As I mentioned Monday, today was the last day for one of the new teachers in my department. I'm referring to her as Ms. Bennett on here.
I found out yesterday that more teachers had quit than I knew about this year. It's not well-publicized for obvious reasons. It's sad though because our lunch discussions have oriented around finding new jobs in DC, where else we could go, and when the best time to leave would be. I NEVER thought it would come to this. So if you're reading this blog wondering if DC is a place you want to be in the future (I was doing that all of last year), I want you to know you need to be prepared not only for the stress of the students, but much more importantly, the stress of the admin. It's really incredible how they can get to you.
Anyway, Ms. Bennett was new to the profession and thrown to the wolves. She sent out an e-mail thanking her colleagues and explaining her reasons for leaving. I thought her words were telling and wanted to share.
"I'm writing because Wednesday will be my last day, and I want to thank you for being a welcoming person and collegial member of this community.
The reasons I'm leaving are complicated and I'm figuring out how to communicate reflectively and productively about it all. But in short, my health is suffering from all the stress. As a person who values mental and physical health, that's where I had to draw the line. So I'm leaving my teacher certification program to find a better fit. Hopefully in the future though I'll be at a place in my life where I can teach again."
I hope she finds that place too. I think she could have been good.