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Thursday, February 28, 2013

meeting Howard

I was at the University yesterday, making my way through the final hoop I was required to jump through to get approved for the teacher licensing program I applied for.  It's a program specifically for people who have a bachelor's degree in something other than education, specifically for training high school math and science teachers.  Our university is one of the few that offers it, and it's pretty selective, so I thought I'd at least apply and see what happened.

I was going there to meet with one of the program directors, a Ph.D in the Physics department. I jokingly wondered to myself if he would be like one of the characters on "The Big Bang Theory" (TV show I reluctantly admit to sometimes watching).

I arrived at his office precisely three minutes before our scheduled meet.  He is a very personable and laid-back man who totally reminded me of Howard Wolowitz.  Not really in mannerisms, but put about 25 years on Wolowitz, and he's Dr. C at the university.  Ironically, Wolowitz is the only one of the four main geeks in "Big Bang Theory" who is NOT a physicist.

But enough about fictional characters - really, my kids watch the show, that's the only reason I know of it!

So we had a nice little "interview", mostly talking about how old I am  it's been several years since I was in college, and might need/want to take a couple of refresher math courses.

Then, he approved my application, we both signed our respective signature boxes, and that was that.   So I'm in and fully on board to do the program now, after sitting on the fence for the last couple of years.




As luck would have it, however, we got hit with more snow on Tuesday night, and yesterday morning was another 2-hour delayed start to school that I had to call in "overscheduled" for.  The boss got a crosswalk sub for me AGAIN.

There goes my crossing guard tenure.  At least my dog still loves me.

13 comments:

  1. This is exciting! Congratulations on your admittance to the program. I can see you in your teaching position now. You'll be that teacher who all the kids love, the one who makes math and science fun!

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    1. Thanks, I think the program will be pretty fun too.

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  2. Congratulations on walking the walk! It can be scary sometimes to delve into something new, but it can also be extremely fun to challenge yourself. I'm happy for you!
    I'm sure your crossing guard-ees still love you. Remember, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
    Did you shovel the path for China? No wonder she loves you! :)

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    1. I just wasn't sure if I wanted to go back to school... or if I was going back to school, is this what I'd go for? I'm not getting any younger!
      And yes, that's a pooch path through the back lawn (a.k.a. "dirt").

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  3. "So I'm in and fully on board to do the program now, after sitting on the fence for the last couple of years." OMG. That's TERRIFIC!

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  4. Congratulations! Glad to hear you have jumped off the fence. The old expression that the first step is the hardest.
    China looks like one cold, happy dog.

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    1. Thanks, and China has always been a snow dog.

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  5. Congrats on getting into the program! I wonder how fast the math will come back to you; I'm sure your tutoring background will help a lot. If I were to pursue a brush-up in math, I'm sure it'd require a wire brush!

    I've surfed through "Big Bang". Must admit I couldn't take much of it....

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    1. Who even uses calculus... like in real life??
      I think the thing that gets me to pause and watch BBT once in a while is that character who clearly has Asperger's.

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  6. I hate "BIG BANG". I HATE SNOW. I hate math. I love you. I love dogs. So, I'M PROUD OF YOU!!!!

    GO FORTH AND CONQUER

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    1. Thanks, and you are very well-balanced!

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  7. :)

    this will go up in your 'new-experiences-gained-2013' list. well done.

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