I never would have thought the first day of school would be more intimidating for the teachers than the students, but I felt way more nervous today than any other first day of school experience!
We had to talk into a microphone to 400 people to introduce ourselves, in Spanish at the school assembly this morning (they wanted us to SING- was NOT going to happen! A Dios Mio! The children really made the experience great! Yes, they were over excited for the first day and were running around hopped up on sugar (Costa Rica seems to have a never ending supply of candy, lollipops and soda readily available to children at all times, even in school!) but they were sweet and sooo cute. We started out by introducing ourselves to kinder, where many little students were still sobbing and holding on to their parents not letting them leave.
The older students were all smiles though and I received many hugs and kisses and high-fives. They seemed really excited that Ross and I will be teaching them this year. The 6th grade teacher said all her girls are already in love with Ross, so I guess I have some competition here in Zeta Trece 🙂
I’ve been so overwhelmed with this new gig and not understanding a freaking thing that anyone says that I haven’t been really absorbing or enjoying. It’s only 1pm right now, so I’m planning to go for a nice, slow, long run to see a little bit of my new home and to think a lot.