Tuesday, December 18, 2012
17 – Your highs and lows of this past year.
Hmm, that’s a tough one. I guess for my high, it would be starting at my job as an elementary school librarian. Okay, if you want to get technical, I started the last week before winter break, but that was only 4 days of work before the kids left, so it wasn’t long enough to really establish myself. I had applied for other schools, but of course was denied. When I went to interview for this position, the principal loved my enthusiasm and thought I’d be a perfect fit. Yep, I completely agree with him. I love planning units and coming up with books to read. I want the kids to enjoy coming each week, and the teachers as well. Some new things I’ve implemented is yearly voting for our state book (CYRM – California Young Reader Medal), personalized shelf markers, and a “beat the teacher” AR challenge. As well, we’ve had three book fairs thus far since I came, and all three have done exceptionally well, rivaling the sales of when the school was a K-6. It is a job where being sick is something I dread, cause I don’t want to miss time away from them.
I’m not sure if I have a real “low”. I guess the closest thing would be thoughts of how next summer will be when a lot of the staff I know and love will not be returning. This past summer, we had some leaders/parents complain about how one of our staff members was gay. Okay, yes he is, but the explanations they were giving could be any one of the boys. Oh, should I mention that the issue of having a gay staff member boils down to this being a boy scout camp? (Look up news on the issue of gay people in the boy scouts if you’re confused). Needless to say, the staff member was asked told that morning to pack up and leave by noon. The staff was in uproar and about 11 people ended up not returning the next week, the majority of them being senior staff (3+ years). I was already in management because of my position, but now I was considered senior staff after only 2 years. However, those that did stay managed to keep things running and put on an excellent program for the boys. It’s hard to predict how next summer will be, since those that have so much knowledge on the traditions of this camp will not be coming back.
Overall, I’d say it was a good year. Bring on 2013!!!