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    Re: Advice on Quitting
    Anon1

    You are pathetic. Your posts are full of lies and vile.

    Seek mental help. You need it.

    On 8/26/10, The real Terry wrote:
    > Ok, even though I said I would not post or read the
    > posts again, here I am.
    > Unfortunately, because I put my email on the first post
    > this string is haunting me.
    >
    > I have not been writing as "Terry" for a
    > while, someone is impersonating me which is the problem
    > with sites that don't require people to register.
    >
    > I want to thank everyone again for the advice given. I
    > am still struggling with my school and have actually
    > taken a "mental health" day today because I
    > cried the entire drive into my school yesterday.
    >
    > I am not a weak person or a person who deserves the
    > attacks and assumptions that have been happening on
    > this board. If you reread my first post, it was written
    > in a moment of desperation and I begged for no
    > negativity. Thankfully, there were some that felt
    > compassion and have written nice notes, but others (I
    > prefer to think) are not teachers at all but bored
    > lurkers who have nothing else better to do than to kick
    > a person when they are down.
    >
    > Thanks again and Good luck to everyone,
    >
    > Terry
    >
    > On 8/26/10, Anon1 wrote:
    >> You know, it seems like everyone has tried to be
    >> nice, given you advice, etc. Our part in this is to
    >> be helpful, not to be responsible for running your
    >> life. Life is full of nuances and all kinds of
    >> situations, nothing is black and white. So, no one
    >> has a lot of money and is more fortunate than you.
    >> All of us have had challenges and have somehow lived
    >> through it regardless of our choices.
    >>
    >> I was going to post some advice, but I am sure that
    >> it will be met with negativity since I refuse to tell
    >> you what you should do - you are an adult and should
    >> be able to make your own choices.
    >>
    >> One thing, no, it is not wise to leave a job before
    >> the end of the year!
    >>
    >> Just my 1 cent!
    >>
    >> On 8/23/10, Terry wrote:
    >>> 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