After a year of being at my wonderful school on Maui, I’m transferring again! I know, I’m crazy. My husband tells me everyday! My current school is 20 miles away from where we live and I have to drive on a curvy, and often dangerous 2 lane road to the other side of the island. It’s usually not a problem in the mornings, but the afternoons can take me over an hour to get home because of tourist and rush hour traffic. And when it’s whale season, people just stop in the middle of the road to watch spouts and breeches!
After winter break this year, we transferred my son to our local neighborhood school from a small private school he was attending in the town where I teach. He was having a hard time adjusting to the small school and making friends in a community where we didn’t live. We decided having friends in our neighborhood was more important, so we moved him. After making that decision, we learned so much more about our neighborhood school. It’s only 8 years old, so the buildings are new and up to date. They have AC and properly installed technology (Hello ceiling hung projectors!). We also learned that it is the only Arts-Integrated school in all of Hawaii and is ranked a Recognition school by the Hawaii Dept of Education. That’s a pretty high honor around here! I couldn’t believe all this amazingness was in our backyard and we didn’t even know it! I even went to two different arts trainings on Oahu with teachers from this school and fell in love with them – they are just like me! Dedicated, organized, creative, and fun!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my current school. I have met amazing teachers and there are amazing things going on. The principal is dedicated to student success and trusts teachers abilities. It’s really refreshing to work in this atmosphere after coming from a K-12 school where the elementary was put on the back-burner and focus was on upper grades (testing). But the commute is killing me. And I miss working and living in the same community. The other day, I was walking down the path of my school after the last bell and realized I didn’t know or recognize one single face in the sea of parents because I don’t live here and I don’t shop or hang out here. There is a disconnect and I don’t like it. I want to make connections with parents and know them as people, not just so-and-so’s mom. So, in February, I decided I would apply for a transfer.
My neighborhood school is a pretty sought-after school on the island for teachers, so I knew the competition would be hard. I needed to bring my “A game”. The first thing I did was search for an updated resume. My current resume was tired and boring. This is an Arts-Integrated school, I need to show my creativity. So I headed to Etsy and searched for resume templates. I fell in love with the Roberta Nowack Resume and Cover Letter template from Pappermint on Etsy.