Teaching is the one thing I love the most or have loved since I am in forced retirement. After reading, listening to, and seeing what the world is coming to I hate leaving and or going back.
irst, I really miss
teaching and mentoring student teachers get ready for their turn in the pit. I
have so many very fond memories of student teachers in the past; even good
memories of the ones that turned out to be bad both in my class and in their
Over the years I have
more that two dozen STs and only one bad one and I still remember her fondly.
Most of my STs were female but there were a few males and several of them have
moved on up the ladder to APs or Principals. I never did nor even want to move
up. I was happy right where I was.
Over the years I worked
in the 'salt mines' of teaching while others moved up. I was two classes short
of getting supervision certification but never went on to get it because I knew
it would mean might be 'tempted' to leave the classroom. So, there I
worked with all those who had future dreams of moving up.
I kept on till I had
my mini stroke, a TIA -transient ischemic attack- and I had to medically
retire. But my brain still works just fine and I am still writing lessons,
working with teachers, and dreaming of subbing which I know is not going to
happen, but I can still "dream" can't I?
When I formerly
retired from a job I loved it was because my wife retired so I wanted
to retire with her - stupid mistake. Within a week I was looking for
another job and found one or it found me. A friend at the local Episcopal
school and I talked about a part time job teaching 8th grade history. I went
for an interview that afternoon and had the job when I left. The job turned out
to be a 'good' job from my perspective but after two years I was let go. No one
has ever told me why.
After being released
I contacted the local charter school and go the job after just one short
interview. I knew the principal and she knew me and 'my work style and ethics'
and began my summer of prep work for teaching in the charter school.
After weeks of prep
with other 'new' teachers we were told by the principal that "our
employment could be terminated before 90 days if they did not see that we were
going to fit the charter mold…no questions asked". But she also told
us that before 90 days we could leave the job… no questions asked. I did leave
before 30 days was up.
The charter school
stories have all been lies and ....