class in April even though I needed to defer my actual graduation until June because I had to finish up two general education classes on Independent Study.
I got my diploma in the mail and Kyle said, "Well, it's official. They can't take it away from you now."
In some ways I can't believe I've made it. I don't have anymore classes to take (at least until I want to get my Masters). I don't have anymore homework assignments except for what I assign to others.
This year I will be working at South Hills Middle School in Herriman. I will be teaching 7-9 graders in an ID Cluster Unit (Intellectual Disabilities). I will be commuting again this year. But, I am thankful that I have a job this year. It seemed like several school districts have been making budget cuts through lay offs, job consolidation and furlough days.
I am also excited about making a full-time teacher salary. I know, I know, teachers don't get paid much. But working for 12 years as an aide and 1 year as an intern it is still an increase for me (like, double what I've made in the past).
I am looking forward to using the increase in funds to fix this old house, sell it, and buy a new house. Maybe get a new (to me) car that gets better gas mileage. Also, start saving for my kids' missions and college funds.
Big plans, I've got big plans.