What a Fun Day! We did a great job learning how to follow a schedule and some classroom rules. We did 5 Little Pumpkins sitting on a Gate. We made some pumpkin orange and monster green play dough, and then made Jack-o-Lanterns out of our orange play dough. We did a little painting, a little reading and a whole lot of playing! Thanks Boys for a great day!!
Front Entrance/Kitchen Before
Front Entrance/Kitchen Now
Quiet Room Before
Quiet Room Now
Art Center Before
Art Center Now
Gross Motor Room Before
Gross Motor Room Now
So, after a few days of doubting myself and asking why am I doing this? I thought it was time to remind myself. This has been a frustrating week to say the least. I feel like people lost faith in me, I am on other people’s schedule and they don’t think it is near as important to get open as I do. My husband is done with me for good reason, it is taking longer and costing more than we thought it would, and I forgot to dry the jeans… he had to wear dirty jeans to work. My children have been neglected and I have fed them fast food so much that they told me they missed my cooking. I have barely talked to my brother, mom, and Grandma Huggins in the last month, and I only texted my BFF to ask her for help on my website… Remind me again Why I’m doing this??
I’ve shed a lot of tears and did some soul searching! It’s what I love! It’s my passion! Nothing makes me happier! Here is my story of How PLA Academy came to be:
I had my first son when I was 18, I don’t recommend starting a family at 18, but with the support of my family it worked for me. I was still going to college and determined to be a teacher. I had wanted to be a teacher since the 4th grade. Mrs. Jones, my all time favorite teacher, was the reason I wanted to be a teacher. Long story short, life got in the way of the teaching dream. 3 children by the time I was 21 and my goal seemed unreachable. David was in 2nd grade, Logan in Kindergarten and Emilea was 3 and in Preschool. I was reading the newsletter and it said they needed a Preschool teacher ASAP. I contacted LaDonna that day, she hired me right away. I was finally a teacher! I never thought I would teach children that young, but I loved it! And LaDonna was an amazing mentor. I learned so much from her! After 5 years at IWonderY I thought about opening my own preschool. My Grandma even went to the bank with me and we were looking for a place. I then got offered a Lead Teaching position at CLC, I was so excited and decided that experience was more important at that point. The experience I got from CLC was invaluable! Working side by side with wonderful teachers and therapist, amazing children with and without special needs, and awesome families! I was there for 5 years, and this last year just seemed like it was time for me to move on. I was taking care of my Grandma, who had cancer, and I had put in my letter of resignation to help take care of Grandma and go back to college. One week into my two week notice we lost my Grandma. Now I have no job and no Grandma to take care of. My brother said what have you always wanted to do? What’s your dream? I started thinking about 5 years ago when my Grandma believed in me enough that she was willing to help me open my own preschool. I was not ready then, but now I have 10 years of teaching experience and I got my CDA in 2011. I love teaching children and can’t see myself doing anything else, and I really want to teach preschoolers! Jacob, my brother, said Do It! Don’t wait! Do It Now! So that is why I am doing this: In Memory of my Grandma, support from my family and friends (even when I forget to dry the jeans), and my love and passion for shaping young minds! Alright, I think I have talked myself into moving forward! :o)