If you're a member of one of the many discord servers I frequent or have watched me stream on Twitch, you've likely heard me talk about the rec center I work at. But what is it?
The Warehouse is this 5.5 acre building, everything is indoors, that has things for all ages: basketball courts, boxing, soccer fields, volleyball courts, rock climbing, bounce houses, indoor skatepark, tennis courts, golf driving, and of course the art department. I'm the director of the art department, so it's obviously the best.
What do we do in the art department you ask? I teach (free) after school opportunities in the arts, midday classes for home-schoolers, ceramics classes for all ages, and generally facilitate the opportunities for creative exploration.
This has been one of the most satisfying work environments I've had the opportunity to work in. Getting to teach without the pressures of the many loops and obstacles of the public school system has brought back a lot of my passion for teaching that I was losing while I taught at a middle school and high school.
What I learned when I transitioned from a more traditional teaching job to this position was that just because the job you thought you were supposed to be doing isn't quite working out, that there isn't a similar job more suited to your personality and needs.