career suicide?

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  1. teachart

    teachart Comrade

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    I'm a first year teacher that moved to get my job.

    Although I have done well and received glowing evaluations, my cooperating teacher from student teaching told me she was going to retire and I decided to be honest with my P and tell her that I planned to apply, even though I loved my job. I work in a SMALL TOWN where everyone knows everything and I wanted to be the one to tell her, rather than wait.

    Well that was in March and since then it's gone down hill. I feel very much that the community has ostracized me and other teachers try to intentionally get me in trouble. For example, I travel to another school at 9:50 and had teachers go to the principal that I was leaving early. Not only would I NEVER do that, but I get to school earlier than everyone to do prep. They were saying they felt I did't care about my job.

    Because of what's been happening, I'm definitely going to apply to any opening that would get me out of here.

    What I'm worried is that there haven't been postings, (my coops position hasn't even been posted yet.)

    In my year end meeting with my Principal, she said that many people felt like I wasn't committed to my job. It made me cry because nothing could be further from the truth. My students love me, we do great work, and I spend hours after school uploading their work to Artsonia, running art clubs, I have brought in guest artists for free, and have done fundraisers (since I don't have a budget.)

    The letter of recommendation from my P was about 3 sentences long, and while positive, leaves me to believe that if I don't get another job and stay at the school next year, I will get a negative evaluation because they know I will be leaving.


    It kills me because I'm an over achiever, put in so much time, and have done WELL! I'm friendly and likeable but have been treated like the "outsider" in this little small town.


    Short story: Would it be worse to sub next year if I can't find another position, or to stay in my position and risk getting a negative evaluation?


    Edited to add : I started graduate school this month to add a reading specialist endorsement to my certificate and I will finish the program a year from this July. I will most likely look for jobs as a reading specialist instead of as an art teacher, unless I could find a district willing to let me integrate the two (my current district told me they would let me integrate art and reading when I interviewed, but now my P says that reading is not in my curriculum and I am not allowed to attend any literacy workshops with the other teachers even when I offered to pay)
     
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  3. giraffe326

    giraffe326 Virtuoso

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    Regarding openings- things have been S-L-O-W. Very slow. I know there is a bill regarding per pupil spending and a few of my friends and I are assuming hiring is waiting on that. There is also the issue with the Smarter Balance test and the fact that very few districts have the technology to support it. The only bright side is that districts in my (yours for now!) county didn't do any mass layoffs this year. Well, except for the one that lays off every year.

    As for subbing- it worked out pretty well for me. That is a big decision. :hugs:
     
  4. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    I wish I knew what to tell you. From what I've seen, it's really hard to come back from that sort of hit to your reputation. I think that you might have no other option but to look elsewhere, which may or may not include your cooperating teacher's position.

    If nothing else, take this as a lesson learned to never talk to admin about job-changing what-ifs until they become sure-things or at least definitely-maybes. You might have shot your reputation in the foot for nothing. :(

    (ETA: I do think that in most cases you should talk to admin about a possible job change at some point before it happens, especially if your new employer will be calling your current admin about you. You never want your admin to be surprised by that sort of phone call. Still, don't show your hand about a job change until you are really confident that one will likely happen. Even some admins that are usually supportive and kind can turn on you in a split second. I've seen it myself. It's ugly.)
     
  5. teachart

    teachart Comrade

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    Thanks!
    I bet that's it giraffe - it will be interesting to see how that plays out. Luckily I was trained on smarter balanced assessments when I was student teaching :)

    I should add that no one has stayed in my position for more than 2 years. If I leave, my current 4th graders will have had 4 art teachers in the 6 years of elementary school.

    So at least I'm not the only one having a tough time in the position.
     
  6. ktmiller222

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    That sucks. You can't go back to the past but you should never tell your boss/supervisor/principal that you are applying to other jobs. That does tell them you are not committed (even though you probably are committed). It's more of an insult to them that you told them you had other plans. Usually people keep quiet until they are already hired somewhere else. I don't know what you should do. Follow your gut instinct. Good luck!
     
  7. waterfall

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    I have personally always wondered how teachers who are subbing get current references, since you're not working in one place all the time and you don't have a specific principal, team, or department that you work with. That would be a concern for me If I were to sub for a year and then try to look for a job the next year. If it were me, I'd stay in your current teaching position since I think it would look better on your resume and you'd have updated references. You know your P best, so you can decide if this will work, but I might try to sit down and talk with her about the reasons why you are looking (which will have NOTHING to do with the school, make sure to go on and on about how you LOVE the school and this is a decision for other personal reasons) and tell her that you want to clarify that you're still dedicated to your current position. In my area, you have to list your current P as a reference (they won't even let you turn in the application without it) so not telling until you're hired elsewhere wouldn't work.
     
  8. tonysam

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    Letters of reference are my big problem now. The online apps won't even let me apply without them.
     

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