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Early Mornings, Late Nights

Thursday, September 05, 2013

When you are beyond dedicated to teaching and being successful at a job where careers are at stake, you may have a tendency to arrive early and stay later than the average employee. As a teacher, I know we don't get paid our worth, but I refuse to let my students down either because they haven't obtained the skills to be considered in the correct grade level or socially inept due to lack of home support-even a combination of both.

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I may have to switch professions after dedicating 16/17 years and desiring a different path. This is no passing fancy. I am ready to move on.

Today, the teacher I have tutorials with told me, with tears in her eyes, how awesome I am. Usually, this would make me refocus and re-connect with my passion.
That same passion has begun to flicker down like a candle on its last drop of wax. Now, I seek to better ME and do ME. I cherish the young minds I have helped to mold. Now it is time to sashay away with style, grace, and dignity. What other way would a lady exit the stage?

Until tomorrow my friends...

Good night!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JAZZEJR 9/13/2013 3:43AM

    I applaud you. Funny...a man having these thoughts would just be considered normal. A woman, we give applause. What are you planning on for your next career? Want to email me?

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CLPURNELL 9/11/2013 10:46PM

    emoticon Sometimes it is time for a change.A job or career is what we do not who we are.

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    Teaching is, without a doubt, a tireless profession. You have to be happy and want to do what you do. I have a feeling that throughout a career an average person will have many ups and downs. Just make sure that this isn't just a 'down' spot in yours. It may take a while, but there may be an up.

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GEMLADYONE 9/7/2013 1:37AM

    It's really hard to consider moving on from something you've done well and so long. I hope you find what you are looking for and that you are happy with the move. Best of luck my friend! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 9/6/2013 9:42PM

    I am counting the days until I can retire from teaching, and doing my best to make every day until then really count. I love what "I" do, but hate all the politics of my career. More and more my caring co-workers are being replaced by people who just want a high paying babysitting job. One teacher in our building shows a Disney movie EVERY day...2 wasted hours...but her brother is a board member, and his best friend is our new principal, so whatever she wants to do is fine. I sometimes think about looking for a lower paying position in a private school where people really care about the quality of education the children are getting. I have my own son's college to pay for in the near future, so I just do the best I can, and try to focus on what I should do rather than on what other's are doing. I'm only responsible for me. You are responsible for doing what is best for you. Hope you find what that is, and are happy in it.

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SPARKLE1908 9/6/2013 8:28PM

    I pray that you find fulfillment and joy in your career... emoticon

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SIRENALEANNE 9/6/2013 5:14PM

    Pray for you friend. Pray on it and let God's will be done. emoticon

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KAMINEKO 9/6/2013 12:06PM

    I'm not sure whether to express sympathy or celebration for you. Thank you for being a teacher. I'm sure there are quite a few people out there that hold you in their hearts as someone who made a big difference in their lives. I also have faith that you will be moving on to bigger and brighter!

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DOROTHYBERO 9/6/2013 7:56AM

    Best of luck to you!

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TAICHIDANCER 9/6/2013 6:28AM

    Best wishes to you as you make this decision. My mom was an elementary school teacher for 36 years and my grandmother was the "schoolmarm" of a one-room school house. It's a noble profession. Thanks for all you have done for others over the years.

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PATSYB7 9/6/2013 5:38AM

    emoticon Best wishes on whatever life has in store for you.

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GETNFITAFTER60 9/6/2013 1:12AM

    Wish you the best on whatever you decide.

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SNOWYOGA 9/5/2013 10:20PM

    I'm really sorry about this, and will be praying for you emoticon

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