Stacey and her students at Field Day 2022
Me and some of my students at Field Day, May 2022

My last blog post was in January 2019. I didn’t have much time to blog once I started teaching in 2017, then my site was hijacked. Yep, I was blocked out of my own site. I ignored it, like that would help, until recently. Yesterday, my brilliant IT-genius husband, Anthony, fixed it. Easily. I still have some clean-up work to do, so please ignore weird external links for viagra pills and such. Nevertheless, I look forward to getting back to my blog.

I found this post from June 2018 — after my first year of teaching. Hard to believe that I’ve completed five years of teaching now, and that I actually “retired” earlier this month. It was a rough school year for me and my kids. Quinn (1st grade) had long-term subs all second semester when her teacher went into early labor and was out on maternity leave for five months to be with her pre-term baby. Maya (6th grade) transitioned from three years at a private school for kids with special needs back to public school. Academically, she was ready. But the social aspect of public school, plus the addition of 6th-grade girl drama, was just too much. She really struggled with peers and her mental health. 

Then there’s me. Back at the beginning of the school year, I noticed that I was having major memory issues — losing words mid-sentence, forgetting events, repeating myself. I even forgot that RBG had died a year earlier! It was frightening. My doctor gave me a short cognitive test, and I passed easily. She said that stress can interfere with attention and block the formation of new memories or the retrieval of old ones. Thinking back on the past year, I believe that it was a “perfect storm” of stressors: students back in class after a year of blended or virtual learning (damn you, Covid); Madison going off to Harvard; Maya’s struggles, Quinn’s “big personality” with her need for constant stimulation; additional responsibilities at work… It all added up to more than my headspace limit. Long story short, I got a lot of therapy this spring, and things are much, much better. Of course, summer break and is a HUGE relief. 

Stacey and her daughter on sailboat
With Maya on Uncle Roger’s sailboat, May 2022

All that to say, I have a long wish list of things I want to do this summer. 

  • Lots of time at the neighborhood pool and other watering holes
  • Family vacation to California to visit my brother and his family (Disneyland too!)
  • Create my TpT (Teachers Pay Teachers) sellers account with my best teaching resources. 
  • Read for fun (and utilize the Libby app for audiobooks from the library)
  • Monthly supper club
  • Work on the backyard garden (moving some plants from the front yard to the back, plant a shade tree to replace the one that had to be cut down a year or two ago, etc.)
  • Take Maya to her archery lessons
    Stacey and her daughter on sailboat
    Sailing with Quinn, May 2022
  • Write my first book about our foster/adoption story
  • Get the girls’ passports updated
  • Prepare Maya’s homeschool plan finalized for the fall 
  • Get my continuing education credits for my yoga RYT
  • REST 

What are your summer plans? Are you a teacher that also decided to leave the profession this year? How do you recover from a stressful year? I want to hear from you, so please comment. 

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