(Closed) Wedding in 28 days – Fired today from teaching

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m a teacher too, and was excessed last June due to budget cuts. I thought about changing fields very seriously, and was going to go back to school for a 2nd Masters, in Mental Health Counseling. My currect teaching position fell into my lap about 2 months ago, and it’s been great so far. I’d recommend staying away from charter schools and trying to get into a public school. The unions are usually pretty strong and nonsense what like happened to you doesn’t happen as much. I’m so sorry for your situation, it’s terrible. What state are you in? Charter schools here have the worst rep for being too political and having really high turnover rates. If I were you, I’d look into maybe starting out as a leave replacement or something in a local public school…You wouldn’t be putting in 12 hour days. Are you sure you want to be done teaching?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It’s hard to read this sort of thing from someone who has gone through so much schooling and taken a HUGE effort in making a difference, and will certainly never get rich off of it. I tip my hat to you for taking a position that most wouldn’t, and knowing that there will be struggles.

It’s messed up they aren’t giving you a reason, I mean was it because of downsizing? performance? How hard that must be for you. I would try to dig into the reason, obviously you can apply for unemployment and it would be accepted especially if it isn’t something you did. But from your post, I’m thinking that isn’t your concern.

I will keep you in my thoughts, remember some of these things happen for a reason. You may not understand it now, but there may be something better for you, your talent and your big heart ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I lost my teaching job last year because my district decided to cut my program to “save money” (I’m a music teacher).  I’ve since found out they wanted to start a soccer program at my school so they got rid of the music program to fund that.  As much as it sucked to lose my job, I wouldn’t want to stay in a district that cares so little about the fine arts.

 

I’m currently not teaching as music jobs have become almost impossible to find (at least full time).  I got a great job in the insurance field and right now I’m enjoying it.  If you really want to take a break from teaching, I suggest a temp agency.  I temped for about 3 months full time until I was hired on where I am now.  It’s a great way to get experience in another career field.

 

I was very “I quit!  This sucks” mentality after I lost my job and thought I’d be done teaching forever too, but I really do miss it.  I’m considering going back and getting a Masters in Elementary Ed or something and not teaching music anymore, but I’m torn.

 

Don’t give it up if it’s something you love!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Oh, I’m so sorry. The timing of this could not have been worse.  I don’t believe he said you were crap.  When will you know the reasons behind your firing?

I’m a former teacher but now I’m a project manager.  I think you can go into a different field if that is what you think you want.  Take some time to think it over though.  It’s an upsetting time and you don’t want to make any permanent decisions.  If you like teaching/education stick with it.  Sometimes I wish that I had. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

How can they not tell you why you got fired? That’s insane. I am so sorry. I was a teacher in a past life and got let go and boy did it hurt. Things get better, I am way happier now than I ever was before. I really do hope you find something that makes you happy.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

You mom is right!

I’m so sorry. My best advice is to just take some down time and enjoy your wedding! Worry about what you want to do with your life after, then you can get serious!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

No wisdom for you but my sympathies and best wishes are going your way.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@hisprettygirl:  I’m so sorry, this is the reason why I’m so terrified to finish my education degree! ๐Ÿ™ my Fiance is a teacher and was not renewed for next year. His first job where he was a year away from tenure, he was laid off due to budget cuts, and then he found a leave replacement job, and we really thought this one was the one. He was teaching elementary and realized it didn’t suit him (thank goodness he feels the same way) I know the education field isn’t all sunshine and butterflies right now, but I don’t think you should give up either… keep working at it, there will be a school of kids who need you for many many years! And your mom was right =P

 

@AriaAmante:  my Fiance is also a music teacher! He taught HS chorus, MS chorus and elementary general music. He was also not renewed for next year in the elementary school and has now been in 4 schools in 4 years. (two of those were same district though) His first district he was laid off due to cuts, and they took a lot of that position away anyway. It’s so sad that our officials don’t see how those kids need the arts in their lives and how it helps them connect to other things.. as shown in this poster I found for my Fiance:

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am so sorry. It must be quite a shock, and right before you’re wedding, I’m sure you must have other things to worry about!

If they didn’t give you any indication of performance before this,  I wonder if that has anything to do with this. If you were really poor at teaching wouldn’t they have noticed, or said something? I’m guessing its just about the contract or something else.

As a teacher, you have shown you are good at handling stress, working long hours, meeting deadlines, thinking on your feet, communication, public speaking, dealing with office politics, working with diverse groups of people in both age and personality, critical thinking and so much more. There are many employers woho would love to have someone like you! If you don’t go into another teaching role I’m sure you can find another position you enjoy. Good luck to you!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m so sorry this happened. I may be wrong, but would the public arena not be more stable because of the possibility of tenure (or does your state not offer tenure)? I’m a senior in an education program, and this is exactly what I fear. Although I’m not entirely on board with everything tenure does (allows some teachers to become complacent), I will do everything in my power to become tenured in order to prevent exactly this (being discharged on a whim). I wish you the best of luck in finding a new job in whatever field you decide to pursue. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012


I’m so sorry, I can’t imagine how awful you must feel right now!  Though I’m sure it doesn’t feel like it, life will pick up and you’ll be okay- at the very least you can spend July and August looking for work.  

I don’t know what state you’re in, but you should get into teaching in a public school.  At least in Illinois, if they decide to let you go prior to tenure for performance reasons (which, of course, they can very easily do), they have to let you know prior to the end of the school year (in my district it’s in March), so that people have time to attempt to line up new jobs.  They also give you performance evaluations (which are required, but the number of observations and reporting procedures vary by district), so that you have constructive feedback.  And of course, once you’re tenured, they can’t fire you without due process.  A charter school will get rid of you the minute they don’t fit their mold (most of them adhere to trendy philosophies that change quickly), or become too expensive.

Charter schools are a racket politicians are pushing heavily because they save of money by essentially privatizing schools in practice if not in name, then not allowing for unions.

The fact that your boss is willing to write you a letter of recommendation is a good sign. Were it something egregious, s/he wouldn’t. One of the teachers in my department was let go this year due to my monster of a boss.  HR told her that she would receive glowing recommendations from the school, since they understood she was in a tough spot.  This sounds like your situation.

If you decide to go back into teaching (I think you should, the first four years or so are SO HARD and mentally draining; they make even the best teachers question themselves!), emphasize to schools that you interview with that your job was a learning process, and that you feel you’ve improved in tangible ways , i.e. show student work, get letters of rec from any colleagues you collaborated with, put together a reasearch portfolio of sorts…  While your school might not have thought you a good fit for their needs for whatever reason, there are so many others out there that could be. 

Who observed you this year?  Do you get any sort of observation report after?  I’d look back on those, as well as possibly ask the people who observed you what they feel you could work on.  I realize it’s late in the year, but showing you’re dedicated and looking for direction (even if you don’t feel you need it- fake it!) really does pay off- while somebody might have thought you needed to be let go, somebody else could see your earnest efforts and put a bug in the ear of an administrator in another school.

Good luck!  And also, congrats, you’re getting married! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

I am a public school teacher for about nine years now, and traditionally I stayed away from charters because they didn’t have union protection (at least in my area).

But with the way things are going now, nobody is safe anymore, whether you teach at public, private or charter. My state’s lawmakers recently overhauled our evaluation system and fixed it so that with one bad evaluation (which is based on SUBJECTIVE criteria and observations, i.e. subject to mistakes and errors by the administrator visiting your room unannounced), almost everyone is one step away from being booted out at any given time.

Just one year ago I loved teaching and saw myself staying happy in this career for many years to come.

Now I — and every other teacher I know — can’t wait to get out. I am within 10 years of retirement, so I’m going to try to tough it out. That is, unless they can me for some random, unexplained reason, as has happened to you.

๐Ÿ™

I know it really stinks that this has happened so close to your wedding, and especially after you gave 100% — but to be honest, when I read the first couple of lines of your post, all I could think was: “Congratulations on getting out of a profession that is going downhill fast.”

Put another way: you just jumped off the Titanic and into a lifeboat.

You will figure this out, and this too shall pass.

As for next step careers for former teachers? Have you ever thought of going into corporate training and development? HR types of jobs? Jobs in which you could train employees on new software or procedures? Companies pay big bucks to people who have good communication and organization skills… perhaps you could parlay your experience into a field that will involve teaching outside of the classroom, so to speak.

 

In the meantime, enjoy your $80 shoes, LOL… once you get over this hump, you will probably land in a much nicer place than your old charter school.

Hang in there!

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