Today was my first day back from vacation.
A day that I was very much dreading. A day in which I get to return to work, but not the classroom that I have been teaching in since January. Today is the day that I get to take over teaching Preschool...with my daughter in the class...and absolutely no transition period or time to prepare. (Can't you just sense my overwhelming joy at the prospect?)
I woke up this morning prepared to face the day. Ok, so I had no clue what to expect other than the fact that a Tuesday is the day from hell on a good week. That's ok, I'll be fine.
I got out of bed slightly earlier than I normally would in order to give myself time to get my things together. I managed to accomplish my mission...right up until it was time to get Ciara ready. Still, we were in the car on schedule.
I walked into the door of the center where I was greeted by our Assistant Director (We'll call her "C" to keep things simple). The Director ("H") had today off. Things started off nice "How was your vacation" and such...but quickly turned sour as C told me that H had asked her to talk to me before I went to get my classroom going. Long story short- I ended up in over-emotional tears for about 20 minutes in the office while Ciara made Lamby and herself comfy on the floor.
The gist of the conversation was that my boss would like for me to continue the routines of the teacher who just left- who is the definition of "Type A personality". I however, am not remotely type A.
This felt like a bit of a slap in the face as I was the teacher in that classroom up until Ms. Type A was hired. The only reason I was moved from the class was because Ciara was turning 3 and it is against company policy (as well as my own personal policy) for us to be in the same classroom (unless of course it suits the center for my boss to ignore said rule). So now what I did before was crap? Whatever...not the best way to begin the first day back from vacation.
All in all, the day went ok. I made it through and C was unbelievably kind and helpful. The difficulty is that tomorrow I get to go and face H without C being around at all for the day. Not that H is a bad boss. She's very good at what she does and actually very nice and we get along quite well...I'm just not in the best frame of mind at the moment. Plus we have a staff meeting after work so I'll be working a 12 hour day. Oh joy!
Wish me luck!