Something that has caught me off guard in a wonderful way about the career transition I’ve made this year is the sense of community I am enjoying. From the laughter with fellow teachers, to my delight in hearing the words “art is my favorite subject,” to watching one student show me each week how she’s been continuing to work on making more zines on her own at home since I taught her how in class, connections are being made. It’s spilling over into my home life, inspiring me to tackle more hands on projects with my kids and their friends resulting in me looking forward to more of that eclectic life each day. I’m only a few weeks in and can already tell I’m right where I need to be to enjoy my community and make my mark on it in the process.