I personally created this blog and made my own personal commitment to write here. I don't have any great excuses as to why I'm a wee bit behind. But, I do have a great explanation.
A little over a month ago my school, where I have taught for four years, foreclosed. The school has had some struggles in the recent past, but the foreclosure news was a huge shock to employees and parents alike. Additionally my school has been in the news and involved with legal authorities in ways that are not positive (and do not involve me). The school hopes to continue in some form at another -still undecided- location next year. Yet, the school needs a huge -over 1/2 of the current size- enrollment and financial commitment for next year ASAP.
Not a single teacher knows if s/he will have a job at the school -or any other school- next year. The school would very much like for all of us to "commit" so that they can encourage parents to re-enroll because their favorite teachers will be back next year. . .Very few people are willing to do this, because we have no commitment from administration.
You can imagine that gossip is at an all time high, and morale is at an all time low for the faculty.
Many teachers, including me, have been going on interviews in the hopes of securing employment for next school year. I spoke with my administration, and they know I am doing this, and have stated that they understand. Teaching is how we pay for our lives.
I've had three schools offer me a position, and then have to retract it because they cannot get a member of my current administration on the phone to confirm my positive employment. It is all terribly bureaucratic, and the new schools MUST speak with a member of current administration. I don't know why these calls are not answered/returned, and I have confronted my administration about it. Ultimately, I think that they are very busy trying to secure the school for next year. I get that, but I am trying to secure my future as well.
It is extremely frustrating when jobs are so few, to be offered three, and then lose them through no fault of my own.
Obviously, I have a lot of feelings, thoughts, and personal conclusions as to why my school is in this situation and what the future may/may not hold for it. But, as much as I would like to share all of that here, it doesn't seem terribly professional. Nor, is it the aim of this blog to vent/complain/manifest my feelings.
But, I am very stressed out, and just don't have it left in me to stay up-to-date all the time. Sometimes, something has to give, and it is this.
Also, I need a job for next year. I'm willing to relocate to anywhere in the continental United States. I LOVE teaching art. I love it so much. Art teaching jobs in Georgia are few right now. I have a master's degree in Art Education and I want to put that baby to good use! So, if you have/know of a vacancy, please let me know. I'd love to be a member of your teaching team!
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org