Yesterday served as the first official day in my new career as a credentialed, mathematics teacher. My journey to yesterday started 888 days ago when I took the California Basic Educational Skills Test (“CBEST”) on March 6th, 2009, shortly before I chose to end my twenty-five year career in high-tech. Little did I know then how long the path could be.
The path between then and now twisted and turned, and rose and fell as I negotiated the multitude of hurdles those desiring to enter the teaching profession must overcome. With perseverance, support from family and friends, and a helping hand from above, I neared the end of the first stage of my journey with receipt of my preliminary single-subject teaching credential in secondary mathematics, as well as in physics (specialized).
When I began this trek, I naïvely thought I could start teaching in the fall of 2009 since I had a BS in electrical engineering, an MBA in finance and marketing, and a quarter century of experience that could translate well into the classroom, such as my experience supporting youth in Boy Scouts and Little League baseball. From everything I read, our nation was clamoring for teachers, math teachers especially, and yet try as I might, the only path open to me, of which I was aware, was through a traditional education program; no district close to home was hiring for intern teaching positions.
Yet as with any dark cloud, the silver lining turned out better than any original plan I conceived. Stanford’s Teacher Education Program (STEP) accepted my application leading to one of the most intense twelve months of my life from June 2010 to June 2011. Prior to starting STEP, I spent eight months volunteering at a local charter high school in its math department. The school had greater than 95% Hispanic population and over 65% free and reduced lunch. During their 2009-2010 academic year graduation, watching the eight or so seniors I helped pass their first and second semester geometry finals walk across the stage capped off my entrée into the educational field. This work brings true meaning to my labor, filled with moments helping students to grow and to learn what it takes to be productive citizens in our great country. Just over a year ago, one of the students bumped into me in our local mall and spent twenty minutes telling me how he was doing and thanking me for helping him graduate. What a wonderful gift to receive for sharing my time.
While Stage 1 officially ended yesterday with my first day of employment in my school district, Stage 2 begins with two years of Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (“BTSA”) in pursuit of my clear credential. I welcome this next stage of my professional advancement in the teaching profession. More importantly, I am very excited about the first day of classes for students which is just around the corner, on Monday August 15, 2011.
Look for more posts from me as I venture forth in my latest journey.
For those familiar with numerology, the number ‘888’ is replete with hidden meaning. As an example, for the Chinese, the number ‘888’ has a most fortunate meaning of “three times the prosperity,’ which equates to “wealthy, wealthy, wealthy.”
A Google search for “888 meaning” turns up plenty of interesting attributions. According to one site, 888 is the number of Jesus in the Greek alphabet. In the Greek alphabet each number is assigned a numerical value and when Jesus is spelled in the Greek, which is the original language of the New Testament, his name comes out to the sum of 888.
The numeric sum of the letters spelling Jesus in Greek is 888. Iesous = I (10) + e (8) + s (200) + o (70) + u (400) + s (200) = 888 (The "e" is not the Greek epsilon, it is eta.)
Per the same site, the number 8 turned horizontally symbolizes infinity, which they also refer to as Endless Life. They go on to state that “It means all time, past, present and future, centered in the present moment of NOW. On the Highest Spiritual level all time is NOW. Everything that ever happened is occurring NOW and everything that ever will happen is happening NOW. We create our present from our past and our future from our present. It is Karma. So 888 is a Triply Karmic Day. Karmic to the third Power. This is a very powerful occurrence.”
In a serendipitous moment, after picking up my eldest son a few moments ago from his friend’s house, the friend came to the door to prevent his two dogs from escaping. I could not help but notice the “888 Monkeys” emblazoned across his t-shirt. Some things are more than coincidence.
The 888 day period was calculated using this site. It provided the following data.
From and including: Friday, March 6, 2009
To, but not including : Thursday, August 11, 2011
It is 888 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date
Or 2 years, 5 months, 5 days excluding the end date
Alternative time units
888 days can be converted to one of these units:
- 76,723,200 seconds
- 1,278,720 minutes
- 21,312 hours
- 126 weeks (rounded down)