Sunday, March 27, 2011
This is the first of many blogs about my technological journey. I am now in the eleventh month of a twelve month master's program. I have already learned more than I could have dreamed. Yet, I know that there will be a few surprises for me in the weeks to come. Although I am not teaching this year, I have been busy substitute teaching almost every day. Most of my fifteen years of teaching experience has been with the little ones' in kindergarten and first grade. I love teaching the little ones! However, four years ago my family moved back to the pistachio farm to help my parents who were ill. At the end of last year, I was laid off after three years in the district. California is in a big financial mess. So after fifteen years in the classroom, I have embarked on a year of substitute teaching and pursuing my masters in technology.
In this year, I have discovered many things. One of the most surprising to me has been that I love teaching high school students. I have had two long term positions at the high school and in fact am at the high school most of the time. I have been blessed with being able to spend time with a family that I love dearly. Almost two months ago, we lost my father to another heart attack. He went quickly without pain in the pistachio fields that he loved. Life on the ranch has changed dramatically, but I am blessed to have had the extra time with him. I know that he is smiling down on me as I finish this program. He was so proud when I would show him the video's that I worked on for this program. So it is with a heavy and happy heart that I dedicate this blog to my father, Larry Gage.