Re: First Year Teacher Non-Renewed
I advise you to bow out gracefully. You can't force the
principal to want you to stay. Let it go. I had the same
thing to happen years ago. I accepted the principal's
decision, told him that I understood, finished the year
teaching my heart out (which I was doing, anyway). When I got
a new job for the next year, the new principal told me that
the previous principal sent me the best referral he had seen
out of thousands.
I do hope your principal gave you the chance to resign instead
of putting non-renewed on your record. My former principal
did, so no one ever knew that I did anything but resign.
Almost all systems ask if you were ever non-renewed, so it is
much better for the record to have that you resigned.
Move on and you will do and feel better at a new place. I had
been 'Teacher of the Year' several times and had awards by the
dozens, so it hurt me badly to be rejected. Plus, I was in my
40's and had been teaching for 16 years. I will never know
what the true reason was, but it was just a bump in the road.
I am happy at my new school, so my advise is 'Move on.'
On 4/30/08, an idea for you guy.....don't back down wrote:
> What evaluations were you given? They are required by law to
> have given you a set number of FORMAL evaluations AND
> feedback before they cannot offer you a contract. I
> you go to your superintendant and meet. have the following:
> 1. Give your students an opportunity to evaluate you, take
> the results with you.
> 2. All e-mail, evaluations, ANYTHING you were given relating
> to suggestions to your performance.
> 3. Any comments from ANYONE ho evaluaed you.
> if you were a 1st year teacher, your district was required
> provide you with a mentor...did they? Did they provide
> consistant feedback WITH SPECIFIC WAYS TO MODIFY YOUR
> INSTRUCTION? If not....you win. :-)
> Get yourself a lawyer, or research yourself what the
> requirements are, and go the the big man. It's amazing how
> quick you get a contract when you have the facts. e-mail me
> and give me a call....I'll help ya.
> On 4/28/08, looking for clarification wrote:
>> I began working as a teacher in GA, 12 years ago. I
>> started the year with rave reviews from my administrators.
>> I seemed to keep up the reviews, then out of the blue the
>> day before contracts were offered, I was called into his
>> office and was told I would not be renewed for the school
>> or district. The excuse I was given was that I just wasn't
>> a "good" fit. What is going on? Help please.