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.