I’ve written here about finishing school and starting my teaching career. It feels like I’ve mentioned that I’ve completed my education more than once, but here I am going to go and mention it again. It’s a little bit confusing so here’s a rundown of how it all works:
- In April I finished my student teaching practicum
- In May I was hired by two districts to be a substitute teacher – pending receipt of my teaching certificate
- In early August I submitted my final assignment for my teaching degree
- In late August I had received all my grades and fulfilled the requirements for my degree
- On September 7 I worked one half-day as a substitute teacher before the district changed its requirements and said I needed to be officially certified to teach
- On September 12 the university Senate formally approved grades and awarded degrees, including mine – this means the university acknowledged that I had completed the requirements to become a teacher
- On September 19 my teaching certificate arrived in the mail – this means the government licensed me to teach
- On September 20 I started working more or less full-time as a substitute teacher
- On October 7 the university held its convocation ceremony and I received the actual paper copy of my degree
It’s been a long road to get here, but it’s formally over. As of October 7 I had all of the paperwork. I’m a teacher, and I have a B.Ed. in addition to the engineering degree I received 16 years ago.
The convocation ceremony, for me, was a real celebration of what I have achieved. The best part was having my kids there. When we processed in and I saw Hannah and Jacob waving at me the tears welled up in my eyes. I paused to give Jacob a high five and felt full of emotion. I didn’t do this by myself. My family was with me the whole way. My kids had to put up with a tired, stressed-out mother with not much time for them. They rarely complained. Instead they cheered me on. I hope that they learned something about setting goals and working hard. I think mostly, though, that I learned something about love from them.
It’s funny how it always happens that way, isn’t it?
But enough navel-gazing though – let’s look at pictures! Here’s what my graduation day looked like, at least in part.