All administrators are not evil

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Registered: 08-23-1997
All administrators are not evil
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Fri, 03-01-2013 - 4:11pm

I never thought I'd say that but, I thought I say something positive here since we are often complaining. I've been in a long-term sub postion for the past 3 months. I've gotten pretty close to my assistant in the library. I'm leaving on Tues since the librarian I'm filling in for is returning from maternity leave. My assistant planned a little going away thing for me yesterday. There was cake and cookies etc. in the library and she invited the whole staff to wish me well. It was really sweet of her. She also gave me a present and flowers. I was so touched I was literally speechless. A bunch of teachers came by. My principal even came by and he had a gift bag for me. I was so taken aback, I began to tear up. He wrote me a nice card and gave me a school mug and an iTunes gift card. I have had a lot of horrible experiences in school districts and was treated very poorly by at least 3 different adminstrations. I had started to think that nice administrators didn't exist. I'm sorry that my position is ending but, I'm very happy to have had such a nice experience.

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Wed, 03-06-2013 - 10:45am

I feel for you! I'm sick of watching the hiring games that go on. It's your experience level (beginners only unless you are a varsity coach), who you know, who you are related to and how willing you are to take the worst job in the worst school or do the most extracurricular assignments for little or no pay.  

Things here might change somewhat in the fall because that's when the new laws requiring teacher pay to be mainly based on test scores kick in and seniority rates go away. Everyone supposedly starts at the same rate and then your test results and evaluations earn your increases on top of the base. Each district can handle the process individually but the mandate for evaluation based on testing is required for all.  I've never heard exactly how this will affect teachers in non-tested subjects but they say that schools will now hire more experienced teachers because there is no experience factor in the starting pay scale. We'll see! 

Surely you have paid your dues by now. I hope you find something great.

Sherry
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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 4:26pm

I started doing on line reference work for Pearl.com in the fall. It pays by the question but it's part time. I will continue to do that as I continue to look for a full time or even part time permanent postition. In June it wll be 3 years since I left my last tenure track job. I can't believe it.

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:57pm

How wonderful! I've been in one school like the one you describe.  It felt like you were respected and valued. In some others they would do something but it was a requirement for a committee to do it. Everyone got a card and a gift card or something generic. It was not something done from honest feelings and true kindness. 

My current school does things for the teachers, but the other staff members are generally ignored. The principal always mentions things like family illness or a death in the family in her staff newsletter but it is always about the teachers' families. These kind of things send a big message.

It's great to know there are some caring places out there. Everyone who is job hunting can keep hoping to find that really caring school community.

What are your plans now?

Sherry
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Registered: 06-04-2003
Sat, 03-02-2013 - 6:21pm
That was so wonderful. Every now and then someone gets it right. I've worked for 2 admins in my whole career who I loved. The rest, can go well you know where.... Recognition is great. It makes the job so worth it. Way to go!!
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Registered: 07-16-2001
Sat, 03-02-2013 - 1:12pm
That seems about right! Things like that happen in my school all the time. I thought it was that way everywhere! Although I'm sure elementary schools are more likely to have that sort of warm, inviting feeling than secondary schools.
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Registered: 05-15-2009
Fri, 03-01-2013 - 5:22pm

I'm glad they were able to make it special for you.  It's so nice to feel appreciated.  What a great way to end the week!