Change in Principal put me in the same position. I was
advised by veterian professionals to resign as Non-Renewals
are published in Board minutes and available to other
districts, etc. I was able to claim unemployment in CO since
it was not my "fault" that I was non-renewed. My resignation
only stated personnal reasons.
I did not use that Principal as a reference (reasoning--Goals
and Ideals did not match). I used current peer teachers,
other former supervisiors and past Principal as references.
Since my field is a bit limited, I did not find a new position
until after the start of the following school year. New
position is much better as I'm respected for my knowledge and
much appreciated. FYI--others in my former building were
choosing "sides" and either in the new Principals inside group
that can do no wrong or on the outside and have to watch their
backs. I just am very careful what I now say and who I talk
to in my new building--distance is my defense so I can keep
I too have many years in my field and am respected for my
experience and knowledge but not by those that want to bring
in their own staff and replace the old....
How have your evaluations been this year? You can always say
that the position and staff didn't meet your expectations and
leave it at that since you've only been there one year.
On 3/29/08, Older & Wiser wrote:
> I would look at it from a purely financial perspective. If
> they don't renew you, I believe you could claim
> unemployment. If you need the $,this is probably the best
> On the other hand, if $ is not a factor, I would take the
> resign route. At least psychologically, you have the upper
> hand with that alternative.
> Since you have 14 years in the education field, it would
> probably be too difficult to transition to another career.
> However, I have seen teachers take marketing positions with
> textbook and year book companies.
> Don't let this course of events get you down, the education
> field is broken in my opinion. But that is a topic for
> another thread.
> On 3/24/08, Carol wrote:
>> I have been given the option of non-renewal or resignation
>> by my principal. He refuses to give me specific reasons
>> why. There are certain diffencencies in my teaching is all
>> he will say. I have received a variety of pieces of advice
>> anywhere from do not resign and fight it in front of the
>> school board to choose another profession. I am a veteran
>> teacher with 14 years experience and my first one in this
>> district. Help!!! I am an excellent teacher with no black
>> marks on my record.