Candid Teacher Admits: It feels like I work for a divorced couple.
Seeing the words “district employee” on my contract felt cool at first. I felt empowered and important. I, a 3rd year teacher, had been made responsible for overseeing the reading program for an entire school district. However, now it feels like I work for divorced parents.
Most of my time is spent in the two elementary schools in the district. 2 1/2 days are at one school, 2 1/2 at the other. When I speak to the principals of the schools, often times they throw in a negative jibe about the other principal. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to just ignore these comments and change the subject. In addition, at times I am expected to go to the Middle and High School. I don’t know how I’m supposed to be in so many places at once, but apparently it’s something I need to figure out how to do.
Though I do not miss my old job whatsoever, this new one comes with a host of its own challenges. Of course, I anticipated this. However, I never could have imagined I’d struggle with teachers asking me which school I like better, trying to tell me how to do my job, alienating me from their “cliques”, and parents questioning my credentials. Ah!
I have not made up my mind about whether or not I like this job yet. I don’t feel it would be fair to do so after a mere two months. At the end of the year, I’ll reflect on everything and determine my next move. No matter what, of course, I hope the district is happy with my performance and invites me back so that I am in control of what I choose to do.