Back home in Caracas... not much is different around the city. It's quite fun to fall back into old routines of walking to school, running in the concha, going to church, shopping at the grocery store... All of these people whom I never "knew" are surprised and yet excited to see me back here. It's so welcoming! There's a sense of belonging here, and it's quite nice.
School officially starts on Monday, and we've been very busy preparing, training, setting up, and planning.
This year I will be teaching middle school (6th-8th grade) Social Studies, Bible, and Math. It is our first year separating the middle school grades from the "High School", and I am very excited to be the main middle school teacher! I will also be teaching an elective art class for the high schoolers (we still don't have a music teacher, so this leaves a lot of 'elective' slots open because there aren't classes for choirs, bands, and ensembles) This is all new to me... and I love it!
Our new teachers are here, and they are lovely! Of course, no one can ever take the place of another, and this year will be entirely different from last. I am so thankful for such an amazing year last year (I miss my friends), and I am so excited for the things to come this year!
Being back here in Caracas, I feel peace... There is still so much to do - I haven't re-established my routines yet - my baggy eyes can attest to some sort of exhaustion.... but there's a quiet in my soul.