And the Winner is. . .

What She Wore: red and white gingham button down shirt with cap sleeves, blue jean capris, and red canvas flats with a peep-toe and bow.  Flats!  I wore flats!  What is happening to me?

 I know that people love to hear about Charlie, but today I’ll take a moment to brag on myself.  The test scores are in!!!  On the surface, there doesn’t appear to be a lot of change–very few of our kids changed levels.  If you look closely, however, you’ll see that about 80% of our kids improved their score.  Many of them improved their score by at least a 100 points.  Two of my special ed kids went up a level as well!  This is major since many kids drop when they get into seventh grade; the test gets a lot harder and many of them just can’t keep up with the material.  So, today I celebrate–go me (and Mr. K)!
And I think I’ve devised my way to stay involved in teaching.  I might be going back to school.  I’m investigating a Master’s program in school administration.  I’m not sure I’d ever want to be a principal, but a Master’s degree would make me worth more money, and I know it would be interesting.   It’s too late to start in August, but I might be able to get my portfolio together enough to get in by January.  We’ll see. . .
Which reminds me. . .it’s offical.  The Hub and I will be moving to Lousiana next month.  I’m amazed at how much my life has changed in such a short amount of time.  We haven’t even put our house up for sale.  We’re just going to see if it sells after we move, and live with our parents in the mean time. 
For those who are interested, Charlie is doing really well.  I promise to update lots about him in the days to come.

About takedeux

In one summer I had a baby who was hospitalized for five weeks, quit my job, and moved back to my hometown. This blog is about starting over.
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19 Responses to And the Winner is. . .

  1. Cindy says:

    Hi Katie
    Congratulations on a job well done – to you and Mr. K! It just goes to show how someone can make a difference!
    Going back to school? Good for you! You do what feels right for you!
    Flats? Hmm…..sounds like you\’re in the dreaded \’comfort zone\’. LOL But don\’t worry, flats are fashionable too!
    I know your life\’s been (just a bit – ha!) overwhelming lately, but reading your blog today made me think of a song you should keep in mind. Thought I\’d share:

    When life is too much, roll with it babyDon\’t stop and lose your touch, oh no babyHard times knockin’ on your doorI\’ll tell them you ain’t there no moreGet on through it, roll with it babyLuck\’ll come then slip awayYou\’ve got a move, brings it back to stay
    You just roll with it babyCome on and just roll with it baby, you and meRoll with it baby, hang on and just roll with it baby
    The way that you love, is good as moneyI swear by stars above, sweet as honeyPeople think you\’re down and outYou show them what its all aboutYou can make it, roll with it babyWhen this world turns its back on youHang in and do that sweet thing you do
    You just roll with it baby, you just roll with it babyCome on and just roll with it babyYou and me just roll with it babyRoll with it baby, you just roll with it baby, you and me justRoll with it baby, hang on and just roll with it baby
    Now there\’ll be a day, you\’ll get there babyYou\’ll hear the music play, you\’ll dance babyYou\’ll leave bad way behind, nothing but good times on your mindYou can do it, roll with it, babyThen you\’ll see life will be so nice, it\’s just a step up to paradise
    You just roll with it baby, you just roll with it babyYou and me just roll with it babyCome on and just roll with it baby
    **Rock on, Sister!!**


  2. Unknown says:

    Congrats on the higher test scores!!  Hooray!And good luck with the move, try not to get too stressed.God bless 🙂

  3. Cheryl says:

    I will be the first to say, Welcome back to Louisiana!  I am so happy to hear that little Charlie is doing
    well and his mama also!  FYI, I got a job in Jefferson P. and heard that if you get National Teachers Cert
    they give you a 17,000 sign on bonus.  if you are a sp ed teacher, it is 3,000.  So, thought you might like
    to check it out, I just was listening as others were discussing this…..  Hang in there, and so happy to hear
    that you are doing great!

  4. Nadine says:

    I am doing the happy dance!! I think that moving back home is the best thing!!!

  5. g says:

    Congrats on the test scores!  We usually don\’t see ours in very late sept or oct.  Go for the masters.  Mine is in curriculum and instruction and after passing the state dossier and with my TESOL endorsement, I will be making $52,000.00 after only 10 years of teaching.
    So glad to hear that Charlie is doing so welll.  Yippeee…

  6. Christine says:

    Woo-Hoo!  Good on ya, Katy!  I am glad to hear that you are doing well, and that Charlie is doing well.  Going back to Louisiana and family will probably be a much needed boost, as well.    My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. 
    As My HouseTurns

  7. Joell says:

    Congrats Katy…on both counts!!  Knowing that your students are being successful is very rewarding I know!  That\’s great.  
    Being near family will probably be a huge help for you and wonderful for them to be able to love on Charlie (and you and Hub!) more often.  Sounds like a win-win to me!  Trust me, I am aware of how hard it is to be far from your family!   Don\’t get me wrong, moving is a big pain and very stressful, but the pay off of being near family is worth it!  Good luck.  Y\’all are in my prayers!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Congrats on the test scores, and congrats to those kids! I\’m glad to hear that Charlie is doing well.  I often think about you guys and say a little prayer for Charlie.  Stay strong!!!

  9. Stacy says:

    WooHoo – Congrats on the gresat score increase!  I\’m sure that will look good on your resume also.  I am so happy that you decided to go back to school.  I have wished on and off for years that I could go back, but haven\’t been able to do so yet.
    Keep us updated on the move.  (and Charlie)

  10. Tracy says:

    No kidding about life changing so much so fast!  Glad to hear you are moving soon; I know it\’s what you want.  You\’re lucky you acn just live with the parents while you wait for your house to sell.
    And YAY on the test scores!!  That\’s awesome!

  11. Gina says:

    I think the master\’s idea is good one! good luck on your move, hope it all goes as smooth as possible! 

  12. Tiffany says:

    How exciting!  I think a Master\’s would be a good way to keep you going!  And, congrats on the move to Lousiana!  That will be nice to be around family to help you with little Charlie while you are in school!  Sounds like everything is moving forward and you have a plan! 
    Big Hugs – Tiffany  

  13. Aimee says:

    very very happy to see that you have made a happy entry…good for you for getting those kids scores up!
    *~*   :o) smiles are contagious…  :o)  so pass one on …  :o)  soon the whole world will be smiling… :o)   *~*  

  14. Jaysey says:

    YAY!!!  Going back for a Master\’s might be a good idea.  But we all know you belong in a classroom–not in an admin\’s office…though good teachers may make the best admins…since they think with teacher brains.  I\’m sure you\’ll be very happy back in LA.  I hope your house sells soon–it isn\’t a seller\’s market right now, but maybe luck will be on your side.  I am! 

  15. Sheryl-Ann says:

    Congrats on the test scores!  That must be quite satisfying to everyone who played a part.  Wow, the things we take for granted – I am sure the kids are very proud of themselves! 
    A Master\’s is a great way to keep busy when you are not with Charlie. I am sure you will enjoy being back in school.  Positive vibes for your move back home to LA and getting everything ready for school in January.
    Great to hear that Charlie is doing well.  I look forward to some more updates on him.  Take care and keep on being strong.  Hugs.

  16. Sarah says:

    What a good news day! I\’m sure you\’ll be happy to be around family when you move. Plus it\’s great that you\’re looking into more schooling to keep doing what you love! 

  17. siobhan says:

     That\’s great about the test scores.  Way to go for you and the kids.  And going back for your Masters is a great idea.
    Sorry I haven\’t been by, I haven\’t been doing much visiting.  I\’m sure that Charlie will be fine.  He\’s got too many people praying for him.  One thing that I wanted to suggest, it\’s in the Baby Book, is get a sling.  I carried Conor around in one for the first year and half.  I rarely used a stroller.  Having Charlie next to you as much as possible, hearing your heartbeat, can only help him to improve.  Whenever Conor was fussy, (he was a little colicky) I would put him in the sling, and run the vacumn.  It would settle him down, and usually help him sleep.  For a while I had the cleanest floors in town 🙂   Maya Sling has a website that you can order from.( I didn\’t look up the website address before I started typing, sorry)  They also have the Maya Pouch.  It\’s easier then the sling, but a little less versitile.  I actually used the Pouch.  Plus when you go shopping, you don\’t have to worry about keeping track of a stroller, or cart.  Wearing your baby is one thing from the BABY BOOK that I highly recommend!
    Hugs, and Congrats again on the test scores.  Well done

  18. Wahzat says:

    I breathe such a glorious sigh of relief.
    Congrats to your students and to you and your teaching efforts.
    So excited that you are sounding like you again. And Strong Charlie is doing great YEAH!!!! 

  19. Betty says:

    Hi KM,
    I hope you find a way to return to the classroom.  Children need a teacher like you.  In the years I taught I found that there are not enough teachers like you.
    Being home is a big part of the battle.  It is not easy to take each day as it comes, but in some instances one must.  Charlie is in his own home and that in itself is a blessing. 
    When you get home to Louisiana your family will surround you and give you the help you need.
    You are in my prayers.

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