A letter from
Dear Mental Notes,
After graduating from RIT, I married my husband, Tony, and moved to Chili. That fall, I began working for Monroe BOCES 1. Initially, I was a long-term substitute for Elaine Sacco at West Irondequoit. Then I began working in the District-Based Program replacing a psychologist on maternity leave. During my time at BOCES, I worked in a Foreman Center-based classroom with severely emotionally disabled students and the Creekside School for developmentally challenged students.
In the Summer of 2001, I gave birth to my daughter, Madison, who is three years old now. Because I wanted to spend more time with my family, I was a stay-at-home Mom for about 7 months. In January of 2002, I joined the faculty of Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES and was assigned to split my time between the Bloomfield and Honeoye Elementary Schools.
I took some time off again when I was expecting my son, Anthony Jr. He was born in December of 2003 and has added so much to our family. Madison and Anthony are developing a very normal sibling relationship, if you get my meaning. It is becoming very interesting at our house.
This fall, I went back to work part-time in the Greece Central School District. I currently service Athena Middle School two days a week and Holmes Road Primary School two days a week. My duties include psychological evaluations, consultation, serving on the Instructional Support Team, and some counseling with the primary students. I am a member of the Athena Middle School Climate Committee. I also work after school in the LIFT Program, (Literacy Instills Future Thinkers), tutoring students on test-taking skills at Athena. I am learning a wide variety of new skills. Greece offers wonderful in-services and professional development opportunities. I feel that I am completing my education by learning more about instructional strategies and best practices in teaching.
As you may have gathered from this summary, the balance between family and work has been a constant theme throughout my career. I still don't believe I have found the best solution, except to be hopeful. As long as you remember that life is a work in progress, no obstacle is unsurmountable or too great to overcome.