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  1. monsieurteacher

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    June always does this to me, but this June seems to be more difficult for some reason (maybe it's only because it's more fresh in my mind.)

    Staffing is slow this year. There have been major changes at the district level (three districts combining into one) and all the people from district office have been filtering their way back down to the classroom. All the best DO people have been sent back, while the duds are kept (presumably to keep them out of the classroom?)

    Anyway, I have been in this district 5 years, and still do not have a continuing contract... I have to reapply for a job every year. I have been all over the map in those five years, Resource K-5, Behaviour Intervention, Grade 3, Grade 1, Grade 2, French, Grade 4, and finally Resource 7-8.

    I have worked in four different schools, though most of my time was spent at an elementary school... I have always received positive reviews, and principals have all liked me. The problem is, there are never any positions open at the schools I have been at.

    Next year, there is a Resource job open at the school where I'm currently working. My principal wanted someone with some French, as there are a growing number of SEP's (IEP's outside our province) in French Immersion. I have been working a lot with a girl with autism in French Immersion this year... she wasn't on my list, but because I had some French, I was better able to help her with some of her French classes than the other Resource teacher, so I offered to help out.

    The job here was posted as a French Resource job, and therefore I had to apply to the French specialist. She wants someone with higher oral proficiency than me, which ticks me off because anyone with higher oral proficiency than me would be teaching French in a classroom. I talked to my principal, and he said he didn't care if they were capable of actually TEACHING French Immersion, but wanted someone with Resource experience that had some French (i.e. ME!) He told me he didn't want to screw me over by giving me a 0.7 job, and I let him know there were some other schools advertising 0.3 jobs, he said he would contact principals and try to make it work. I felt pretty good.

    Then the other shoe dropped. Resource teachers are required to have their Masters in Special Education and five years teaching experience. I have five years teaching experience, but no Masters. Essentially, they have to RE-POST the jobs to teachers that are currently in the classroom, in case they would like to go to Resource (assuming they have the qualifications.) Overall, I understand the direction they're going, and I think it's important that they have someone who knows what they're doing in these positions... however, personally, I'm a little bitter about how I finally felt safe, and that I could be in a good position for a change, and then BAM... not so much.

    I also will admit that I'm a little bitter because, I came into this position in December (two weeks before Christmas, and three weeks before my wedding...) The SEP's were a total mess. The teacher prior to me had no clue what she was doing, and the goals that were written for my students made absolutely no sense. I worked my butt off during those two weeks, so that I could be working with students right away in January. I tested students, I looked at previous test results, I decided goals, and I wrote them out. I cleaned up a BIG mess, which the people at District Office admitted it was, as did the principal. The teacher whose mess I cleaned up? She had her masters. In fact, I ended up in the hospital Dec. 23rd and 24th with a seizure, which doctors say was related to stress (caused by several factors - moving, wedding, and leaving behind a school where I had worked for over four years were other factors).

    It is highly unlikely a tenured teacher would want to go from being in the classroom to doing a 0.7 position in Resource, or even doing a full-time position in Resource split between two schools, so I don't feel like it's the worst thing in the world, but I'm not feeling super comfortable.
     
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  3. catnfiddle

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    Ugh, I'm sorry you're going through this EVERY YEAR. Take a little time this summer to focus on your health and marriage. Perhaps that will help put the rest of things into perspective. Definitely keep us in the loop, if only for a place to vent.
     
  4. monsieurteacher

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    Thanks catnfiddle... Just got another e-mail from the DO saying that the new job postings they said would be out today, won't be out until Thursday. Lovely.
     
  5. mopar

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    Oh, that's terrible! I sure hope that it works out for you and you are offered a continuing contract soon.
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    Hugs, monsieurteacher.
     
  7. Missy

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    Hoping things work out soon. So sorry you are being jerked around like this.
     
  8. MrsC

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    Hugs, monsieurteacher. I so wish that things weren't like this for you; you deserve so much more.
     
  9. monsieurteacher

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    Thanks everyone... today's our last day for students, and there's also supposed to be some more job postings made today. We'll hopefully hear about them soon.
     
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    Fingers crossed for you.
     
  11. Mellz Bellz

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    I'm sorry to hear about this Monsieur. I kind of know how you feel because I'm currently getting the run around as well. This will only be my third year, but the Sp Ed dept wanted to move me again which caused an uproar in my school since we all assumed that I would be back. It's all because I'm bottom man on the totem pole which I understand but I am definitely not the weakest link in our dept at my school. There is a possibility I may be staying full time, but as of now it's looking like a half day split between two buildings. I've expressed interest in regular Ed positions if they open up, but I've heard that they don't like moving Sp Ed teachers into general Ed because competent Sp Ed teachers are hard to find. I hate leaving Sp Ed but when I'm constantly being moved every year it's really hard to grow as an educator.

    I feel your frustration! Hopefully things will work out for the best in the end. Keep us updated!
     
  12. monsieurteacher

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    New job postings came out...

    I applied for all that I could... a grade three position, as well as a grade four position that are both contract jobs...

    Then a list of LTS jobs came out... I really don't want to return to the LTS thing, but it's better safe than sorry. (And around here, it is perfectly acceptable to leave an LTS job for a contract job if you get one later on, so it's pretty much risk free that way, at least.)

    LTS jobs that I applied for: Grade 1/2, Grade 2, Grade 2, Grade 3, Resource Teacher K-5, Resource Teacher 9-12.

    The good thing about an LTS at least is that I know there's a contract job coming up at my old school in January, so I would be available for that if worse comes to worse. As for the other jobs? I haven't heard anything, and won't expect to hear anything until Monday at least.

    45 more minutes left of this school year....
     
  13. catnfiddle

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    Kudos to you for swallowing your misgivings of LTS work and applying anyway.
     
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    Keeping my fingers crossed for you, as always, monsieurteacher!
     
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    Good luck!
     
  16. monsieurteacher

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    So, just before I headed to work, my wife told me that a co-worker saw on Facebook that the 0.7 job at my current school was taken by a friend. Meanwhile, I go in to the staff meeting and my principal is saying that job is still open. She posted two days ago that she had the job.

    I think the District Office specialist probably gave her the job, but didn't bother telling my principal. Interestingly enough, she also got an extra 0.3 at two other schools... those jobs weren't even posted.
     
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    Hugs, monsieurteacher. I really hope you get some good news soon. I can't imagine going through that roller coaster every year.
     
  18. MrsSachs

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    That's terrible! I'm so sorry you have to put up with this. It must be so nerve wracking waiting to have your contract renewed.
     
  19. monsieurteacher

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    Thanks... just as I was heading out for lunch (it's a teacher workday today) my principal told me that he would be calling District Office to get to the bottom of it, and give me a really good recommendation.

    I am exhausted today, as last night I left the grade 8 farewell event early because I got a call from my sister-in-law... my father-in-law was in the hospital because of heart problems... we were really concerned, but thankfully he is fine, and was treated very well, and was out of the hospital at 11:30 last night.

    That exhaustion has not made things easy today. I went home for lunch and called up my dad and vented... ended up bawling my eyes out.

    Then just now, my VP came in and asked me if they could keep me here, if I would stay... of course I said yes. I don't know... it's a crazy roller-coaster right now... things sound good, and then they don't, and then they do again... we'll just have to wait and see...
     
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    I'm so sorry! I'm hoping for good news for you!
     
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    Sorry, hope good news comes quickly!
     
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    So sorry. Believe me, I empathize. I hope you get some firm good news very soon.
     
  23. monsieurteacher

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    Just getting ready for my last day of work. Still very bitter about everything that happened, but trying to put it behind me. I'm quite sure at this point that my principal lost the fight. I went out with my former staff last night, and my current principal's wife works there. She told me he would have kept me if he could have.

    I am just about at the end of my rope. My wife and I decided it was time to move out of our current apartment and downsize, as we don't know what job prospects will be like for me right now, and we simply can't afford living here right now.

    I spent Saturday in the hospital with a migraine (stress-induced I'm sure...) This has just been a really up and down two weeks, and I'm definitely ready for the summer.
     
  24. MrsC

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    Hugs, monsieurteacher. I'm so sorry that you are going through this again/still. I wish there was something I could do or say. I hope that something works out. Please take care of yourself.
     
  25. monsieurteacher

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    Thanks... I just got an e-mail from a parent thanking me for working with her child. It meant a lot to me, and I really needed something like that. It's not often that Resource teachers get that sort of feedback, since we're not the "homeroom teacher" so to get that sort of thanks from a parent who was at the end of her rope when I met her (along with teachers of the child who were at the end of theirs too!) It meant a lot.
     
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    Glad you got that, monsieurteacher, and more hugs to you.
     
  27. monsieurteacher

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    So... I got a call from a former principal today. He has a 0.4 FTE job, and has been talking with another principal who has 0.4 FTE and wanted to pair it up to make a 0.8. I called the other principal to get the details, and it sounded good, so I went for it.

    Next year I will be teaching:

    Phys Ed for approximately a half day/week
    English to French Immersion students for approximately three half days/week
    Grade Three for three afternoons/week
    Grade Four for one half day/week

    Leaving me available to sub for a full day/week

    It's a little crazy, but it works!
     
  28. leighbball

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    Yay! So glad things worked out for you...although I have to say good luck keeping that schedule straight. :D Can I add you to the jobs list? :D
     
  29. monsieurteacher

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    Definitely! I was going to head over there next!
     
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    :D
     
  31. mopar

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    Wow! Good luck with that schedule!
     
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    Even though it isn't ideal, I'm so glad that something worked out for you. Will you be having to spend your lunch hours driving? Having a full day to sub (or have a day off) is great!
     
  33. Kangaroo22

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    That's great! :)
     
  34. monsieurteacher

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    The two schools aren't super far away (maybe ten minutes)... on top of that, I was at a meeting this evening non-school related and ran into a principal at a local school (to me) and he said he has a 0.1 job at his school for Music... That would be middle school in one of the tougher areas... but I have a lot of respect for this particular principal. He's not in charge of staffing for music positions, but I'm hoping he can put a good word in... I would feel comfortable teaching music, and though I haven't taught music before, I originally wanted to become a music teacher (though I changed my mind before going to University, so it's not like it's a specialty.) My hope is that they'll have a difficult time trying to find someone to come to this school one half day/week.
     
  35. YoungTeacherGuy

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    You've taught just about everything, MonsieurTeacher. I've got a lot of respect for you!
     
  36. monsieurteacher

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    Thanks so much...

    Just got a phone call from district office. The contract is ready to be signed. It's a CONTINUING contract! This means I don't have Togo through this ever again!!!
     
  37. donziejo

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    :hugs: So Happy for you:wow:
     
  38. TamiJ

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    That is so great that something worked out for you! You know exactly what you are doing next year and can plan accordingly. Congrats!
     
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    Great news that it's a continuing contract!
     
  40. mopar

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    I'm so glad it's a continuing contract. Does this mean you'll have a full-time position next year? Will you have more say in your position?
     
  41. monsieurteacher

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    I believe it will be a part time position, but I don't know what makes it up exactly... I'll find out tomorrow when I go to sign it. Next year though, I will likely have a full-time position.
     

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