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Have you ever wanted to do something, but became frustrated or even lost hope, because that certain something, “never” happened?
Do you still have certain goals or dreams you like to accomplish? Or have you let go of them?
“Well, friends I have been there more than once! I can’t begin to tell you how many teacher’s assistants jobs I have had, that never worked out.”
In the summer of 2015, after completing my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, I submitted my FAFSA application to Mont Clair, the college of my choice. I wanted to continue my quest to achieve my Masters in Special Ed. Unfortunately, I didn’t qualify for financial aid. I was crushed! I even researched colleges online, but , I just couldn’t afford the tuition.
Fortunately, I was able to apply for a teacher’s assistant position with a temp agency. This opportunity kept me busy and allowed me to gain more valuable experience working with preschool and elementary students. I also had the opportunity often to work with special needs children. My favorite position was when I worked as a one on one aid.
In the winter of 2016, my husband’s dad passed away. We packed up all of our belongings and moved in with his handicapped mom. We had to stay there and get his mom settled. During that time, I couldn’t temp; so I had to stop working.
We finally moved out in the summer of 2017. Even though I didn’t have the responsibility of caring for his mom, I still couldn’t go back to work. I had to stay home until my daughter got her own car.
During the summer of 2017 I had informed the Scholastic temp agency that I was still interested in participating with their company. I was hoping I could finally be placed in a long- term or permanent position with an elementary school. I wanted a place to belong and have the opportunity to really make a difference in children’s lives.
To my surprise, I received several job offers through the temp staffing agency in the middle of August! I decided to apply for the position closest to me. Before the interview, I assembled all my important papers. I even rehearsed questions that the interviewer may ask me during the interview.
When I arrived at the Special Education supervisor’s office, I sat down expecting to be asked a series of questions. This did not happen. The supervisor looked perplexed when I came in her office. She didn’t even know what position I was applying for. I told her I was applying for the short-term teacher’s assistant position. She informed me, that she just had finished talking to the girl I was to replace. She told me the girl decided to resign, and take care of her ill mother. She asked me if I would be interested in a permanent position at their school. Although, I was in a bit of shock, I told Joyce that I would definitely be interested in the position. She asked for my resume and my test scores. We talked briefly about my experience and she was very pleased I had taken educational exams. She began to discuss my salary. I was thrilled, I was going to make $16.00 an hour. I only had to work five hours. God knew I wanted a permanent position.
Finally, in September of 2018, a dream came true for me. I was so thankful that God had orchestrate every detail up to this point. I worked in a self-contained classroom for a few months with ten third grade students. The class was challenging. I was so glad, when our elementary school switched some of the paraprofessionals around. Now I work primarily in the reading and math resource room. I assist the lead teacher and also I get the opportunity to work one on one with the students.
If you carefully, follow my story, you can see that God was working behind the scenes. He had this perfect position already planned for me. Sometimes we may not see anything going on and you may even be hit with a road block or a delay. I want to encourage you to keep on pursuing your goals and fulfilling your dreams. Ask God to ordain your steps daily. God can open up doors for you, that you might have thought would be very difficult or impossible. God can provide funds for you even if your bank account is low.
Keep believing and be in expectation, you never know when God will move in a mighty way!