Big Changes in Paradise

Okay, let me start off by saying that I don’t believe in astrology or horoscopes or any of that. However, as an October baby, I fit many of the Libra stereotypes: mainly: I like balance and I hate don’t like change. I know it’s a control thing, which is why I’ve been working very hard to trust in God in all situations because, ultimately, He is in control and I am not.

Even good change is always hard for me, and I always struggle with wondering if I’m making the right choices. You know what they say, “When you choose something, you are also not choosing something else”. I always have those “what if” questions.

The reason I’m telling you this is because I am going through a big change. I have been teaching First Grade at the same school for 3 years. I love First Grade and I love my kids, but it was time for a change. So, on Thursday, I had to say goodbye to my class. It was definitely tough, but they each loved the hand written Valentine’s letters I made for them, and I know they will be okay without me.

On Friday the kids had off so I went in to pack up my classroom. I’ve poured my heart into my room, so it was very weird to see it without all of my personal touches when I left. This is what my living room now looks like. (So sorry it’s blurry)

school stuff living room

And this is what part of my attic looks like. There’s even more on the other side.

school stuff attic

On Tuesday, I will be starting a position in a new school district doing RTI, working for the VP, and kind of being a wearer of many hats. The plan is to get back into a regular classroom position next year. I’m excited for the change for a lot of personal reasons, but I am definitely going to miss having my own classroom. However, sometimes we need to make changes. (That’s what I keep telling the Libra part of me ;))


Don’t worry. I’m still going to be blogging lots of cool classroom ideas, and in fact, my new position will give me a lot of new and different experiences. I just wanted to share with you exactly where my little Paradise is headed.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Martha from Primary Paradise

How do you deal with change? Have you ever changed positions mid-year? Leave a comment below to share.



Primary Paradise

Primary Paradise

I have always had a passion for teaching and sharing with others and look forward to sharing my ideas with you!


  • Grace Pruim
    February 17, 2013 7:40 am

    Good luck!!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      February 17, 2013 8:14 am

      Thanks so much Grace!

  • Leah @ Learning 4 Keeps
    February 17, 2013 8:33 am

    Good luck Martha!! I have been in your shoes and trusting God can be scary but is definitely worth it. 🙂

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      February 17, 2013 6:40 pm

      Thank you so much. I know He’ll take care of me. 😉

  • Jill
    February 17, 2013 11:33 am

    I didn’t know you could change mid year, but I wish you the best, sometimes a change is as good as a rest.

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      February 17, 2013 6:40 pm

      Thanks so much Jill!

  • Cecilia Bartram
    February 17, 2013 11:57 am

    How sad and exciting at the same time. I was wondering are your students staying together with a new teacher or being sent out to different teachers? I would have an easier time if they were all still staying together. Good luck.

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      February 17, 2013 6:41 pm

      Cecilia, they’re staying together, which made it easier. I also got to meet my replacement, which helped.

  • Keeping it Captivating
    February 17, 2013 12:14 pm

    Good luck! I have worked at a charter school previously. I’m so happy to be in public!! It is way more supportive and I don’t get taken advantage of. I hope you have positive experiences in your new position and school!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      February 17, 2013 6:42 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m definitely looking forward to the future. 🙂

  • Merinda Nunez Powell
    February 17, 2013 1:53 pm

    Change is also very exciting, setting out to see what God has next for your life:) Can’t wait to hear about your new experiences.

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      February 17, 2013 6:43 pm

      Thanks so much Merinda! I’ll definitely keep you updated.

  • Vicky
    February 17, 2013 2:34 pm

    Martha..good for you! I’m all for change. I’m looking to make a chance for next year. My sweet babies ave gone k-5th with me and my youngest will be leaving my elem school in June going onto middle school….so I’m ready to move on too. Upper grades….middle school, wherever the Lord leads me..can’t wait!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      February 17, 2013 6:44 pm

      Thanks Vicky, I’m not so good with change, but I know this will be for the best. I am so excited for you. Keep me posted on what happens and what you decide to do.

  • Danielle – Crayonbox Learning
    February 18, 2013 1:44 pm

    Martha – I’m proud of you. You recognized that you needed to make a change, even though change isn’t so easy. You’ll have a LOT of new adventures to Blog about!!! Best wishes on your new endeavor!!

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