The next seven years transformed my life. In January 2004 I walked out of a job, tired of being under-appreciated, tired of the stress and the long hours away from my kids. I spent the next 4 years as a stay-at-home mom, and even home schooled one of my kids for a year to help transition her into middle school. During those 4 years at home I took classes in organic gardening and composting and became a Mater Composter/ Recycler and Master Gardener with organic practices training. I became involved in community outreach programs and participated in a community event promoting natural yard and garden care as a host gardener.
With my background in education these volunteer projects soon led to a curriculum development position with the county, and soon after I returned to teaching and eventually landed my dream job as a lead teacher in a magnet program. I taught natural resource conservation and just last summer completed Advanced Placement training to teach AP Environmental Science.
What a classroom, it was huge. I think it was capacity 74. We had lab space and a salmon tank.
And then my husband was relocated 2300 miles east to Northern Indiana. So, here I sit in Michiana, trying to decide what to do now. I cried for two weeks straight as I unpacked my books and research and set up my new office. I decided to start blogging again while I look for a job and decide what to do next.
I feel like I am kind of behind the curve now, at my age, as I read about kids earning degrees in environmental science and community development that did not exist when I was in school. I have been looking at continuing education and certification programs for "green professionals, such as LEED online courses. I am kind of interested in waste management and it's connection to green practices, if you can't tell by my zealous promotion of vermicomposting and leaf mulching :) I found a lot of good information , and it looks like there may be grant opportunities too.
I see everything from energy audits to waste management as related to how I garden and the cycles I see in nature. I guess I am just the next generation of Joan Baez loving mothers. They think I am a big west coast hippy here in Indiana. Ok, maybe.