After contacting the fellowship program and getting some answers to my questions (no, maternity leave would not affect certification and yes, I can apply in the future) and a very long discussion over lunch with Greg, I decided to go with my gut and decline the offer to join the fellowship program.
So it was a little ironic when I received a recognition of excellence certificate in the mail yesterday from ETS that stated my score was in the top 15 percent of test takers this year and in years prior for the English Language Literature and Composition Content exam. Then, this morning, I received notification that I also passed the Pedagogy exam.
But I don't have any regrets about my decision. I spoke with the coordinator today and she expressed her understanding for my situation and said the committee hopes that I will apply for the program next year or in the future. It was really nice to hear someone say such wonderful things about me.
I still think teaching may be my future and I am content with my choice. After all, the opportunity to become a teacher will always be there. For now, though, I'm focused on this pregnancy and doing my very best to take care of myself and enjoy the moment.