On Friday morning I finally caught up with my principal for the first time since being back from Ohio. He was so thrilled that I went to the reading, and, although others frequently criticize him, he has been nothing but totally supportive of me and everything that I’ve asked for/to be able to do over the past two years. We chatted about my experience at the reading, and then he dropped the bomb:
Him – Well, there’s something else I might put on your plate this summer.
Me – Lay it on me.
Him – Well, if Mrs. [department member of mine who just had an adorable baby] doesn’t come back next year, I want you to get trained to teach AP psychology.
Me – (Gasping) Really? Because that would be my dream class to teach!
Him – Then don’t make too many plans for August.
Me – Thank you so much!
If my department member doesn’t come back, and I do get to teach AP psychology and the AP class I currently teach next year, I might actually die of happiness. The reason I became a social studies teacher is to be able to teach courses like these, and there’s no way I could let the opportunity go by. The downside? There’s no way I’d be able to run my after school tutoring program anymore with a course-load that includes two AP classes, which means my only source of extra income during the school year would be kaput.
To make things more interesting, I went to dinner with my department member last night, and she and her husband are really pinching pennies so that she will be able to stay home with their daughter next year. So I think the chances are at least 50/50 that I’ll get this gig.
Which is beyond believable. Again, there’s no way I could pass this opportunity up. Having an almost completely AP course load is my dream,a But it also means that I’ll have to revise my savings goals downward for the year. And I hate that.
I already adjusted my savings goal for the year in my sidebar, just to get used to the idea in case it does happen. And don’t get me wrong: I would be SO happy if it did. But I also wanted to get one financial goal totally accomplished in 2010.
Oh well. We make plans and God laughs, right?