The Hardest Thing

Marriage is about sacrifice and compromise. My wife and I have been married nearly three years now; we’ve come to understand, through many trials, the true power of being a team. When you delay the satisfaction of putting your feet up and watching your favorite show in favor of changing the oil in your car or doing some dishes, the payoff is ultimately greater.

Some sacrifices require more than just the delay of comfort, however.

Sometimes you have to make a big decision: like leaving a great job.

I have such a wonderful job right now. It’s been a fantastic first year for me, I’m very comfortable with my peers at school and my leaders, but I’ll be letting it all go at the end of the year. My wife has an amazing opportunity to change the direction of her career and also our geographical location. She is taking a job in Pleasant Hill, MO, just south of where we grew up in Blue Springs (which also happens to be where both of our immediate families live).

This means I’m on the hunt again for jobs, exactly where I was last year at this time, but I have a lot more on my resume to be proud of. I have already told my principals and my department the difficult news (believe me, it was hard to break). I stressed how very content I was working with them the past year and they were generous in their response.

It won’t be easy or comfortable, but this change will be exciting whatever it brings. Now, of course, I have to ask:

Kansas City Area educators: Are there any high school English jobs open in your school district? I’d love to come teach for you :)

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In conclusion I’ll say, one thing I’ve learned for certain over the past year is: the hardest thing to do is usually the right one.

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2 thoughts on “The Hardest Thing

  1. You have accomplished a lot as first year teacher and have the mind-set for continual personal and professional growth that shows the potential for becoming a master teacher. Any district would be fortunate to have you on their team.

    Your online presence and connections should be very helpful in this transition.

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