Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Saying Goodbye & Ugly PTA

As I mentioned a few posts back, I am changing schools. My boss needs me to help out another one of her schools. She needs someone with experience to go there and get it back on track. I am flattered that she has so much confidence in me. This could be a great opportunity for me.

The obvious down-side is I have to leave my current position. I really have become attached to my kids and my place in that office. Nearly two years at the school is plenty of time to develop some great relationships. The kids and the teachers have become an important part of my life. I will miss them.

Yesterday was the PTA for my 1106 class. It didn't go well. Angela, my assistant, made the mistake of bringing up my departure to the parents. I knew we would have to talk about it, but she said something about it in the first few minutes...not the way I would've handled it. From that moment on, the parents were preoccupied with the topic. It turned out to be a complaint session. They were not happy about losing the teacher their kids had been doing so well with. I had little time to talk about the things we had accomplished and what the kids were expected to do in the near future. Not exactly the what I had planned for this meeting. I did my best to assure them that the new teacher will continue to do good things and their kids will succeed. It was a tough sale. I really hope that I don't have to preside over a mess like that again.

I have four more days in Shulin. I hope they will be fun. I am certain they will be a bit emotional for me. That crazy school has helped me define who I am. It sounds silly, but this teaching gig has truly helped me discover some things about myself. I have learned more about who I am and what I can do in the past few years than I did in the previous 35.

Saying goodbye sucks.


Anonymous said...

I am Evan. I want to tell you that my father said the PTA was wonderful, don't be disappointed. He also told me that parents think the student's performance was great, everyone respects your decision but complain the GRAM didn't tell the parents in advence.

David said...

Hello Evan!
I am glad your father was happy with the PTA. It could have been better. I didn't get to spend much time talking about all of the good things that we have done in class. I am so proud of 1106. I will never forget any of you.