Monday, June 27, 2005

Summer is Busy! and a Big Secret

Oddly enough, this past week has been awfully busy! No time to post much, so I didn't post anything.

I hope to post more this week, but I'd like to start off by letting you all in on my most embarrasing secret.

I have the cushiest job in the world.

Yes, I have to work.
No, I don't make millions - not even six-figures.

But.

I am a tenured college professor at a community college (hence the moniker, Professor Steve).
I work two 16-week semesters, thus I work 32 weeks a year.
This means I have 20 weeks off a year.

I am not kidding.

During the weeks I do work, I work 2 full days, and two half days.
This comes out to roughly 24-30 hours a week.

I am not kidding.

I used to work in the professional world, so I know how hard most people work. That's why I am embarrased by all this time off.
I will not get monetarily rich teaching college, but I reap benefits that money will never buy.
I am home with my boys - alot. I get to talk to them, play with them, be with them. The only way to get quality time, is to have quantity time. I am there for them. Priceless.

I am home with my wife. We interact constantly. We long for more, but that will come as the kids get older.

I get to help with the kids' schooling (homeschool). We get to go on field trips all over.

Now, on the teaching end of things, I teach what I practiced for 15 years, and still do for a few clients. I get to be practical, bottom line, vocational in my approach, which suits me perfectly.

I get to interact with a wide swath of humanity, and try and be a living example of what a Christian looks like, acts like, smells like, etc. It's easy to stand out if you try and treat people as Jesus would.

I am free of the status-seeking ego race of higher education (4-year schools), where reputation, grants, status, theoretical work, etc. rule the roost. A community college is all about teaching people, not puffing yourself up. What a breath of fresh air it is.

I am so incredibly grateful for this job. I don't deserve it. I see it as a priviledge and a responsibility, not to be squandered.

More on some serious aspects of teaching later.

For now: Gratitude Index: 10

15 comments:

AuntieJeanne 4:15 PM, June 27, 2005  

Hi Professor, Yes, I have to admit I'm jealous of your time off. My parents were both teachers and they always encouraged me to go into teaching, but I rebelled I guess, lol! As I get older, I realize how right they were. It's a little late for a career change for me because I can't afford to go back to school, but I'm glad you're enjoying yourself and that you realize how blessed you are.

I'd like to hear what you have to say on the serious aspects of teaching. Looking forward to reading that.

Old woman 8:26 PM, June 27, 2005  

Hi - I'm a little jealous of your teaching schedule! However, I am an RN, and there are SO many different schedules available, one can work 24 hours a week and make a more than adequate income - I also try to show the world how a "Christian" looks, sounds, smells, etc. Unfortunately, I frequently fail at the job! Enjoying your blog. Carole

Professor Steve 1:50 AM, June 28, 2005  

Jeanne and Mom,

Thanks for the comments. More on teaching in upcoming posts.
Jeanne - Why don't you tell folks about editing at your blog? I am clueless about what editors do.
Mom - Did you read my posts on Disneyland? How does it compare to your recent trip to Disneyworld?

Old woman 6:21 PM, June 28, 2005  

Prof Steve - Actually, your post on Disney was the first of your blog that I read (I'm currently going back to the earlier posts - SO interesting). Our trip to Disney was pretty much as you wrote - long lines, but it was my grandson's first trip, and he had a wonderful time, "the best time I've ever had." When he said that, I knew it was worth everything. Actually, with the fastpass, the waits weren't too long (according to the kids, I only went to Animal Kingdom, they hit all four parks). It's sort of like calling ahead at a restaurant - you get a punched ticket that tells you what time to be back at the ride, and get to go in a separate entrance, usually cutting the wait for a ride to less than 15 minutes. Now I'm going back to your blogsite! C

homschoolmom 11:02 AM, July 13, 2005  

Hi, Professor Steve, I happened across your web-site today while doing some research. We have a lot in common. I am a homeschool mom of 4 boys and 1 girl. And, in my last paying job, I worked at a community college. I would love to tell you more about the homeschool blogger community at www.homeschoolblogger.com. It is a wonderful place for homeschool families to blog and connect with one another. E-mail me or visit my blog at http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Tami if you would like to know more.

Blessings! Tami Fox
fiveblessings@bellsouth.net

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