Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I had decided, in Sept that I probably would not finish another year, so I took the opportunity to lay back and let the system take care of me and I became a Priority teacher, teaching on call. This meant I have a new assignment every day without the commitment to students, school or admin. The best of teaching as I can work with students and not worry about the politics of teaching or the burden of assessment, evaluation and reporting. However, I am a young teacher according to my new contract with only three years experience so I have no right to ask for long term leave, (which I found out, when I applied for it) as that right is reserved for senior teachers. I no longer have a need to work, as the UOP has closed their Vancouver Campus and my desire for teaching in the schools has declined. I knew that when I was told I did not qualify for leave, I felt annoyed, not upset. January 31,2011 will be last day as a teacher in the Surrey School District.
The District is a good place to work, the teachers are dedicated, the admin is competent and focused on the children and the school board is well managed. I am looking forward to life's next adventure and have not regretted any of my time as a teacher.