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Just When I Think It’s All Figured Out… August 23, 2010

Filed under: education,teaching — candidteacher @ 8:14 pm

Candid Teacher Admits: I thought everything was straightened out, but it’s not.  And I’m sure more curve balls will come my way as well.  It feels like this couldn’t possibly be my life.  It must belong to someone else.

Since the new charter school hired me, it has been a wild roller coaster ride.  I knew it would be difficult to help starting a school, but I didn’t know it would feel quite this disorganized.  Despite the fact that the state said we were ready to open and very well prepared, I didn’t feel that way.  Many things simply went wrong in quick succession, most of which left me without words.

So, now that I am one interview with a superintendent away from becoming a Reading Specialist for a different district, I have resigned from the charter school.  Though I know this is a risky move, it feels right to do.  Moreover, the charter school gave me an ultimatum to decide immediately: will I stay or will I go?  Therefore, I have made my choice.
The principal of the new school has assured me that all I need to do is meet the superintendent as a formality.  Though the commute will be a bit more strenuous, I am excited.

I am sad that the charter school will not work out for me.  I felt so sure of it when I signed on, but there was a great deal of information withheld and far too much uncertainty for me to stand.

Therefore, with both a sad and happy heart, I’ve had to resign and move on to a new position that I think will bring me challenges and joy.  Here’s to hoping I’m right!

Yours,

Candid Teacher

 

Stress.. It Happens August 6, 2010

Filed under: education,Kindergarten,teaching — candidteacher @ 9:27 pm

Candid Teacher Admits: Stress is simply part of the life of a teacher.. and person.

I know everyone gets stressed out by work and well, life.  However, in this situation my stress has reached a new level.

I have just moved to a new apartment and while things are going relatively well, they are never perfect.  The washer/dryer don’t work (though that’s getting remedied within 2 weeks and then I’ll be thrilled to have them), the dishwasher doesn’t work that well, and I can never seem to get things done around the place.

Worst of all is that the new charter school where I am employed may not open because it is having trouble enrolling enough students.  I admit it’s a bit of a hard sell, but am surprised that it’s so difficult to enroll students.  I can’t help but feel this is the board’s fault for not advertising better.  Many people that live in the town don’t even know the school exists.  On top of that, those that do know about the school think it’s NOT free and that it is for religious education.  Charter schools are free public schools with missions, so it is both, free and has no religious affiliation.
Now the board is relying on the teachers to help get the word out about the school and correct misconceptions about the school.  While I don’t mean to sound above helping out, I can’t help but feel that this really isn’t part of my job.

There are a lot of things teachers have to do to go above and beyond, and being a positive representative of the school is one of them.  However, recruiting for the school is generally not in the job description.  Then again, nothing about this opportunity has been aligned with the “usual” job description of a teacher.

I just hope this doesn’t run my career into the ground.  I truly hope it ends up being one of the greatest risks I’ve taken so far.

Here’s to hoping that all this stress pays off!

Yours,

Candid Teacher