My new official job title is Mad Scientist. That’s right, I’ve been hired by a company called Mad Science to give science presentations to elementary age kids. It should work out just about right to earn the $400 per month that I committed to. Possibly slightly less, but as long as I can sub for a WAS event once or twice a month, I should come out even. I’m excited to have a job working with kids, which should look good on a resume, and it will be cool to be a bit more science oriented. I’m also interested in being back in the public schools for a little while. Is it as bad as I remember? Can I see myself teaching in them full-time? It’s the sort of work I want to do, but I’m not sure I could handle the horrible, soul-stealing, mind-numbing environment. But if I want to make a difference in the lives of future generations, that’s where most of them are, I suppose. It’s all well and good to work with all the groovy unchoolers, but they already know that they don’t have to grow up to be cogs in the machine. It’s the public school kids that really need to hear that message. I don’t know if I could stand the environment, but I think I’ll have fun doing these llittle presentations, and I can scope out the situation to see if I want to get more involved.

I have to have a fun science nickname, as a Mad Scientist. You know, like Electron Emily, or Quarky Kim. What goes with DeAnna?

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