Jasper Roberts - Blog

Change is a Comin'

Hi everyone!

You may have noticed, if you follow me on IG, that my posts as of late have not been focused as much on the classroom. The reason for this, dear readers, is that I recently left my teaching position. Crazy, right? I love teaching, I love being in the classroom, I love creating lessons, so why would I leave?

Well...something inside of me was telling me that at this time in my life I need to focus on my family. This was the scariest decision I've ever made. It was a rough beginning of the school year, and the constant hustle and bustle of teaching was leaving me feeling like I was missing out on my most important student, my daughter. I started to realize that I couldn't be the mom, the wife, or the person I wanted to be while burning the candle at both ends. After a lot of thought and discussion, and budgeting (oh, the budgeting!), I decided to take a leave to stay home with Grace for a bit. I had many doubts, and regrets, and wondered constantly if I was making the right move, a very scary move! Very shortly after making this decision we found out we were having another baby, and everything became clear. This is definitely the right move for our family right now.

So I'll be teaching still, but in a very different capacity. Once a teacher, always a teacher, so I now spend my days as an early childhood teacher, showing Gracie how to build and explore and learn new things. I'm planning to tutor, work with students in any way I can volunteer, and I even started substitute teaching to still have some time in the classroom with students.

I'll also be focusing on becoming the best version of myself, not the burnt out, cranky person I noticed I was becoming. I was so stressed every weekend, never wanting to make plans because I was hoarding my time (for what I'm not sure), in an effort to recharge. I've already noticed in the past few weeks that I'm more giving of myself, and I like the person I see in the mirror a little bit more every day.

I'll still be posting, I have lots of ideas and lessons I wanted to share but never felt like I had the time to sit down and write, and I hope you'll stick around with me! Thanks for reading!


  1. Congratulations! I think it's a great decision. I am looking forward to following your new adventure!

  2. Good for you! You will never get this time back with your daughter. I did the same recently, only my son is in kindergarten. I am subbing and I feel so much happier! Enjoy!

    1. Thank you so much! Glad to hear staying home is working well for you, too! :)

  3. Claudia Snowber-MariniMarch 10, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Congratulations! I have been following your blog for awhile and used so many of your TPT resources successfully in my classroom! However---I think any teacher can relate to the grouchy burnt out person we become after "being in the trenches." We are one week out from Spring Break, and I am crawling towards next Friday. (Cue Diet Coke IV please!) Blessings and best wishes for your growing family and new endeavors!

  4. WOW!! congrats. Great Decision!!I've been following your blog for a while now. I just started working for VIPKID (online ESL tutoring). This could be a nice option for you. No minimum hours and $16-22 an hour. Let me know if you need help. I'd love to guide you through the process. Full disclosure, I do get a referral incentive but I honestly wouldn't share about this unless I thought it was worth the money/time.
    Fellow budgeter- Taniuska


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