As I was thinking the other day about the future, It hit me that last summer I asked the owner of my building only to sign a three year lease this time around (instead of 5 years) and that was over 6 months ago. Meaning I have 2.5 years left to figure out what I am going to do with myself if I close the preschool. What would I do If I was not teaching preschool, where do I want to go next? Do I really want to not teach preschool anymore?
Mrs. Layne, my co-teacher said to me over Christmas, “It’s hilarious to me that you think you are going to stop doing the preschool, you can’t even take a day off! You have been at school everyday you were supposed to be off!” She isn’t wrong I was here every day during Christmas break. I cannot stay away. I can honestly say my classroom is my happy place. (It’s here or the beach!) I’m typing this at preschool….
Preschool is my baby; I quite literally built this business from the ground up. It is a part of me, it is everything I have thought and dreamed, in real life before my eyes for others to see, enjoy, and experience. My preschool changed my life and I like to think it also changed the lives of the hundreds of families I have served and worked with since opening. Children, Child development and Early Childhood Education are my passions. Advocating for Little People, understanding little people is my life’s work.
Right now, I am supposed to be working on assignments for my Doctoral degree. I had hopes…still have hopes that my masters and doctoral degrees would open doors for me to teacher others about Early Childhood Education at a collegiate level. Here’s the big question though, are they going to want me? For the last 15 years I’ve worked for myself! I’m not sure where to go from here. Who to connect with to answer my questions? Should I close the school and spend a few years employed by others? Is there something I can do that would encourage a Higher Ed organization to consider me for a role? There are so many questions and I feel like time is running out!
Abby Lazarus, M.Ed.
Preschool Owner, Doctoral Student, Early Childhood Advocate.
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Current Doctoral Student.Masters in Early Childhood Studies and Bachelors in Child Development. 15 years in the ECE profession.