The non-profit I work for, IHSD, was hosting an annual mid-year retreat, which also happens to be a holiday party celebration with all staff and faculty. I was particularly excited to see my former co-teachers again from when I used to teach in Half Moon Bay.
This photo was our group of teachers taken in September 2009. (L-R: me, Teacher Carmen, Teacher Claudia, Teacher Anne Marie, and Teacher Dora)
Since moving to the suburbs, I recently joined Nextdoor, a social media platform for local neighborhoods. I came across a post from a teacher asking for a painting of an apple on her desk.
I’ve planned preschool lessons, production events, marketing campaigns, and even a Kickstarter launch. This was my first fundraising event. https://t.co/SZozkpwdJm
— Angel Chang (@helloangelchang) October 23, 2018
See also IHSD Cheers to 35 Years!
Original post was featured on IHSD’s blog.
My first season with IHSD started in the fall of 2008 in a coastal town with a one classroom preschool site next to a pumpkin patch. After two years of teaching, I continued to stay engaged with IHSD as a volunteer, an advocate, a member of the growth committee, and most recently a staff member. My seasons with IHSD have been nothing short of mission-driven with the growing belief that all children should have access to quality early childhood education.
As a staff member, I recently had an opportunity to be back in the classroom and lead an art project. Ahead of the 35th-anniversary event and IHSD’s inaugural fundraiser, I was inspired by my seasons with IHSD to lead a painting project for the live auction.
My career is far from a straight line, and yet it’s actually starting to look like a circle.
I graduated with a Communications degree wanting to be an event planner, but I decided instead to teach Pre-K to low-income families for two years. I loved my students, but I left teaching with the hope to make a bigger impact outside the classroom.
There’s a big white space above our living room bar cabinet that we’ve been wanting to fill for a while now. My intention was to paint something, but nothing came to mind.
Then sometime in May, we picked up our newest member of our family, Pork Chop! He’s a straight and shaggy coat Goldendoodle, and he took up much of the living room space by the bar cabinet and became my creative muse!
This weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting a painting project with the nephews. We created circle lines and explored how they intersected to create new shapes that we painted.