My daughter is going to be a senior in highschool, but for a long time now, she keeps asking “Why aren’t you a teacher?” Seems she and her friends liked the way I taught them how to roll sushi! I’ve taught martial arts for years at a time, and I guess people liked the way I did it, because I always got a positive response.
She and I were on our way home one night from her friends, and as we were driving past the local community college, she brought it up again. My Dad used to work near where I live now and had taught a class for a few semesters, so she wondered why I couldn’t.
“Why not?” I thought the next day. I wrote to the Chair of the department to ask him about what credentials were needed to teach, and turned out he could grandfather me in as an adjunct because of my work experience. We had gone back and forth over email for several days, but something clicked because we hit it off and I go to sign the HR paperwork on Monday to teach a Database Design and Development class in the fall.
Psyched/Freaked as hell, should be a lot of work, and a lot of fun. Wondering if I’ll end up with students who are friends with my kids since some of them are going there. Anyway, this is a reminder to everyone – you gain nothing by not risking anything. Granted, I wasn’t risking much with an email, but here we are.
Wow! Now I have to design my curriculum!!!