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and the job drama continues

August 6th, 2008 at 03:08 am

So, I had this conversation with my boss at the end of the year last year that somehow gave me the impression that things were settled and that I could make it through another year. Yesterday proved to me that I was wrong.

We were offered a stipend for doing some planning work and apparently, since I'm a special ed teacher, were weren't eligible for this? I e-mailed about it and was told it would be O.K., but then I got an e-mail saying my boss would like to discuss the stipend with me. When I spoke with him, he reopened some wounds from last year. I think this means that I can't make it through another year. The good news is I still have time to find another job. We technically have yet to report until next week AND we have two weeks until the students start.

I was hired the day before school started two years ago. Perhaps my replacement will start the day before school starts this year. I pray God grants me an out. I decided not to take the other position offered to me at another school because I could feel it was a bad situation and I don't want to go from the fire to the frying pan. Or the frying pan to the fire. Or whatever. Am I being unethical in doing this? My contract began again August 1st. I guess I shouldn't really worry about it, but I'm a good person with a conscience and I do like to do right by people.

Damn. Why'd I choose this profession again? And now I've got a masters degree in it. What was I thinking?

6 Responses to “and the job drama continues”

  1. merch Says:

    I don't think this is an ethic or morality question. My contract with my employer is at will. I can leave or they can fire me whenever. I see nothing wrong with leaving.

    A two week notice with a professional tone sounds good to me. But then again, I am not union and don't know how that works.

    If you can't get out, I would start planning your exit startegy for next year.

  2. momcents Says:


    So sorry that this is happening to you ... start looking, you might get something again really quick! Good luck!

  3. compulsive debtor Says:

    I agree with Merch.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I *so* understand what you are going through. I was a teacher for eight-years. Due to some events that happened the first few weeks of school my 8th year, I realized it was time to get out. At that point, I didn't want to leave right then because I'd already started the school year - so I made an exit strategy to have something else up my sleeve by the end of the year. If I would've known beforehand what was going to happen the first few weeks? I probably would've left before the school year started (although I wouldn't have been quite as prepared for it financially.)

    I spent most of my childhood/young adult hood preparing to be a teacher - so it was REALLY difficult figuring out anything else to do when I didn't want to teach anymore.

  5. boomeyers Says:

    Good luck! I will pray for you too. What a tough spot to be in! But you need to do what is best for you and your family! And a happy mama is good for the family! Keep us posted!

  6. aevans1206 Says:

    I e-mailed our head of the sped department today to let her know I wouldn't be in for the rest of the week (prior commitments, yada yada yada). I'm saying goodbye to that stipend money. I also spent the morning pounding the pavement--I hit four schools, two of which were closed (summer school ended last week). I also stopped by our board of ed, dropped the resume, contacted someone in human resources and took a list of vacancies. I've been calling all afternoon. Some are filled, others are not. I guess I'll be spending tomorrow and Friday pounding the pavement again.

    The good thing Merch is that we are non-union (that's bad while working there, but good when trying to leave). They can't hold my certificate or anything like that.

    Thanks for the encouragement. Sigh. Here's to hoping I get a phonecall quick!

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