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    Re: Advice on Quitting
    Terry

    So I should just quit? I should waste 16 years like you?

    I don't have tons of money like you.

    Thank you so much for your time and advice.

    Terry

    On 8/22/10, Trisha wrote:
    > Holy cow! I just finished my 16th successful and successively
    > miserable year teaching, and finally quit! Such anxiety, still
    > have some, but I wish I had walked away years ago. I have a
    > master's degree, and tons of money, time, care, love, tears, into
    > this profession, but I think 16 years was 16 years too long. The
    > workload just got heavier and heavier, the rewards less and less.
    > If you are unhappy at this school, WALK AWAY...if you are unhappy
    > at the next school...WALK AWAY from the profession completely.
    > Don't keep trying to make it work. Just because you are good at
    > your job, doesn't mean the job is right for you. There are other
    > schools, and there are other occupations... It's just not worth
    > it. Life is too short (cliche, I know.) It's a bad sign that you
    > are thinking of breaking a contract so soon into the year, might be
    > a sign that the new way schools do business isn't going to jive
    > with your philosophy of education in general.
    >
    > On 8/11/10, Terry wrote:
    >> So, it happens all the time? Teachers break contracts and move
    >> to other districts?
    >>
    >> Thank you so much for your time and advice.
    >>
    >> Terry
    >>
    >> On 8/11/10, My advice wrote:
    >>> First, your union can give you a copy of the contract.
    >>> However, for now, let's just assume you have to give 2 months
    >>> notice. Your contract will lay out the details.
    >>>
    >>> Continue to work and look for a new position at the same
    >>> time. It happens all the time so no one will view it as a
    >>> big negative. Be careful when you get an interview to not
    >>> focus on just the negative when you are asked why you would
    >>> like to leave the position. It will be a big turn-off if all
    >>> you do is complain. Know what you are going to say going in.
    >>>
    >>> When you get an offer, notify your administration in
    >>> writing. Expect to have to stay the entire length your
    >>> contract dictates from when you gave your notice. If it is
    >>> less, so be it. It will be an awkward and difficult time
    >>> period but there will be an end in sight.
    >>>
    >>> Good luck.
    >>>
    >>> On 8/11/10, Terry wrote:
    >>>> Hello;
    >>>>
    >>>> I need some advice and no spam or negative comments. I
    >>>> have made a terrible mistake with the school where I am
    >>>> working. I would like to continue to look for another job
    >>>> while teaching, but am unsure at how teacher contracts work
    >>>> and weather another school would even look at my
    >>>> application knowing that I am under contract with another
    >>>> district.
    >>>>
    >>>> Please advise and, respectfully, no lectures. I know how
    >>>> this must sound - just please help me.
    >>>>
    >>>> Thank you,
    >>>> Ctracy