I don't know how to go on..

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  1. freespirit71

    freespirit71 New Member

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    I am new to private preschool but experienced with public elementary school teaching.. My current "school" is run by a church governing board of @ 15 people. I essentially have 15 bosses. My assistant walked off the job 2 weeks ago. She and I fought for control of the class since the first day, even though I am the head teacher/administrator. It finally came to a head between us and she left. Now I have a revolving door of board members covering her spot until a new assistant can be hired. In the last week, not only did I lose my assistant but the board members have come in and changed my schedule completely, changed my curriculum, got rid of the expensive Christmas program I bought with my own money, and rearranged my room while I was out. They have told me to do my newsletters daily instead of weekly, changed the actual calendar for the year, told me what I have to say verbatim to parents every day, and stopped the assessments I was running with the kids. Since my assistant left, board members have been teaching my class while I have been relegated to aide duties. Yesterday I could hardly function from being so overwhelmed and depressed, on top of trying to recover from the flu. I cried all weekend. My husband is so sick of my job. I told a board member I am thinking about putting my notice in (2 months required by my contract). I don't know how to make it through to Christmas not to mention the year. The bottom line is like the moral about "too many cooks spoiling the soup". I can't imagine subbing for a public school teacher (as I have done in the past) and completely changing her daily schedule, curriculum, year calendar, assessments, newsletter, and music program literally overnight. In the public school, as a sub, I would be fired for doing that...but this obviously isn't public school. I told a board member that all of these changes should have been in place when I got hired in August or put in place over winter break. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you.
     
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  3. TeacherNY

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    Sounds like the soup is already spoiled. If it's financially feasible, get out. From what I've heard, church run anything is the worst unless you're in the "in" crowd.
     
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    There is no reason that would make me tolerate this situation another minute. They don't deserve all your hard work and energy. Get out and save your sanity.
     
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    What can they do to you if you don't give 2 months notice? Absolutely nothing. That is ridiculous. I agree with your husband. Get out now and find a real job.
     
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    Husbands are good indicators. When mine started emailing me nearby job listings, I knew it was probably time to look for something else. ;) This sounds like an untenable situation. I agree with everyone else. Get out as soon as you can. It's not worth your health, happiness, or peace of mind.
     
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    Thank you for your supportive replies. Here's another example of what I'm dealing with...last night I had a board meeting. (They have a lot of board meetings. I am required to attend.) I was told the meeting was about creating an advertisement for a new aide, and they needed my input on what the aide job description should entail. However, when I got there, the meeting was to discuss my job performance and if I planned to stay through the rest of the year as they were aware that I was not happy. I felt ambushed. I wish they would have been up front about what the meeting was actually about so I had to think about what to say. This is how things work there. I told them that I felt there needed to be more transparency between the board and the staff. They didnt like that remark.
    I am going to have to stick it out the rest of the year, but then I will leave whether I find a new job or not. It is so hard to wake up and face another day there, but I have to do it. Thank you again. Please wish me luck.
     
  8. TeacherNY

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    That's ridiculous. They seem like very nasty people! I would have kept asking about the aide advertisement. Again and again until they discussed what they promised they were going to discuss.
     
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    It sounds to me like they are trying to get you to quit. They've taken over your room, essentially made you the aide, and had a meeting about your intentions. If you can find another job, I would leave. They will just continue to make you miserable until then.
     
  10. Mr Magoo

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    If they want to Teach the class, let them and hide out in the Teachers lounge.

    Just my 2 Cents

    Worth every penny that you paid for it.
     
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