(Closed) FI may be losing his job, totally devastated..long

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I am so sorry to hear that.  I hope that labor relations gets back to him and clears things up.  The fact that two other teachers like him have been terminated does sound odd.  ((HUGS)) in the meantime.  Keep us posted!!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

So sorry to hear this, but try to think positive thoughts.  If he does get terminated, there is always something better waiting around the corner.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yikes, thats so scary! I’m sorry you both have to be worrying about this. Look at the bright side, maybe because they are notifying him so late, they DO want him back and will just put him on probabtion? Either way GOOD LUCK!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m sorry to hear that you are going through this!  Is there any way that you could get by on what you make with his un-employment benefits long enough for you to get your advanced license before you have to move?  I really hope things work out for you… keep us posted.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

I’m so sorry.  Also, would a long distance relationship be an option if he did have to move back in with his parents until you could get your license?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I can relate, I’ve lost TWO JOBS IN ONE YEAR.  I have like no confidence in landing a job that will actually have a future.  Hang in there, it’s rough but you guys can make it through together…

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@missjenna81:

Hey Jenna,

I’m a teacher in NC – and despite all the craziness here, I can’t believe that is happening to your Fiance. Your first option is the labor board (we have NCAE here since we aren’t in a union state – you basically get an arbitrator to help you). Also, the same arguments that you just vented here should be your voice to his principal – why was your FI’s termination process so different from everyone else’s? This seems like a last minute decision to me (maybe the school realized it would be cheaper to higher a new teacher than to keep him on?). How was his relationship with his principal previously? I know it sounds trite, but does his principal have an “open door” policy? Could your Fiance just go in and ask him where this decision is coming from (trust me, I understand pulbic school politics so this isn’t always possible). Was this the principal’s decision or was this mandated by central office (the district?)

Some options to look into in case he can’t retain his position:  look into online programs – there are tons! I’m doing that now, and I LOVE it!! It’s fun! We have a virtual public high school – same standard course of study, just online. Also look into local districts (duh – I’m sure you’ve already done this), or the local community college – they may have “adult high school” classes, which again, he’d be teaching the exact same courses, just to adults – and you don’t have to deal with the typical discipline problems. (this is assuming he teaches high school). There’s also private businesses like Sylvan or Kaplan, daycare programs who may be looking for educators, charter schools, and private tutoring. He might also be able to work with mentally handicapped people, both adults and children. Hope some of that helped!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

We are in similar positions. Fiance could not find a job anywhere after graduating with his teaching degree & a special ed certification 2 years ago. So we went abroad! We taught English in Korea and it was the best year of our lives! Travelled to 10 countries and saved around $20,000. I don’t know if this is something you or Fiance would consider…

We came back about 2 months ago. I landed a job in Colorado (we’re living in NY) and Fiance has gotten no calls back in response to his resume that he has sent to several different states. We’re hoping he can do subbing once we get to CO. Is subbing an option for your Fiance if no full-time positions are available?

If you are willing to travel…there would be much more possibilities. If not, things will be difficult. It’s a tough market for teachers… 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@missjenna81:

there is some good news to this: I had a friend who came from a school that had a horrifying principal also. When she interviewed for another school (not even in the same district) her previous principal’s reputation was SO BAD and so well known, that the other school hired her on the spot and basically welcomed her with open arms since she had endure so much terror under her old principal. Her knew principal literally told her how bad he felt for her for having to work under such conditions, and told her if there was ANYTHING she needed, he’d personally see to it that she’d get it.

The reason they are not outright firing him, and calling a hearing is to give him the opportunity to defend himself (at least, that is the purpose of a hearing). This is his chance to fight for his job (if he still wants to…). He should argue that he was not observed regularly, and that he had not been receiving appropriate feedback on his progress. How is he to know he was doing poorly if nobody bothered to address it unti now? Are the standards by which he was observed made available to him (the teacher evaluation instrument)? Was he first put on an action plan and given the opportunity to correct himself in the first place? Something that might help him at his meeting is to bring sample lessons that meet the requirements from EACH standard from the standard course of study, and to bring samples of student work if possible (I understand that he probably doesn’t have A LOT of samples, but most teachers will hang on to a few as an example for other students). If he can PROVE that he was doing his job (or at least focus on what he was doing well) it might sway the board during his hearing.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Sorry to hear that you are going through this.  Try to stay strong through all of this.  I will keep you both in my prayers.

 

 

“I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me”

Philippians 4:13

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This is so unfortunate – I am also a teacher and have become frustrated by public school politics in general. I recently relocated, albeit in the same state, and after a successful 2 years at my last district, equipped with excellent recommendations, I am unable to even get an interview in my new city!! It’s a crazy profession! If he is indeed being let go because of a financial issue within the district, could he maybe request a salary reduction? He could agree to work at an entry-level salary, and work on the “personal improvement” thing. Losing a few K would be better than losing a job altogether. (And hey, it sucks but I rely on retail for supplemental income…it helps!) I personally think it’s ridiculous that he had no warning whatsoever and no previous unsatisfactory observations – he really needs to get the union or labor force involved; if he is to be dismissed, he should have had the same chance at “improvement” as the other teachers in this position. It’s really awful when a principal develops a “god complex” and seems to enjoy playing with others’ lives, instead of worrying about what’s best for the students, which is really what educators should be all about in the first place!

Good luck to you!!!

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