I'll be teaching 4th grade at Berkshire (my current school) next year. I'm trying really hard to have a good attitude about it. A change might be nice for me! I did apply for a position teaching a Kindergarten class at another school. It is a SEI class which means-no English! I'm leaving it up to God to put me where I should be! I'll be very sad to leave my school. I love my principal and am pretty comfortable there since I have been there since the school opened but I think I am a Kindergarten teacher at heart and would be happier teaching little kids.
I am left in a bad position after job sharing this year as well. Our district laid off about 70 teachers and these teachers have rehire rights for 24 months before teachers that are job sharing (no matter how long they have been teaching). If the budget gets worse, more teachers could be laid off and the period could be extended. This means after teaching for 8 years, I am forced to stay part time indefinitely. I could get a job in another district but would go back to being considered a first year teacher. Any more cuts and I would lose my job in that district.
I am praying that Mike's business picks up and we will survive indefinitely on my part time income.
I've had to come to the realization that it's just a job and not my life. So, I'm going to try and keep a teeny bit of my enthusiasm for teaching and make the best of it. Meanwhile, I am thinking of new career paths to take . . .