When to quit

Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by lucybelle, May 26, 2014.

  1. lucybelle

    lucybelle Connoisseur

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    School has our "winter" break in July- three weeks. I'm not 100% sure but I still think we'll get our visa interview for July. We want to leave as soon as we have the visa.

    I'm trying to decide when to turn in my letter. You're supposed to give at least a month notice, but I hate my school. They never pay me on time, so why should I give them correct notice?

    Option A: Turn it in in mid-June. Give them over a month notice. Leave in pretty good terms with the school and get good recommendation letters. Get a chance to say goodbye to the students and other teachers. Not get paid for July.

    Option B: Tell them after I get paid in July (about $1200). Give them about two weeks notice. Leave on pretty bad terms, maybe not be able to get a recommendation letter from my department head. I could still get one from coworkers (though I guess that doesn't hold much weight) and another department head who doesn't work in my department. Not be able to say goodbye to kids or other teachers.

    Thoughts?
     
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  3. giraffe326

    giraffe326 Virtuoso

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    Before I even read your options, I was thinking about how your school doesn't pay you on time. I worried instantly that they'd try to not pay you. After reading your options, my opinion really didn't change since you briefly referred to that problem. So I would probably go with option B.
     
  4. swansong1

    swansong1 Virtuoso

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    You are going to need the money when you move. They are not going to like whenever you leave, so go with option B.
     
  5. TeacherNY

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    Do these people know you will be moving eventually? Try to get the recommendation letter now if they already know you are going to move at some point so you won't have to ask them about it last minute in case they are disgruntled about the short notice.
     
  6. catnfiddle

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    TeacherNY has a good solution. Get the letters now and say that the move is in the works. Hold off on the resignation until you make sure the check clears.
     
  7. lucybelle

    lucybelle Connoisseur

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    That is a good idea about getting recommendation letters now...

    I guess I could tell the lady that this year will be my last and I want to start applying for schools in the USA and could she write me a letter of rec. Then in July be like "well I'm actually leaving now...!"
     
  8. Ms. I

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    I agree w/ TeacherNY as well. I recently left a job that never paid on time either, gave me 2 bounced paychecks, PLUS I filed a wage claim against them because they still owe me $ & the amount isn't even huge. I still ended things on a good note when I actually left, but didn't want to bother asking them for any rec letter. I just filed the wage claim about 1.5 mos after I left after getting sick of getting the runaround.
     
  9. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Go with B....US schools aren't going to call Costa Rica for recommendation...you can always ask now for a letter, telling them you are planning on staying for the near future but that you are buildings portfolio for when you do eventually return to the US.
     
  10. TeacherNY

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    Did you get your $$ yet Ms.I?? I would be fuming!!
     
  11. gr3teacher

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    I'd wait until it's a 100% sure thing that you are definitely leaving. It would stink to put in a notice only for it to turn out that something happened with your paperwork that will take 6 months to sort out.
     
  12. Ms. I

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    Heck no. Today's a holiday, so I couldn't make any phone calls, but tomorrow, I'm calling to see the progress of my claim. Regarding any contact to me from the P's end, she hasn't reached out to me to say squat & she won't because I've contacted her several times in the past via a few methods (direct text to her cell, email, & regular phone) & she never got back to me. She knows I've been trying to reach her. I know she's hoping I'll just forget about it.
     
  13. Proud2BATeacher

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    Don't say anything until you get PAID!
     
  14. gr3teacher

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    She's hoping you'll just forget that she owes you money for working? LOL
     

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