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!