Something new

Dear Soulseekers,

If you’ve been following me for a little bit, you know that I quit teaching due to the pandemic, and what a good decision that has been! But since my resignation, I have been searching for a new job. I still wanted to be in education, but with a little less exposure to Covid and much fewer behavior problems. Maybe move into curriculum. I had my first job interview. It was terrible. I had prepared myself, but none of the questions they asked me were anything I had been expecting, and there was a lot of travel involved. So while I really wanted to work at that location, I did not want to spend that much time traveling. I didn’t get the job.

Job interview #2 went really well, and I just knew that I would be offered the job. It was perfect for me. I didn’t get that job either. Then one day I was searching online for job openings in my town, and I came across an opportunity that I had not even considered. A private school with a strong STEM focus, primarily online, but with a local campus, approximately 60 students and they needed a humanities teacher. Maybe this is where I was supposed to be? I interviewed and it sounded too good to be true! A small student population. Kids who are eager and want to learn. NO BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS! What?? I was skeptical. How could this be? I was offered the job and accepted it, and after 3 weeks of working there, it’s true. The kids want to learn. They are smart and creative thinkers, and there are NO behavior problems. I am actually teaching, not managing behavior every day.

So to all of the teachers out there, I know this year has been beyond tough. Many of you have been sick with Covid. Some of you, like me, left your job because this just isn’t what you had ever imagined being a teacher would be. My district sought sanctions against me for breaking my contract. Rumor has it, my district is the only district in Texas that sought sanctions against teachers leaving because of Covid. I didn’t just leave because I didn’t feel safe. I left because my family has health issues that I felt would be in jeopardy with all of the exposure I would be bringing home from school. Online teaching wasn’t an option for me. It was offered to students, but teachers had to be in the classroom with students who chose to be there. Fortunately for me, TEA showed me grace and compassion in a time of great uncertainty and fear and did not suspend my teaching certification. My school district wonders why they cannot retain good teachers?? Hmmm, I wonder. Currently, my district is offering incentive pay to teachers. If you finish the year, you get a certain dollar amount, and if you return next year, you get the second half of the incentive. Basically they are bribing teachers to stay. It’s awful. They know it’s been awful.

Friends, I say to you keep searching, look for the unexpected, take a chance. It’s risky leaving a secure job. Luckily I was able to do it. Don’t get me wrong. The pay cut was pretty painful, but we managed. I truly believe things happen for a reason and that I will find what I am supposed to do and where I am supposed to be. For me, I was meant to leave public school and try something different. It had been my goal all along. I just thought my new career would be within my school district. You just never know. Take a risk and try something new. It just might be one of the best things you ever did!

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