Wednesday, November 12, 2008

on my mind

Another scary email from our boss today. I don't think I'm on the first-to-go list, but I am not foolish enough to think my program is not expendable. I haven't updated my resume yet, but moments of panic are creeping in. Let's hope it doesn't go any further than that.


hoyden said...

That sucks. I know what it's like to get the proverbial pink slip. Nothing says to a teacher (especially an ignored, red-headed step-child new teacher) who is already struggling with classroom problems centered around genuinely troubled youth, "We really don't care about you" like getting laid off.

(Hah! My security word is "conan"!)

Wendy said...


I can relate to those feelings - not from getting those kinds of emails myself, but because Eric's job has been kind of "wobbly" for the past several years. In fact, a couple of years ago, he didn't get a regular paycheck for, something like, four months. It was tough, considering my "job" is part-time (at best) and is currently used to pay for classes for the girls. Otherwise, I might as well not even have a job.

For as long as I've known you, you've always landed on your feet :), and I've always admired that about you. Hang in there!

rach :) said...

Thanks Wendy-- while I'm certainly worried about me and my family being impacted, I know we'll figure it out. Ultimately, though, I worry about what will happen to kids if this program gets cut.

Like I indicated, I don't think we'll be cut this year. But, if the State continually tells ALL departments to cut by 10%, I'm not foolish enough to think they won't consider getting rid of me over a 6th grade teacher. Honestly, I don't teach a required program-- they could go to back to reg ed. Most wouldn't, but they could.

Wendy said...

And that would be a real shame, I think. It sounds like what you do for those kids is so much more than a "regular" teacher can do, and having been a "regular" teacher, I know, first hand, how difficult it is to give the kids who most need it, the attention they need, while catering to the rest of the class, too. It's just not a good mix. We need both ..., but what we don't need, in my opinion, is more textbooks (hello? In-ter-net!), more busses, and new band uniforms. I'm sure the band would sound just as snazzy in jeans and tee-shirts. You know?