Yup. That's pretty much what it looks like. But, I can't complain too much because it is good, steady work that pays really well. It's just not in the classroom. After my first year of teaching, I knew that I loved being in the classroom, but it wasn't until I began working my regular 9-5 again that I truly came to appreciate my time spent focused on little munchkins.
This week was my first week working two jobs. In addition to my 9-5, I am working as an aide/substitute for a summer school program at a local school district. I am working in a pre-kinder class as well as a Digital Photography class. Talk about worlds apart... But I am loving every minute of it. The more time I spend with the littles, the more excited I am about teaching primary grades. I would love to land in a kinder or 1st grade classroom this year. Working as an aide has it's advantages, especially for a newbie teacher. It's great to see other teachers' teaching styles, room set-ups, and it's been a great way to network with other teachers and administrators. I am hoping that the relationships I am building will help me come hiring time.
Needless to say, working two jobs, I am tired. But I am also happy. I love being back in Southern California (and so does my hubby)!