Monday, June 13, 2011

Yay For Being Employed!

It's the last week of the school year, and I'm happy to report that I finally got my contract for next year. YAY!

It's actually a double yay...I was able to get my contract because my awesome department chair got promoted. So yay for both of us!

I have to admit, I feel like such a jerk when I post this on Twitter and get tons of "Yay! Congratulations!" from my sweet friends. It's not like it's a new job...it's the same job I've had for the past five years. I don't say to my lawyer friends, "Congratulations on staying employed!" I know it's different because I'm on the chopping block year after year, but this situation makes me feel like a big ol' attention whore.*

Now I'm just trying to get through this last week of classes. I already said goodbye to my sweet seniors on Friday. I had these kids when they were freshmen and sophomores and I have loved seeing them grow up...and now they are heading out into the real world!** This group really drove me crazy, but I also developed some pretty special relationships with some of them in the past few years, so I have a feeling that graduation on Thursday is going to be a bit emotional for me. *sniffle*

So, it's a little annoying that I had to go into my district office and sign my SIXTH temporary contract.*** But I'm so thankful that I have another year at my school with my awesome students, and, honestly, that I even have a job at all, since I know so many teachers aren't able to do what they love right now.

Knowing I have students to come back to will make this summer THAT much better.



*Let's be real, though. I AM a big ol' attention whore.


**Well, as real as college can be.


***You get tenure after two years in CA, but that's two years on a probationary contract. So none of my years so far count toward tenure.

13 comments:

  1. Congrats! It must have been fairly nerve wracking, so you deserve to be vocally happy about it :)

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  2. Yay, Jess! I've been hoping this would work out for you, and I'm so glad it has. Congrats on your contract! :)

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  3. Yay, congratulations! I think you deserve to get some congrats from friends considering the stress you've been though. Man, they treat teachers like crap in CA (maybe everywhere). I can't believe this doesn't go toward your tenure. Is it a way for them to avoid giving any teachers tenure--by only offering temporary contracts? Sigh. Either way, I'm happy you have a job!

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  4. Yay Jess! I'm happy for you! I just finished sorting through some pictures from high school and it made me realize how much impact my teachers had on me. I admire anyone who can do that job.

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  5. Congratulations!! I've been enjoying following you on your journey so far, so I know how much this means :)

    <3 Belly B

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  6. Yay! That's a big dumb mess. I'm finally on a permanent contract (we don't call it tenure here, but I can't remember the exact term they use) this year. I don't have to worry about getting cut right now unless we get riffed.

    When will you finally get to have your probationary contract then? I'm sorry you had to go through this junk. I just found out I'm having to move classrooms. Though it's a big mess, I, like you am just glad to HAVE a job.

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  7. So glad you got your contract Jess! What a relief to not have to worry about that.

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  8. Congrats! Your students are lucky to have a teacher who puts up with all this and STILL looks forward to teaching them! :)

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  9. Congratulations on having employment in a bad economy.

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  10. I'm so happy everything worked out and you have a contract again. Now you can relax (a little more at least) over the summer.

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  11. It may not be a new job but it's still exciting, especially considering how stressful it's been for you. Congrats!

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  12. Wow! Next year is your 6th year. You are clearly good at what you do. It must be the stupid economy that is making everything a year by year contract. Hopefully, the economy will heal itself in this next year and you will be a "regular" permanent teacher.

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