I was truly happy where I was as I loved my school, my coworkers, my students, parents, and the commute (10 minutes/in LA this is unheard of). So, when I was presented with the opportunity to join UCLA’s Lab School, I was surprised not only at the offer but at having to make a choice. Here is the deal, in the past many of my decisions (the really big ones) were sort of…’I had no choice but to act.’ Then, this time I was pondering on the why’s:
Why would I want to move?
The truth is, there were more questions than answers. I talked to people I really respect and weighed my options. For some reason, this time it was not just about money, but about everything else: the opportunities for professional development and growth, and CHANGE. Again, I was happy and why would I want to ‘fix what is not broken.’
In the end, the decision was made and while I took longer than I had wanted to come to a resolution, I decided to take the opportunity and run with it. I viewed it as an chance to take onto new challenges/changes and enjoy the ride (while I can). After all, I will still be teaching at a dual-language school in the grades I love…so the question became WHY NOT?
I do not know what will happen or how much I will like my new school, but I am fine with the uncertainty. I know that in the end I will be fine and that it would be a learning experience I won’t regret happening (I hope!!!).
Change comes in all sizes, shapes and forms, but how do you handle change? Are you a fast-decision maker?
Image thanks to Celestina Chua