Alright, so let me start by apologizing for going MIA, acting like I was back, then disappearing again. I definitely piled too many things at once, but I FINISHED MY MASTERS IN JUST 12 MONTHS! So, there’s that…lol. There was a lot that went into my break, though.
For starters, I was getting beat up day in and day out last year by students with no repercussions. I know I’ve talked about this before, but I was ready to quit. I thought about switching to an ESL position, but ultimately I chose to stay, because I had a badass partner and wanted a year that didn’t feel like I was relearning my job.
This year…mostly is going better. Unfortunately, with a new superintendent, all of our African American principals walked. This was all of our elementary principals. We all loved and miss Mr. P, but he was admittedly checked out. Just think about how he handled me getting beat up every day. The superintendent essentially admitted none of the new principal hires were first choices, which was frustrating to hear. Mrs. D…lets just say shes tough.
She has consistently asked something new of us each week, with out time to figure out what we are actually doing. We have all dropped the ball numerous times because we can’t keep up with the new changes and expectations. Is it all to make us better? Yes. Could it be spread out more? Yes. HOWEVER…she does NOT respond to emails, she UNavailable, and REPEATEDLY contradicts herself or goes back on her word.
More you ask? Okay. First of all, she told a teacher something a few weeks ago (with another teacher in the office who over heard the entire conversation), a few days later tells an involved parent the EXACT OPPOSITE thing. So who looks bad? We teachers do. She took 2+ weeks to do everyone’s post-eval meeting…completely skipping some people. Yea…Shit Show.
We’ve also had a…pest problem this year. Mouse in a teacher’s desk, cockroaches in the main building and the portables, bed bug epidemic….you name it. Mrs. D found a cockroach in her desk…mind you…we see them at least weekly out in the portables. She REFUSED to go into her office for a week after that. IF WE refused to teach in our rooms because we saw a cockroach…SHE WOULD NOT HAVE IT! I’ve noticed that for someone in their 40s, she is quite immature.
Now don’t get me wrong, just talking to her as a person, I like her. She can be real, and sometimes quite relatable. However as a boss, I think she is overbearing, micromanaging, unavailable, and unfair. This has honestly made this year really hard on everyone. Most of us just look forward to her leaving. We don’t see her staying for more than another year, if they even ask for her to come back. Not everyone held out though. My partner left just a few weeks ago for bigger and better things.
Everyone has been checking in on me because in the words of our kindergarten teacher, “you guys just clicked. You were like sisters.” This was so true too. She was old enough to be my mom, but we clicked better than you can ever expect to click with a work partner. So that has been sad, and were still waiting on her replacement. We have a permanent sub in for one of our enrichment classes, because we weren’t able to hire a 3rd grade teacher still. It’s been overly frustrating with teacher shortages (now 2 long term subs), turn over of support staff (paras, security, lunch aides, ect), and terrible unsafe working conditions.
If things don’t start looking up for next year…I may be moving. I don’t want to, but for my sanity, and my safety, I may need to.
I apologize for this being so long, but I needed to get this out, and set the stage for what is inevitable to come. This weekend I will share some fun quotes I have gathers from my kids to bring us back to a lighter tone!
I love you all, and I’ve missed you, but I’m back betches.