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I gave my notice at work last week.
It has apparently set off some kind of powderkeg of discontent. I knew my departure would be upsetting to a couple co-workers, and might shock the management (who assumed that I would always be around for them to try and take advantage of and fail to appreciate...hmm.)

It sounds like a real possibility that the ENTIRE team of teachers may leave shortly after I do. For the newest, it's money and her kid. For the oldest, maybe caving to her desire to work with an older age group. For the main assistant, she's upset I'm leaving and seemed horrified at the prospect of working with the teacher they want to transfer into the room.
(Hi, management? What does it tell you that I'm leaving and the room's staff wants to bail like the building's on FIRE??) The entire mess just reminds me of the reasons I'm leaving: I wasn't appreciated, my issues with management were totally ignored or opted not to address, and management consistently makes the "wrong" call on tough/contested decisions.
I'm a woman of principles, and those are just deal-breakers for me. I can't support an establishment that I don't believe respects my opinion and input (even if they disagree with me), appreciates my hard work, and makes short-sighted and superficial decisions because it's easier to do the quick fix than cause a confrontation or address the root of the problem.
And so, I'm leaving. (And I swear, I completely BLEW THEIR MINDS when I gave my notice.)

I'm trying to create a buffer between myself and the fall-out. As my poor husband knows, my F-side can't help but get emotionally involved with things (and by things, I mean EVERYTHING), and I have to rein it in if I'm going to be able to deal with stressful situations. I've almost come to terms with leaving the kids I've had in every room since they were babies. I know it's a choice I need to me for ME, and a necessary one for my happiness. (Perhaps their families will ask me to babysit.)

I am nervous about entering a new environment; I'll be moving to a special needs preschool classroom, and I don't have any (substantive) experience with that area.
I understand IEPs in principle, but don't know how they work in practice.
(But we should expect that in a UofC grad, right?)
But, everyone who's heard where I'll be working as said about the same thing: "You're very patient. I'm sure you'll be good at it!" Which bodes well, right?

I don't know if I'll miss lesson planning...we'll see. It'll be a lot less work, less responsibility, but I may miss the creative outlet. It's like writing papers: you may curse and fuss while you're doing it, but no one picks Humanities unless they secretly enjoy torturing themselves with writing.
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