It’s official! I’m quitting teaching for a year!
I’m not ashamed or disappointed about that reality. In fact, I’m pretty excited about it!
For the record, I’ll still be working in education but just in a different way.
So Why Exactly Have I Decided to Quit Teaching?
To understand the situation a little better, it’s useful to know a bit of background about my professional journey.
I graduated from college in 2002 and immediately started teaching third grade.
A supportive principal, wonderful colleagues, great students, and amazing professional development opportunities made for an enjoyable teaching experience, but after some years, the stress of standardized testing started to get to me.
It was then that I had my first thoughts about quitting teaching.
(I wasn’t really serious about doing it though. I knew a change of teaching environment was a more realistic choice at the time.).
In my mind, I was always planning for my next career move which was to teach in an international school abroad.
That finally happened, and within a short time of being overseas, my enthusiasm for teaching flourished once again.
There was no standardized testing (yippee!), I could be really creative in my teaching practices, dabble with new instructional methods, and on a side note, the ample vacation time allowed for lots of travel to nearby countries (great for preventing teacher burnout!).
So What Changed and Led Me to Where I Am Now?
Well, in addition to being a teacher, I served as a Math Coordinator and had opportunities to do a bit of literacy coaching.
It was while serving in these roles that I realized how much I love coaching, collaborating, and sharing ideas with other educators along with presenting professional development. I absolutely loved it!
After moving back to the United States, I did a couple of professional development seminars at my new school, and that was great.
I eventually obtained my leadership certification and took a shot at leadership. That experience ended up being shockingly horrible (one day I’ll find it within me to write about it. 😉), but I did learn a lot.
As I was searching for new leadership and teaching opportunities, I happily discovered the world of professional blogging.
I had already known about hobby blogging and educational blogging (which I have used throughout my teaching years to communicate with parents and showcase student work), but I didn’t have a deep understanding of professional blogging.
So I started to read everything I could get my hands on about blogging professionally and started to follow some of the wonderful educators already doing it! They are a great source of inspiration and make it look so easy (it’s not!).
So In a Nutshell, I Decided to Quit Teaching for a Year to Focus on My Blog (And Some Other Stuff)
I’ve learned that professional blogging is a great way to connect, share, and collaborate with other like-minded educators from all different backgrounds and experiences.
I have so much I’d like to share and learn from others. It’s nice to know that there’s an audience beyond the walls of a physical school building. I’m excited to embark upon this endeavor!
Before I launched this blog, I researched EVERYTHING I could about blogging professionally. Talk about a learning curve! (wiping away sweat from forehead).
It was all so overwhelming, BUT I was more than eager to get started!
Admittedly, I kept finding reason after reason to postpone beginning, but one day, I read an inspiring article from one of my favorite bloggers who mentioned “Just Do It Already!”
So I dived right in!
After launching this blog, I soon realized that it was in fact A TON of work, and I didn’t know how I was going to balance managing the blog while continuing to work full-time.
I didn’t want to be a statistic and let my blog (and all of the hard work and research I’d done thus far) go by the wayside.
So instead of accepting job offers, quitting teaching for a year to focus on my blogging business became my final decision.
Along with this reason, here are ALL 5 of my lovely reasons for quitting teaching.
Work on My Blog Full Time
As mentioned, I want to devote myself to this blog full-time. Many established bloggers say the hardest parts of creating a blog happen during the beginning phase.
Currently, I spend the majority of my waking hours working on activities related to this blog: creating content, learning new marketing strategies, writing blog posts, conducting research, analyzing Google Analytics, optimizing the site, and the list goes on and on.
I’m a one-woman show at the moment, so I need the time to focus on this brand spankin’ new blog baby. 😋
Venture into Entrepreneurship
I’m also quitting teaching to develop and grow a small business that I started about a year ago.
In case you’re wondering, no, it’s not Teachers Pay Teachers :). It’s not related to K-12 education in any way.
Once it gets a little more momentum behind it, I’ll share exactly what it is. 🙂 So if you’re curious, stay tuned!
Minimize Teacher Burnout
We all know that teaching takes a lot of hard work, time, and effort~three things I have absolutely no problem doing.
However, to avoid teacher burnout, I need to refocus my energies towards other things for a while.
Taking time away from the classroom will hopefully give me a chance to reflect on my career and professional goals.
Take a Needed Break
I’ve been teaching for 15 years, since I was 23 years old. It’s not a second career for me, and it’s all I’ve ever known.
While I’ve loved it very much, a break is needed and well-deserved.
Seasons are a part of life, and I welcome this season of new professional adventures.
I’ll still be working very hard though, connecting with people from all around the world via this amazing blogging platform.
A break from the classroom will hopefully serve me well.
Have No Regrets
I strive to live life to the fullest, personally and professionally. Though I’ve thought about quitting teaching a couple of times in the past in order to explore different things, I never really had a plan to make it happen.
Not wanting to have regret, I just decided to do it!
The stars finally aligned, and I ran out of excuses. It’s as simple as that.
So, there it is. I’m quitting teaching for a year to explore something new.
And when I do go back to the classroom, I’ll hopefully be more balanced and mentally refreshed!
How about you?