Wednesday, March 07, 2007

New Beginnings Ahead

Last week I received some news that I had been expecting, but it came as a shock at the same time. The decision has been made to close our ESL program at the end of the semester. That means that after six years here, after taking an idea on paper and turning it into a successful ESL program, I will be unemployed.

As I said this was not really a surprise. Other big programs in our area and across the country have closed, so it was only a matter of time before ours disappeared, too. Our enrollment has been on the decline for the last two years at least, and it no longer pays the salaries of myself and my colleague.

And it has been a very good six years for me. I have learned so much about myself, about teaching, and about establishing a program like this. I have had the support of the institution to make conference presentations both in this country and abroad. I have developed as a professional in ways that I could never have imagined six years ago.

And now it is time to move on. At this point in time, there is no clear plan. I am applying for jobs both locally and elsewhere in the country. I think it may be time to reinvent myself a bit. Since ESL programs have been cutting back for awhile now, I am looking at different kinds of positions at community colleges right now. It is exciting -- and a bit sad at the same time. I know there is something else out there for me; I just have to find it!

7 comments:

Ian McKeand said...

Good Luck, Nancy.
I have been following your blog for the last few months having Googled "McKeand" to keep track of postings about my daughter, Hannah who has recently set a new record for travelling solo and unsupported to the South Pole from Herculeds Inlet.
I am a Theatre Director and teacher of Acting here in the UK and it seems to me that you are an inspired and inspiring teacher who should have no difficulty in getting another post to fulfil your flair and energy.
I hope that you will continue to blog or keep in touch
ian.mckeand@ntlworld.com

All the best for your exciting New Beginnings,

Ian

aaron said...

Nancy...the bright side of this is that you'll be able to launch into a whole new project. That will undoubtedly bring new challenges and opportunities for growth. As Ian says, keep in touch...

Lesley said...

You have a very positive attitude nancy and I'm sure that you will take full advantage of this opportunity for change.

John said...

That is tough luck. I hope you land in a wonderful place that will allow you to exercise all your talents with your new beginnings. Best of luck.

Angie said...

I was sorry to hear about your recent news. I know how much you loved your job and worked to improve daily. I am sure you will find 'your heart's desire' in time. I've had so much time to reflect on my 'dream' job this past year and I can't say that I have come to any conclusing yet. The Houston area has a huge population of Spanish speaking individuals, if you are interested.....

Mr. Miller said...

Nancy: I'm sorry to hear this unfortunate news. However, I hope this will turn into a positive experience for you, as I'm sure it will. Good luck.

Bing

Mr. Miller said...

Nancy: I'm sorry to hear this unfortunate news. However, I hope this will turn into a positive experience for you, as I'm sure it will. Good luck.

Bing