When I was in college, one of the seven (shush) majors I had over those four years was education. I wanted to teach… maybe theatre, probably English, definitely not math. This major lasted about two months, but then my advisor told me that – despite changing majors so many times – I had enough credits to cobble together a degree. I left college and went off on the long path that eventually led to librarianship. But I never forgot teaching, and looked for chances in every job to do just that. Sometimes it was leading beginning computer skills classes to a group of senior public library users and others it was just walking a single person through the genealogy database.
Two years ago, I had the opportunity to join a community college as a teaching librarian; it was a job that seemed ready-made for me! Additional changes in library staffing meant that six months after I started, I was in charge of the instruction and information literacy program. Me. Who never actually got that education degree.
Let’s all imagine that feeling of panic I had.