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  • Ashley
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    Got a job offer outside of teaching that I honestly wasn’t going to take because I do genuinely love teaching so much. But after the school shooting in Uvalde, I can’t stay any longer. I’ve seen both my student and co-teacher get shot at school (they survived and have to live with the trauma). I can’t go through that again. Our last day of school was Friday; I’ll never say the words “I’m a teacher” ever again.

    Jennaberri
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    I quit at the end of May 2022. While I haven’t suffered a shooting type of danger, I felt like everyday was a struggle. I had a great schedule, close bathroom, awesome team. I though this was the Magical school everyone said to find. The kids were at best average, but ok. Since returning to full time, the old dread returned. I would spend a long time thinking about and planning my lessons, and everything is too hard (which I had lowered my standards and expectations as the year progressed as I saw gaps in their abilities), everything is not fun, when can I use my ipad? It became difficult to find anything that didn’t cause anger, flippant attention, anxiety over perfection, or down right refusal.

    While a lot of teachers have the joy of missing their students, I didn’t have that experience. Lots of cute, capable and wonderful kids, but as the years went on there was not enough of those kids.

    Patti
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    Totally get it. And for me – it’s the other teachers. I changed schools (long story – but I was a virtual teacher for 2 years and it was FANTASTIC. But then the school district shut the program down. I was transferred. Never thought it would be so horrible) So now I’m the new girl. On a team of 6. And the other teachers are MEAN. Just down right MEAN to me. They leave me out of decisions. So I’m always figuring things out on my own. They have a “secret” pacing guide – I was following the distrcit’s. But then somehow I noticed they use a completely different one. So did I try to catch up? Nope. I just skipped lessons. I don’t even care anymore. I’ve had a teacher come into my room, drop a paper on my desk and say “This is wrong.” And walk out. Friday I had a teacher step into my room, hold her nose, and comment “It smells like lysol in here” Yep. It does. I arrive 30 min early everyday to clean the room. I lysol everything. It’s fine. Get out. My class learns a little poem a week. ON fridays, they glue the poem into their poem journal. It’s actually fun to hear them sing the little songs and look through their journal. But….. Friday – as I had a group working on thie week’s poem, a teacher came in my room, looked at our project and said (get ready) THIs is NOT gonna work for me. Huh? It’s not going to work for you? Then don’t DO IT WITCH. So add up these daily comments, plus the times one teacher will snap her fingers at me. As “hurry up” or “pay attention” I mean this is my 22nd year. I’ve cried more this year than any year – even more than year 1. So yes, I’m outta here. My husband wants me to quit at December. But I ……. I’m going to hold out until May. Then I’m not longer a teacher. “I teach kindergarten” will never come out of my mouth again. Incredibly sad for me, honestly.

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