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Re: Multiple Schools

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From: Andrea Dunmire (artshui_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jul 10 2001 - 12:17:29 PDT


Elissa wrote:
HELP! I have been working for the same school system for the past 5 years.
The first 3 years, I worked in 4 schools. For the last 2, I have worked in
3...an improvement, but still not 1. I feel like a teacher without a
home....... All I wish for is to work in one school. Does anyone else out
there find themselves in the same situation? Or have been in the situation
in the past? Help, I really need some advice on how to get out of this
rut!!

Elissa,
I have been employed by the same school system for 23 years, 18 of which I
spent going between 2 or 3 schools. I agree, there is nothing like being
based in one place- but it is important to stay positive and to try to keep
in your mind's forefront that the kids are really looking forward to
spending time with you even though your situation is far from perfect. I am
telling you this very obvious bit of information because, having been in the
thick of it, it is easy to let your spirits be pulled down by the everyday
drudgery of schlepping your body and your stuff from place to place; having
classes waiting for you at the art room door as you arrive; attempting to
stay in control as you frantically reach for supplies only to discover that
they are not where you thought because others have used the room in your
absence, etc., etc., etc.
It is tough, no doubt, but you must reach a point, as did I, that you decide
that you have to make the best of a bad situation and just go day to day.
It seems when I reached this mindset, it wasn't long afterwards that my
current 1 school position opened up due to increased enrollment. (Such an
increase that I am now one of 3 art specialists at my school!)

Best advice I can give you is to buck up and live for the day to day stuff
and eventually a change will come. Life is like that.

;-) Andrea in Pa.

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