August 24: I move into my new classroom!!
After updating my 16 year old resume and taking some classes at the Vancouver Worksource, an amazing place to get some needed refreshers and assistance on writing resumes, interview skills, etc., I land three interviews after attending a job fair (all school districts should do this!!!). There is a great need in this part of the country for Special Education teachers and I accept a position in Battle Ground, WA at Captain Strong Primary. It is a 20 minute drive door to door, two exits North on Rt. 5, can it get any better? I will NOT miss my 45 minute minimum drive from Rockaway to Rutherford!! I will miss my middle school students as this is a Pre-K-4th grade elementary school and I will now be the Kindergarten-2nd grade Resource Room teacher!! What a shift- but, I like that I will be teaching kids with special needs at such a basic level and not as much content as I had been doing. I will be teaching them the basics, number sense, alpha-knowledge (letters and sounds) and phonics which can be fun! I have two weeks of new teacher training, then a week of start-up days, then off I go! Now to go through all these boxes I have inherited!
I found a cool place called Barrel Mountain Brewing Co. in Battle Ground, when is the first Happy Hour?? They have a patio and allow dogs, we will bring Roxie back on our next trip. It reminds us of Salt in Byram, NJ- a gastro-pub type place with their own beers and amazing food!
August: 28: We have spent some time driving around the county on the 70 mile scenic highway and decide to rent kayaks in Ridgefield, a little town 30 minutes Northwest of us. We kayak on Lake River, a tributary of the Columbia River near the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. We are told to look for beavers, eagles and other wild life. Such a peaceful place, another beautiful sunny day at the end of the summer, wonder how much the house boats along the way cost?