- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
I’ve read a lot of wonderful posts by teachers on here, and I love the support and community, so I thought I’d turn here for a bit of a sad problem. I can’t bear to use my real name, so here I am – just believe me when I say I love my WeddingBee daily!
Okay. Deep breath. Please – don’t judge or be snarky. We’re all human.
I am a great teacher (not currently working, just focusing on school), with a great GPA in my MEd. program, and I did a dumb thing. I got a misdemeanor for reckless driving. I don’t want to act as if what I did wasn’t dangerous, but I also want to put it out there that I feel that almost anyone could potentially get one of these – at least, in my state, you can get a misdemeanor reckless driving for failing to signal, for instance.
Of course, in a job interview, if it ever comes up, I know that the only appropriate thing to do is to show remorse. And I have felt remorse; I feel horrible that I was so careless, and since that time (2 years ago) I have had absolutely no traffic violations, not even the tiniest one.
I wish that someone had written a real investigative article about this, but so far, I just have strangers from the internet. I trust my WeddingBee girls more than any other strangers!
There are so many opinions out there by people who think they kind of know what’s going on with misdemeanors and teaching, but their “I think it shouldn’t matter” isn’t giving me much peace. Or there are people with moral ideas that lead them to say things like “You can’t get hired as a teacher,” without basing it on facts. I have also read about people saying that they’re discouraged by hiring principals saying, “We don’t hire people with misdemeanors, period, get out,” but with no follow-up as to whether eventually they prevailed. I have all kinds of information about laws and expungements, interviewing tips, and so forth, so what I’m hoping to find are real stories.
What I’m hoping to hear from some teachers, or friends and family of teachers, is whether or not it’s possible to teach with a misdemeanor conviction. Do any of you know anyone, even yourselves (you can just say it’s someone you know) who has a misdemeanor and who is a teacher in either a public or a private school? Or, do you know someone who tried to be a teacher with a misdemeanor and was routinely rejected and gave up? Are any of you principals or directors of schools? Would you hire an outstanding applicant with a misdemeanor traffic offense if she had a squeaky record otherwise?
Thanks so much, bees. I have sobbed over this for many days straight. The past two years I thought that it couldn’t possibly affect things so much, but after reading a random article in the paper, I researched and it turned my world upside down.