I am shared btwn school also. In 2 yrs my dept chair retires and I may try a
leteral transfer - but it would be to the middle school- not sure about if
I'd like that; it's the only age group I haven't worked with. I do however
have my own roomin my ele, a very supportive principal who allots me a very
generous budget and basically lets me do my own thing.....so , I am hesitant
to leave even though it would mean not having to do all the "extras" of ele-
play scenery, programs, decorations, pta help, etc.....
anyhow, I got 4 new letters of rec this yr and reopened my placement folder.
THere really aren't any openings where I am,; so I'm just "liining my ducks
up" so that if something great comes along I'll be ready. Still have to redo
my lesson plans and photos for interviews, my portfolio....Not particularly
looking ot go thru the tenure process again, the whole "fitting in" thing
again; and losing my seniority. In 4 rs half my dept will be gone ! Next yr
will be my 8th....so salary steps are coming into consideration as well.
Just my thoughts
Christine in Binghamton