Due to health issues, the math teacher most of my algebra students had last year left before the semester was over. A full time replacement was never hired and the kids lost out big time.
While many of these kids are not exactly stellar students, they know they were cheated out of their education last year and harbor resentment towards the teacher they feel deserted them. Even the boy who takes credit for causing her to leave resents her and blames her for the loss of his education last year. (Her leaving had to do with the way administration handled the problem and had nothing to do with the boy.)
I sometimes think about leaving too. I know all I have to do is fill out some paper work at TRS and I can be gone in a heartbeat but then I think about these kids. Being deserted by two teachers two years in a row will not have a positive effect on their education and, more importantly, their self-esteem and their future values. I can’t leave when they have a regents to pass in June.
I just got an e-mail from one, asking about the midwinter review I posted online so they can have some practice this week and I have a bunch coming in on Friday for extra practice. I won't let these kids down, no matter how crazy they drive me or how upset anything else gets me.