This is my 5th year free from returning to work after the summer but those memories are still clear. I was sad to see my days of lingering in bed and having lots of free time end but I was also excited about the new year, seeing colleagues and former students and meeting new ones. Oh, don't get me wrong even after 30+ years I still got butterflies in my stomach and didn't sleep much the night before but walking in that door the first day was a high I will never forget.
I am blessed because I still get that feeling the first day of classes in the college and whenever I get a call to cover another class. I won't say I don't enjoy the money because it is very nice but I wouldn't work if being there didn't make me feel so good. (Thank you pension for providing me with the means not to work, the pension that cost me blood, sweat and tears.)
I listen to teachers who went back this week who dreaded going back. They knew no matter what they did the year would not go well. Supervisors who had been gunning for them last year have already written up this year's review. Their fate has been predetermined.
Principals and assistant Principals are supposed to care about the students in their charge. They are supposed to want the best for them but how can this be when they make the people in their immediate care so miserable? How can a teacher be expected to do a great job when their is someone pointing a smoking gun at their head?
All you incompetent, miserable APs and Principals, you guys know exactly who I am talking about. You, with little or no experience. You, who took licensing exams multiple times. You are getting your kicks now but your time will come. May you have as many sleepless nights and stomach problems as the ones you are perpetuating on good, caring teachers.