Personal Critical Junctures by Brenda Schiessl

The events in my life that shaped who I am today.  

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April 1994
April 1 (Friday)  
Decided to attend UW Eau Claire

I was accepted into the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.  I decided to leave my high school friends, many of whom decided to go to UW Oshkosh, and go to UW Eau Claire not knowing anyone.    

April 1999
April 3 (Saturday)  
Got engaged!

My boyfriend and I were doing a long distance relationship and decided to get married.  

January 2000
January 20 (Thursday)  
Moved to Madison, WI

I finished up student teaching in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and made the decision to move to Madison, Wisconsin, where my fiancĂ© (now husband),  had recently got his first job.  

February 2000
February 20 (Sunday)  
Accepted my first teaching job

I was offered a job in the Madison Metropolitan School District as a cross-categorical special education teacher.  My degree, which I graduated with one and a half months before was in Learning Disabilities and Elementary Education.   I had seven students with autism on my caseload and I had never worked with a student with autism.  I had no idea what I was doing, but I learned so much!  

March 2004
March 22 (Monday)  
Became a Stay at Home Mom

My daughter Anna was born on March 22, 2004 and I decided that I did not want to go back into teaching.  I wanted to stay at home with her.  I ended up taking ten years off and having two more children.  

January 2014
January 1 (Wednesday)  
Got back into teaching.

Once my youngest son was off to 4K, I decided to get back to teaching.  After taking ten years off, I started subbing in the Madison Metropolitan District.  I had been out of teaching for a long time.  

July 2014
July 3 (Thursday)  
Took a position in the Verona School District

After subbing and teaching summer school in the Madison Metropolitan School District, I was offered a position in the Verona Area School District.  With my own children in the Madison district and working there in the past, I was leaning towards waiting for positions to open up there.  Instead, I accepted a position in the Verona District.  

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