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moral support, job change


Date: Tue Jun 18 2002 - 06:36:05 PDT

Hey Everybody,

It's been a long long time since I've posted anything here. I am switching
jobs next year and could use a bit of moral support. I've been teaching high
school for 7 years I've taught pre-K3 through 12th. Five mornings were at the
high school where I've been in charge of the YEARBOOK and afternoons at the
elementary. With a new principal who doesn't like anything to be "messy" and
a terribly small budget, and low enrollment - reeling from a school scandal,
I decided to "give up the ghost", forego my dream of a full time art program
at the high school and do two elementary schools. This means a serious cut in
pay but I'm imagining I'll have a life outside of school by making this
choice. The yearbook was a ton of fun in its own way, but sooooo time
consuming. Giving up the dream of being full time at the high school isn't
easy, but I have a fine arts background and found it difficult to be locked
into the documentary life. The new principal, a very conservative nun, was
dead set on my taking the place of the retireing photography teacher so that
my yearbook duties would increase rather than diminish. Anybody out there
have to make tough, seemingly impossible compromises for the sake of sanity?
Everyone, maybe?