After 7 years as a high school media specialist, I elected to take a position as an instructional technology specialist in a middle school. I had trained teachers and students on the use of technology when I was the librarian, after all. I thought it was my dream job. No more managing budgets, no more organizing spaces....no more checking in and out books, no more having to design engaging programs to promote reading....you get the picture. I guess I thought it would somehow be easier. I also saw media jobs being cut and thought this might be my "saving grace" at some point.
That is a dangerous way to think. I packed up and moved on in the middle of the summer and began the toughest year of my entire professional career. In some ways, being the instructional technology specialist was easier. I did have more flexibility. I did have time to train teachers. But unfortunately, I learned very quickly that my role was much more administrative than I realized. I realized that although I could do the work well, I had no passion for it. Long story short...I missed the library.
So, I am going to return to my work as a library media specialist. And it is going to be one very BIG adventure. I am not returning to middle-high, but instead and am taking the plunge into elementary school! I'm super excited, but also a little nervous. But I know it will be awesome.
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