Tomorrow morning marks the first First Day of School that I will be sipping coffee in pajamas. Sure, my stomach will be tied in the same old knots (first day jitters?) but not for the same reason. See, tomorrow marks my first day on the job of Me. I am my own Boss, and from what I know about Boss Jessica, it's not going to be easy. I just jumped off the 10 year investment I made in the education system as a public school teacher. 5 years as a student at UNLV, devoting hours weekly to volunteering and working as a substitute at schools around the Las Vegas Valley. 5 years as Ms. Penrod with fifth graders, second graders, and kindergarteners building gardens, hatching butterflies, and reading books.
Here's a little prayer for all of my friends at Morrow ES. May tomorrow be full of sharp pencils, bright smiles, and fresh nametags. Thank you for being the strength in our childrens' lives.