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Year 4 Returning from a coma…

by admin on April 9th, 2007

I woke up this morning and I think, briefly, I felt like someone who was in a coma for a long period of time. It took awhile for me to wiggle the fingers and toes…make sure everything was working. I didn’t want to come in. Thankfully it was a minimum day…the shorter class periods allowed me to keep my sanity.

We had our softball game last week…It was a little odd seeing the people who interviewed me for my transfer, but I played it cool. I was nice, and tried to act like It never even happend. Even though in my head I had a whole slew of things I wanted to say. I’ve learned a few things though in my years alive. No matter how much I argue with someone, I’m not going to change their mind…so in this case, as with most I’m better off to just shut my mouth. In my head I know they screwed their program…and I’ll just spend the next however many years making them realize it on their own.

One of the unplanned side effects of this whole thing is that it shot my desire for the year. This put my importance level in the district in place. I always thought the district could care less about us here…and to actually really see it shining through, it stings. There is a lack of respect and appreciation in this district that starts at the top. I can’t say that I know what other districts are like, I don’t…they may be equally bad. What I do know is that in this district almost all the employees feel undervalued, and under appreciated. Even though I’ve had my name in the district newsletter 2 times the last two months, it seems shallow…and unreal. If I REALLY mattered, a card, or phone call would have been nice.

I feel appreciated here, at my school. Albeit, sometimes it seems almost forced, but in general I feel better now than I did 3 years ago about being important. 3 years ago…I wouldn’t have known. Our district constantly trying to push its image out in the public, as someplacep ositive for kids to come…and they want the educators here to play a vital role in that process…yet, they’ve crapped on us for so long, I don’t think we know how to do that. When someone asks a teacher from this district to talk about it…The first thing is always, ‘We’re getting screwed on our salaries.’ or ‘Our insurance rates are the worst ever.’

I have a friend who is telling me his continuation school may be having an opening soon..I’m not sure I want to go from one continuation school to another, although, switching districts might be nice. It’s one of those things I’d have to strongly consider if the opportunity was real.

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