I'm not a teacher anymore

Today 1,000 teachers in Philadelphia rallied for fair funding for schools.

I wasn't there. I was working.

I went almost straight from teaching to my new job, so the fact that I'm not a teacher anymore has been hitting me little by little all summer, in various ways.

As I looked at all the pictures, posts and news articles about the rally, I felt a moment of sadness. I wished I could be there, and I felt somehow left out of the teacher network. It was completely my choice to look for a new job, but I feel like I'm still trying to figure who I am without teaching. Part of me will always be a teacher, but I have yet to see where it fits into my new identity.