I'll be honest - I have a fear of commitment in every aspect of my life, but particularly in staying in one place for too long. I have moved over 18 times during my 27 years of life. Sometimes I wonder if I might be addicted to change, but I just took a step forward towards staying in our rural town at least one more year because I signed my teaching contract for 2014-2015. I may have been the very last person (by weeks) at my school to sign it and my school secretary may or may not have had to send many email "reminders" but regardless I signed it.
Both my friends that live in urban and rural areas are constantly asking me why I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to a small village (not even considered a town) with a population of 876 in rural Wisconsin. For a while I never had a good answer for either group of friends, but today while I was walking our dogs around the park next door to us, I couldn't help but smile in thinking about how lovely life has been over the past 18 months.
I signed my contract to live and work in this small area because:
Candace Burckhardt is an international education consultant with an emphasis on special education, English learners, and social-emotional learning.