Life Update: Tales of a Fourth Grade Teacher

Hey friends!

Life has been moving at the speed of light. One minute I was on the beach in Jamaica without a care in the world, and the next minute my whole life gets shaken up! If you have been keeping up with me on social media you know that I just recently started a new job as a 4th grade teacher!

Let me fill you in on how this change came about.

I had been a first grade teacher for 6 years (Yes, you heard me…SIX YEARS.. I know, I know, I can hardly believe it myself.) but when I returned from vacation I saw a posting for a teaching position at a school very close to home. I quickly decided to apply for the position without thinking it would actually become available. I dropped off my application and resume then left for New York City. Yes, I am the person who applied for a new job and then immediately left town. In my defense, I was use to seeing these positions open up only to be taken by another teacher within the district. I just equated this to be another one of those times so it was best to just not get my hopes up.

To make a very long story short, I was called for an interview and offered a position to teach none other than….. FOURTH GRADE. Did you just hear the music from Jaws? I swear I did…

Now don’t get me wrong, I was absolutely honored to have been offered this job. I didn’t even think it was even going to be possible! After sorting out the details of switching school districts, I happily called and accepted the new position. However, the amount of change that was coming my way was making me completely panic inside. I cried… A LOT… and I mean the ugly sobbing kind. It was so difficult to leave my very dear friends at work, and to leave a job that I felt like I was excellent at to start something new. I could have walked in and taught my sweet first graders blindfolded but now I feel like I am teaching quantum physics to college students!

Do they think Paw Patrol is for babies? Will they laugh at me if I turn on GoNoodle? Oh the struggle…

Stepping out of the “Comfort Zone”

The decision to leave the comfort of where I was working was not an easy one. It is never easy to start over, to learn all new ways of doing things, and to wonder if you will make friends. Everyone has had a moment such as this in life. We are often faced with the challenge of leaving our comfort zone and are sometimes held back by fear. Very simply, what we fear most about challenging ourselves is that we may fail and/or get hurt in the process. But truth be known, most of us have the ability to rise to the occasion and exceed even our own expectations!

I am very happy with my decision to accept change. Every day in fourth grade is new for me right now but every day is an opportunity to grow!

Here are a couple Wise Words and Verses that have helped me step out of my comfort zone so I hope they provide some inspiration to you as well!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

Be somebody who makes everyone feel like a somebody. – Kid President

Great things never came from comfort zones. -Unknown

Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created. Esther 4:14


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Thanks for reading!

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Loved reading this! It reminded me of a few hard decisions I’ve made, thinking “What have I done?!” But when made prayerfully and after the inevitable “plowing through” part, I have the satisfaction of knowing it was the right decision. Have a wonderful first year in fourth grade. No doubt, you’re going to do a great job and next year you’ll reap the rewards!


Thank you! And you are completely right! I keep saying to myself “next year will be much easier” because I will have my files set the way I want them!


Change is scary but I know you’ll do great!!


Miss Wise will now defeat ignorance in the 4th grade arena. Excellent assignment preparing you for future Leadership opportunities. Like Sugar Ray Leonard, Olympic Boxing Champion, Sugar Rae Wise is Champion in the classroom! Good Luck Miss Wise!


Great blog. Yes we do need to learn to step out of our comfort zone and not be afraid of change.
Change is hard but sometimes necessary!!

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