My Summer Job

The title explains my absence from the blog world lately. It has been a hectic past 3 weeks. From arranging/looking for a babysitter to watch Evan in between his sports camp and until Tom comes home (thankfully his regular babysitter, an assistant teacher in his former school, was available), our 1 week vacation in Madison and Wisconsin Dells (yes, we did have a fun vacation which I wanted to blog about but couldn’t), making lesson plans, making posters and re-reading up (actually, watching online video tutorials was more like it) on the subjects that I was teaching took up most of my time. Plus, I felt that I was spending too much time in front of the computer to the point of being unhealthy.

For this summer, for 10 weeks, 2 times a week, 6.5 hours a day I am going to teach Photoshop and Illustrator CS5, Photoshop Elements 9, Garageband ’11 and iMovie to patrons of the library I had volunteered in. For one day I will have two 1to1 1 hour sessions and the other day a 4person 2hour class. The rest of the time will be spent on prepping and being available to help users of the computer graphics room.

While I do know how to use these programs (after all that was why I was hired) but other people will want to use them differently for a different purpose – so it was in anticipation of this I had to do a lot of catching up on. Plus Photoshop and Illustrator CS5 also had many new features my CS3 doesn’t. I knew that the first 3 weeks of June was going to be tough and my estimate was right. Last week, I caught up, my lesson plans got done and the pressure has lifted.

As early as the first week I was told that the Retouching Old Photos class was already full. My other 1to1s are quickly filling up too (it’s fully booked until August). Also another person also does 2 days a week, he’s a music teacher, and his schedule is as full as mine.

It’s funny how a few months ago I wrote an unpublished blog post about how I was jealous of my sister’s job when she became my old hometown school’s (which our family are alumni) music and art teacher. Now by some twist of fate I sort of became one too – using a more hi tech (though not necessarily better) medium. Even if it’s only for the summer I am grateful for this opportunity.

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4 Responses to My Summer Job

  1. Ed says:

    I’m guessing this must be the “mommy project” that you spoke about earlier this spring? If I had the time, I would love to take a photo editing class. I can only use Paint and barely at that!

  2. geri says:

    Ed, this summer job is an interruption to my mommy project =) When I learned from my supervisor that there were other very good applicants I consoled myself that it was still good so I can concentrate on my project. But since I got the job it has to take backseat. Hopefully this week I can start working on it again.

    You will love the photo editing class. My students were very impressed with the kind of magic they can do with Photoshop Elements. Even I, a Photoshop loyalist, was impressed with it. The residents of the library where I work are so lucky to have all these free services and equipments offered to them!

  3. MC says:

    congratulations geri. that sounds like a fun thing to learn. i’ve always wanted to pursue this venue. you are enjoying it, aren’t you?

    hoped you had a lovely 4th.

  4. geri says:

    MC, it’s never too late. There should be arts and recreation stuff in your area, why don’t you join a class? I might want to go back to the fine arts scene too – I need to find a group or something. It’s always the first step that’s the hardest =)

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