For the past few months I’ve been interviewing on and off again to try and find another school to teach at for the upcoming school year. If I don’t find another school this year will be the 10th year as a teacher at my current school (Herndon ES). I’ve taught 2nd grade for 6 years and will have taught 5th grade for 4 years (counting this year).
While at Herndon ES there have been many ups and downs, but it seems like there is more and more cons to the job the longer I’m at this school. It’s frustrating to feel the tension in the air at work. It is palpable. People are so on edge and high strung that I think it’s starting to affect the students. I’ve never dreaded going to work as much as I have this past year. Towards the end of the year it was so bad that I wasn’t really sleeping that much. I’m frustrated with those that are able to skate by doing the bare minimum (or less). I’m angry with those that do NOT do what is expected of them, and the rest of us are punished or penalized due to it. Needless to say I am SO ready for a change of scenery. I don’t think that changing schools will solve all problems. but it couldn’t hurt right?
I am sad that many of my coworkers who I’ve become friends with are leaving the school (due to teaching jobs at different schools or moving out of state). As hopeful as I am that I will find a new teaching position somewhere else I am realizing I SUCK at interviewing. I have a TON of experience and knowledge, but during interviews just seems to clam up. I am not one to tout my accomplishments or draw attention to myself. I wish I could just tell interview panels, “I’m a really great teacher! Really!” I don’t know if I can deal with another year at my current school. It may break me.
So, fingers crossed. I have one interview tomorrow afternoon and another next week sometime. Hopefully one of them will pan out!