40 years in teaching and 4 weeks to go
OK...I have no idea if I'm actually ready but I feel that at 66 in two months I might as well. I mean I can't possibly be teaching anymore.
I Love my job, I love the kids...I teach at an independent private school and tutoring is something I'm not interested in doing.
I've been teaching courses such as Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies, Media Literacy...to students who are primed for university/college. So it's quite intellectually stimulating.
My main issue is my hearing...I have been losing it over the past 8 years and it's become more and more difficult to understand in class or out of class.
The school accommodated me with a hearing loop several years ago and it works pretty well with microphones on the desks and the sound of their voice going into my hearing aids. But it doesn't work for meetings, back to school nights, outlines with students etc.
So, this is my main reason to retire...although I have to say 40 years is a long time and some days I really get tired. I feel as if I'm ready for something new...and I realize I'll never have the love and energy that I get from my students there will be other pay offs...like not getting up at 4 something to work out at five...I've been doing that forever!
So...this will be a summer that never ends. I'm in seattle and when it's sunny I am happy in my garden...it's the rainy windy cold days that kind of worry me...and my hearing will limit me to what I'll be able to do...
I feel like I'm going into the total unknown but want to be optimistic and happy...