Disclaimer – I really wanted to make a cool animation to introduce myself, but this was what I had time for today after the kids were in bed. Thanks for understanding.
Hi, everyone. My name is Jeanne Garvey. I live in Collingswood, NJ. I have a BA in English from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and my Masters in Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania. My first job out of graduate school was at Haddon Heights High School where I worked for six years. It was a wonderful experience. I had my daughter, Sasha, in 2006. Being a working mom was overwhelming for me. I wanted so much to be the best teacher and the best mom, and I was a bundle of nerves the entire year.
At the end of the 2008 school year, I decided to give up my position as a teacher in order to stay home and raise my family. This was without a doubt the hardest decision I have ever made. As I walked out of school on my last day, I truly felt like I was losing my identity. For months I was plagued with feelings of shame and uselessness. Eventually I came to terms with my role as a stay-at-home mom. I had a son, Owen, in 2009 and he has kept me very busy. I have come to cherish this time I have had with my children while they are young, and I count myself very lucky.
At this point, I have been away from teaching for almost five years. The time has come for me to get back to work. This coming school year I will be actively searching for a new teaching position. I am both excited and scared. I am excited to return to my calling. Nothing gets my blood pumping like talking about a great book, helping students research topics they are passionate about, or encouraging them to express their ideas. At the same time, I will need to learn to juggle home life and school more effectively.
A lot has changed since I have been in the classroom. There are so many exciting tools to help make the classroom a more engaging place. I truly look forward to hearing all of your ideas and perspectives. Thanks for helping me get back in the saddle.