It finally happened...

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Registered: 04-21-2008
It finally happened...
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Thu, 01-27-2011 - 4:38pm

I receieved a letter notifying me that effective Monday, I am suspended from my job until further action of the school board. Ladies, I'm getting fired and I am so humiliated and embarrassed and ashamed. I was expecting this at the end of the school year, not now.

  "Aut dosce, aut disce, aut discede"

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Thu, 01-27-2011 - 5:39pm

I understand and know how you feel. I've been through

Sherry
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Registered: 04-21-2008
Thu, 01-27-2011 - 6:08pm

Thanks so much for your response. I've been there almost 8 years. The head admin has tons of "documentation" of me not doing my job and that I've failed to meet job targets. I'll be fighting to keep my contract alive until its' completion (I was told I could resign but they wouldn't pay out my contract...I'm not sure if that's legally possible but I will find out soon) but I don't care to go back to teaching there even if I could win in action against her. It's too embarrassing to even think about right now. I know of maybe one other teacher who could be the next potential target. Unfortunately for him, he doesn't have tenure.

I contacted the head of our union and I'm waiting on a phone call from her. I don't know if it will do me much good, but at least someone can help me in the right direction. I'm probably going to seek out some therapy, too, soon, because I don't know how much of this I can handle anymore.

My husband works in the building on the maintenance crew so he's going to help me get all of my things moved out of my classroom this weekend.

  "Aut dosce, aut disce, aut discede"
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Thu, 01-27-2011 - 9:51pm

OMG! I am so, so sorry. I can't believe they can do this to you when you are tenured. I know how you feel, as I was treated similarly last year, although they let me finish out the year. Please don't let them get to you. I know how hard it is and how bad it is for yourself esteem. I've struggled with these issues too. I keep telling myself as soon as I get another job then I can put it all behind me and move on. I hope it is the same for you.

Sherry has given you a lot of good advice so I'll just send you lots of virtual hugs.

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Registered: 08-21-2009
Thu, 01-27-2011 - 11:28pm

If I can ask, what is their reason for suspending you? Can they even do that if you have tenure? I am curious because I am going through a similar situation right now. This is my 3rd year teaching, I have received satisfactory evaluations the past two years and all of a sudden I am a terrible teacher. This year has been complete hell for me and yes the principal has been trying to build up documentation starting the 3rd day of school. I am quite sure she had it planned before the school year even started. Somehow I got on her sh*t list. I am worried every day. I am a newly single mother and my child is dependant on me. I definitely feel your pain. You are definitely not the only one! The principal at my school seems to pick a couple teachers to target every year and my first year there fired two

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Fri, 01-28-2011 - 10:09am
I spoke with my union director last night and she believes that the best I can hope for right now is that they agree to accept my letter of resignation, agree to finish paying out my contract and not hold up my unemployment rights. I'm agreeing to that because after talking with a former colleague and long-time friend, this woman has an agenda and she's going to exact it in any way that she can. Things are going to get worse with this district before they get better and I'm glad I won't be there to watch it all.
  "Aut dosce, aut disce, aut discede"
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Registered: 04-07-2002
Fri, 01-28-2011 - 10:12am

I am beyond sorry this happened to you.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-2000
Fri, 01-28-2011 - 10:36am

Your observation about picking on people is accurate and too common. Many admins protect themselves by picking on people. Under NCLB struggling schools have to show effort toward improvement or face reorganization. Many admins pick a teacher or two to blame and they use them to show they are (supposedly) trying to improve. They say

Sherry
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Registered: 10-06-1997
Sat, 01-29-2011 - 1:45pm

Not sure where I got this "joke" - maybe here on the board, but maybe you all haven't seen it:

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost.

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Sat, 01-29-2011 - 7:30pm

Exactly!!!!

Sherry
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Registered: 04-21-2008
Mon, 01-31-2011 - 2:51pm

I'm still waiting on a call back from my union director. My husband called me earlier and apparently, they've removed some of my personal items from my room. :smileymad: I'll probably add that to my list of things for my grievance filing. To top it off, we have back weather today and tomorrow so I don't know when I'll be able to collect my personal items from my classroom. Right now, that's all I want to do: Get all of my things out of there before the principal crosses her boundaries yet again and throws out my things. I have probably between $800 to $1,000 worth of office supplies and books I purchased on my own in my room right now and I'd like to have them back.

I will update when I know more.

  "Aut dosce, aut disce, aut discede"

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