Post # 31
I’ve been teaching for three years and it’s still a huge struggle to get it all done, luckily my Fiance is a teacher as well so she is really able to support me.
Working in the private sector definitely has it’s disadvantages because you’re probably not unionized, if you had a union I would would say speak with them because they will have your back for sure.
Goodluck and I’m with everyone else, it’s not worth the stress on your body (which ultimately will results in stress on your mind if not already)… I think this isn’t a good fit for you as a profession and would suggest finding something more managable if admin isn’t supportive and willing to work with you.
Post # 32
Unfortunately, if you are working in a private or charter school, you are most likely an ‘at-will’ employee and not protected by a contract. As such, your rights may not be as black and white as a public school teacher. I have taught for almost 20 years in both sectors and you are far more protected as a public teacher. That being said you need to have a very forthright discussion with your principal about how your disease affects you. Do you have a list of job duties? Are they adding more than what was listed? I’m not sure what you mean by the fact that you think they are trying to punish you by making you grade and enter grades. That’s a normal responsibility of a teacher. But if you are expected to do things outside the normal scope of your duties, you need to address it.A lot of teachers work very long hours with very short lunches and without daily planning periods. It’s a grueling job. I teach a foreign language and have four to five preps, twenty minute lunches and I do not get a planning period every day. But, when I had a miscarriage and was out for over a month due to complications from the surgeries, my private school was extremely accommodating and worked with me so that I be out on FMLA. I think most of that was due to the fact that I stressed I would be doing everything I could upon my return to do everything expected of me. I think you need to speak to your principal about your condition and layout what you need for them to do to help you, bearing in mind you need to be positive about being able to keep up your duties as best as you can. No job is worth your health, though. If you think it won’t work out, you should probably start looking for another job. The upside of being ‘at-will’, is that you are not contractually obligated to finish out the year. Best of luck to you either way!
Post # 33
oneofthesethings: don’t patronize me. Where I come from they bloody well are!!! Don’t assume everyone on here is American! Far out!!
Post # 34
Littlecessna150: I certainly don’t assume everyone on here is American. And I don’t assume that anyone is covered by a union, especially at a private or charter school.
Post # 35
kikilo: HA! Actually it’s a line that Julia Roberts says in “My Best Friend’s Wedding” about Cameron Diaz – “Dear, sweet, chocolate-covered Kimmie . . .” My friend and I say it all the time 😉
Post # 36
oneofthesethings: Once again cut the patronizing BS. I am a actually a teacher in the private system in Australia- and where I COME FROM they are 110%. I don’t assume, I know.
Post # 37
Just cutting in and ignoring the argument above me to say that this seems like a really stressful situation for you, and if stress increases your symptoms I would recommend that you consider seeing a therapist that would be able to give you stress coping techniques as well as joining a support group. Mental wellness is surprisingly important in maintaining physical wellness.
Post # 38
I quit. They weren’t willing to work with me. And the principle was cold and acted like I just asked for 100k salary.
Post # 39
Never underestimate the damage stress can do to you, both physically & mentally. I regret not quitting my last job sooner because for $30k a year, it wasn’t even worth getting that sick over.
Can you quit and find part time work so you can focus on your health??