Saturday, September 27, 2008


What a crazy few weeks I've had! After finally getting through that certification mess, the 8th grade Math and Science teacher quit. This made are already somewhat unstable 8th grade even more unstable. Those kids are tough, I know, I had them last year, but they deserve to have a permanent, well-qualified, caring teacher. Well, after a few weeks of craziness, I heard it through the grapevine that my principal has hired a new teacher, a black woman in her late 50s who used to be a preacher and considers discipline her strong point. PERFECT!!! She's going to start sometime next week and I'm really, really hoping she can whip these kids into shape.

One of my best friends called me today from the parking lot at Lowe's to ask me what kind of car that guy I know that cheated on his wife drives. Of course, this question intrigued me. Turns out that this guy and his "ahem" wife were about two cars ahead of her and about to pull out of the parking lot. I almost wish she had caught them sooner and said something to him like "Weren't you friends with a girl named Kate" or "Aren't you so-and-so?" I didn't know you were married? Of course, this particular friend never would have done this, but I kind of wished one of my more outspoken friends had seen him and asked these questions.

I had a dream about him the other week. Well, actually, he wasn't in the dream, though his wife was. And in the dream she was a lot better looking than she actually is. Apparently, she was wearing a tigger sweatshirt when my friend saw them. Anyways, I dreamt that I went to this women's work to meet her and we had a nice friendly chat and then I told her what her husband had done and she went ballistic on me and screamed at me and called me all of these awful names. And well, I don't think I'm going to tell her anytime soon. Strange dream.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Few Realizations

In the past 48 hours I have learned many many things. It is only the second day of school, and I had a sub in for me for half the day. Quite frankly, I was lucky that I got to work half a day.

At 5:30 on Tuesday night (the night before the first day of school) my principal called me and told me that the district just called her and told her that I wasn't certified and couldn't teach. Aparantly, the state hadn't received some test scores, which is weird considering the scores are supposed to be automatically sent after you take the test.

Anyways, I panicked. I went in to work on the first day, but a sub had to stay in the room the whole time. After school, I went to the district and asked them to fill out a form for me to get an emergency certificate. They wouldn't do it. They said it wasn't district policy. They told me that I shouldn't go in to work until the certificate problem was straightened out (which takes months). They basically told me that I didn't have a job. I have never felt so expendable in my life. My principal wanted me, my colleagues wanted me, my students wanted me, but the district didn't care.

I spent Wednesday night sobbing. I called everyone I could think of to ask for advice and comfort. And I work with the BEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD! Everyone was very comforting, but things were still very bleak. The whole time I was thinking:

1) How was I going to pay rent without a job?
2) How was I going to tell my parents I lost a job?
But the main thought in my head was:
3) I love my job and I care about my students and I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I wasn't teaching at Madrona K-8.

This was surprising to me. I mean, I've always known that I like my job, I just never realized that I love it. Anyways, today I went down to the state office and talked to an angel named Linda who convinced Seattle Public Schools to sign off on my emergency certificate. I spent half the day driving back and forth from Seattle to Renton with various documents, but I finally got my permit and was able to teach this afternoon. Through all of this trauma and stress I've learned some very important things:

1) Keep all important documents in a safe place! If I had just saved a copy of my test scores none of this would have happened!
2) I am expendable to the school district.
3) I am not expendable to my colleagues and students.
4) I love my job.

A stressful 48 hours, but I learned a lot. I love teaching!