peine’s thoughts…

things i’ll miss will be: riding the metro, going to free museums, eating my favorite thai/indian/lebanese food…

but wait…who cares about the metro, there is no bumper to bumper traffic in gallup.  yeah…the smithsonians, nat’l gallery of art, and the building museum will no longer be within walking distance from my house, everywhere i look the scenery is more spectacular than any picture hanging on a wall.  okay…the choices for eating out in gallup consist of multiple fast food options, but i’ll be more motivated to figure out how to make other kinds of foods in the new kitchen i’ll share with nick.

moving to a new location, making new friends, starting school all over again is nothing new to me.  welcome to the life of a military brat.  one of the best things my dad and mom did for sarah, mark and I was to get us excited about moving by focusing on what we would be gaining in our new home, not dwelling on what we would be leaving behind.  and though there will be much i’ll miss about living in DC, there is so much more I’m eager to explore in NM and AZ…shoot, Colorado, Utah…there’s so much to see.

so, schools in Gallup…it seems that small town life isn’t completely different from big city life.  the schools the furthest east and west of town (the ones with the best views of the surrounding rocks) seem to be the nicest schools.  the schools in the central part of town are much older, run down and often have multiple “trailer units” parked outside for overflow classrooms.  i only managed to talk to two principals as most were either were too busy with winter concerts or meeting with parents to talk to me.  i did get to speak to many office administrators, and they were all extremely nice.  i checked out a school just north of town…i got the best feel there, but even that school will be about a half hour drive from Fort Defiance. this morning, i went to the school that is a spit away from the hospital and housing on Fort Defiance…the people i spoke to were also quite nice, but the message was the same, check back in the spring.

besides the pay and the commuting time, i don’t know much about what the difference would be working on the reservation versus working in town. i have some more research to do about resources, staff, parent involvement, relationship w/community, etc. before i can really get a feel for what i prefer.  now, the issues will be more about where the job openings are and where i will find more satisfaction…working with the kids on the reservation or working in town?  i’d rather make my choice based on what will make me happier.  what a luxury that would be.

a final thought.  it’s so nice to be out of the rush and push of the city.  everyone i’ve come into contact with has been noticeably friendly (fair enough, most have worked in some sort of customer service type of job…but still), drivers don’t rush to cut you off on the road and the only honking i’ve heard from another car was when there were horses meandering onto the road.  the honking wasn’t even at another driver, it was to scoot the horses along.

it’s going to be a fantastic adventure.  i’m glad i already own a pair of fantastic cowboy boots.


3 Responses to “peine’s thoughts…”

  1. granny Says:

    Yesterday, Kendall’s teacher, Ms. Good, announced that she is leaving at the end of the school year. She has been his teacher for 4 years. Kendall loves Ms. Good and always has such wonderful stories to tell about her and his school day when I take him home from school. …. That was until yesterday. He announced that she was going ….. “just as well she’s just so annoying”. When I wondered that I thought he loved Ms. Good … “well… well… well…..she’s really just annoying and she can go to New York and just have a fine life”. Losing a good teacher is very, very hard.

  2. Dad Peine Says:

    It sounds exciting! The options are somewhat limited but everything seems to be open. We will be anxious to hear how things workout. You have so many things to decide, but you can do it.

  3. miss klide Says:

    can’t wait to hear more.. what an adventure. i can’t help but think of all those kids out there that have no idea that miss peine’s coming to town. you will make a difference, wherever you chose to go.
    and remember, there is always room for multiple cowbow boots! somehow i think you know this..

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