Goodbye, John Hughes

Graduation season is well under way and in a sense, I will be graduating as well. I graduated from high school in 2000 and then from college in 2004. I have spent the four years between college graduation and now teaching high school Spanish. First, at a very well-regarded public school in Houston and most recently at a fairly new school in the suburbs.

My experience as a teacher has been invaluable. I’ve learned so much about people, handling tricky situations, anticipating problems, etc. Teachers wear so many hats: educator, psychologist, mother, sister, friend, counselor, comedian, entertainer, life coach, and so on. I have nothing but the utmost respect for teachers. Well, at least those who are in the profession for the right reasons and not as a matter of convenience.

I’ve always had a great rapport with most of my students and have found the career to be rewarding, but I have always yearned for something more. So, after four years of teaching high school, I will be “graduating” along with the class of 2008. Graduating from one profession to another. I’ve been very interested in real estate for as long as I can remember. It is something I’ve always wanted to do and the time finally feels right. I have secured a position as a realtor at a boutique company that specializes in high end properties and will begin this summer as soon as I obtain my license. I think it will be a great fit for me. I am both excited and nervous, but mostly eager to start my new career.

Seeing as how John Hughes is responsible for the greatest teen movies of the 80’s, I am using him as my metaphor for my second high school experience. Monsieur Hughes, I bid you adieu, but don’t you forget about me.

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  1. Congrats, Paloma! This blog is a testament to how much you know about great style and beautiful homes. I predict lots of success!

  2. Yea! SO excited for you! You are right, teaching is amazing, but way overwhelming and requires many different “hats at the same time. I resigned for next year too and it is sad, but feels great at the same time! Can’t wait to hear about your real estate adventures!

    I wish you the best and know you will do so so well. You’re driven, confident, organized and poised. But most importantly, you’re a self starter. I sure wish my realtor had all of your qualities!

  4. This is such exciting news, Paloma! You will have to message me with who you will be working for. We know a few of people in that market.

    I have actually thought a lot about real estate myself, but there is just no way to really devote the kind of time it deserves to make money at this point in my life.

    I really hope this takes off for you. You have the perfect personality for it. I think you may find you wear similar hats as you have teaching. 😛