My School Situation - The End
Monday, November 16, 2015
A dear friend recently asked me "has your school situation resolved itself yet?"
I've been procrastinating about writing this blog, but here is the answer:
It has. I resigned.
That's the short story. The longer explanation is this:
IF I had continued to fight, and gone into arbitration, it would immediately become public record. Anyone reviewing my resume, could look me up, and most likely the next thing (being the most recent) would be that I had been brought up on tenure charges. The second thing, is IF I had continued, and had gone into arbitration, and the arbitrator ruled against me, I would have no recourse, no route of appeal.
So, yes, I resigned. Am I happy with that? No. I'm past being angry. It isn't good to hold on to anger that doesn't serve a purpose. I am still sad about how things were handled. I think it's a disgrace to the school system where I taught for 16 years, that they would treat one of their employees in this way. Needless to say, I won't be recommending any new college graduates to go teach there.
So, I'm preparing to move back in with my husband. Yes, we've lived separately for a good number of years, but we've both grown and learned a lot about each other during that time. I'm not in a position financially to do anything else. I'm planning on putting in for early retirement from the public school system. I'll still be able to substitute teach if I want to. I'm preparing to have a garage sale to sell off my accrued collection of early childhood materials.
I'm entertaining ideas to substitute teach, to find a part time teaching position in a nursery school, and to focus more on my crafts. I'm enjoying not having to get up at 5 am to get to school by 7:30 in order to get a decent parking spot. I'm enjoying not having to do lesson plans. I'm enjoying not being stress out. I'm enjoying not bending over backwards to please administrators who have nothing good or nice to say about anything that you do. Don't miss one bit of all of that. I DO miss the kids.
The garage sale is this weekend. I'm actually looking forward to it!
Thank you for all of your caring concern. I do appreciate it!