Hello! My name is Elaina, and I would like to share my story with all of you- current and prospective Qkids teachers. First, let me tell you a little about myself: I am a musician: I play the piano, the flute, and I sing. I love reading, gardening, crochet, sewing, anything DIY, and I am a creative butterfly. (This has worked well as an online teacher!)
I was born and raised in Idaho. After graduating from the University of Utah, I moved to California where I worked in marketing and met my husband, Mike. Guess what? He was from Idaho, too! We got married, had our oldest child, Olivia, and after he finished graduate school, we moved to Boise, Idaho. We adopted our two younger children, Dylan and Isha, and our family was complete. I worked as the Executive Director of Idaho Opera until I decided I wanted to be home full-time with all my kids.
During my “full-time” mom adventure, I completed a second B.A. and M.A. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction. I took a position at an alternative high school, where I taught American Government, History, Economics, and Humanities. I also became an Adjunct Professor at a local community college and taught online Advanced Placement/Dual Credit American Government.
My teaching career at my amazing high school was both the most challenging AND rewarding position of my life. I had truly found a purpose and loved every single minute of working with my students. It kind of seemed like I was living my dream. Of course --you guessed it -- the other shoe dropped.
I started experiencing vertigo and had some numbness in my left leg. My general practitioner ordered an MRI. The day I received those results changed my life forever. I was diagnosed with Progressive Intermittent Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I was very sick and ended up having to take a leave of absence. My symptoms only worsened and I became bedridden. After much grief, I knew I had to retire from teaching at my brick and mortar school.
This period of my life was pure darkness. I was unable to work and became very depressed. I am not exaggerating when I say I felt completely hopeless and wondered if I could survive. I am entirely grateful for my husband, children and an awesome medical team who helped me through this difficult time.
After a move to the Kansas City area, I went into full remission and determined to take complete care of myself. I changed my diet, exercised daily, took all my needed medications and supplements, and took charge of all areas of my health. When I received an email out of the blue from a recruiting company, it was as if fate stepped in. I was told I might be a good fit as an online teacher for Qkids. I had heard of the online teaching gigs because my Facebook page seemed to be inundated with ads from the "Orange" company. I did my research, took my time, and finally decided to give it a go. I was officially hired at the end of April 2018. This job has given me a new life. It sounds over-dramatic, but it's true.
I am a new person and appreciate every single day I get to wake up to teach my beautiful students! My creative energy has been well spent making fun props and backgrounds; I have started my own curriculum development company; I am full of complete JOY! But, I still have residual symptoms like constant fatigue and a poor immune system. Qkids' five- hour attendance policy has saved me many times! I have wondered about sharing my story because it is long, and for that, I am sorry. I do hope, though, that it helps some of you who struggle with a variety of problems in your lives. I also want to encourage people from all walks of life, young and old, from any demographic, to give online teaching a chance. There is a place for you. You are needed. I guarantee Qkids is like no other online teaching company.
If you need advice, would like help with coaching, or just need a mentor or friend, please let me know. LOVE and HUGS to all of you…and happy teaching!
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