Between the rock and the hard place

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Between the rock and the hard place
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Fri, 04-09-2010 - 5:50pm

I've posted about the on-going drama I've been having with our head admin. Things got better but today they took a turn for the worse. I had the worst evaluation of my life and was put on a plan of improvement after 5 years of good evaluations. I've been busting my backside to do everything that is asked of me on this plan but it hasn't been what the admin wants. I'm absolutely miserable, I've turned into an emotional basketcase, my health is deteriorating and now it's starting to affect my relationship with my family.

There are no teaching jobs in my field in my area. Right now, we can't afford to sell our house and move (houses aren't selling here, we just bought this place in October and there's no way we can make money off a sale at this point.) I have no idea what other job I can take with my degree. I don't even have a Masters. We live in a very rural area where there aren't a lot of jobs unless I drive 45 minutes into the city to work, putting both my husband and I in a bind on taking care of our kids after school.

I don't know if I can tolerate the emotional abuse I'm being put through right now. I've had our uniserv director sit in on my meetings with my principal in hopes that it would help but I often walked out feeling like she was taking more of the side of the principal. I'm feeling sure that I'm going to lose my job. This is completely making my life a living nightmare.

What do I do, ladies? What on earth do I do with a teaching degree besides teaching? Thanks for letting me vent.

  "Aut dosce, aut disce, aut discede"
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 8:15pm

You have the legal protection as tenure. All those good evaluations and the tenure laws require her to support her position with a lot of clear evidence that is documented over time and follows the due process in your evaluation system and state law. Your professional evaluation process should also require that nothing goes in your personnel folder without your review. She can't sneak in a bad eval because you have to sign them, right? In all of the schools I've worked in we had the right to review our files at any time. Anything in there that we had not signed during a face to face conference was illegal. We could demand removal of unsigned and/or undocumented comments. We could also write a response to anything that we were concerned about. Is she writes that you failed a job target, write a response and provide evidence if possible. Firing a tentured teacher usually requires clear

Sherry

 

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Mon, 04-12-2010 - 6:14pm

Things seem to keep going from bad to worse for me in this situation. She verbally confronted me rather aggressively in front a student today before school and now my husband has been dragged into this because he works in a different department but in the same building. I know she's grasping at as much as she can to either fire me (which would be a messy process because I have tenure) or get me to quit. What I can't quite figure out is how the same thing has happened to at least 3 other teachers in a year's time along with some other issues with students and the board still renews this admin.

I've had a multitude of changes in my life this year, not the least is gaining a ready-made family with one of my step-kids having autism and functioning mid-range. I've done what I can to stay afloat but I think it's time I took myself out of the equation.

  "Aut dosce, aut disce, aut discede"
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Fri, 04-09-2010 - 10:50pm

Been there! Sometimes you just can't make them happy because they really don't know what they want other than to have power and use it to make themselves feel good.


The key is to play their game and play it well.

Sherry