Tuesday, February 17, 2009

You know what they say about plans...

Oh well, I just thought I was keeping an important job announcement from you guys. A few weeks ago, I finally had had ENOUGH of the constant drama where I work. I didn't become a teacher to work with grownups...I wanted to work with children. I don't really get to do that though. I supervise...I don't teach.

Anyway, I was ready to give it up at the end of the school year. I applied for graduate school...I applied for financial aid. Erik agreed to switch shifts at his job to make more money. I agreed to find part time work while I went back to school. Then the crappy economy slapped us in the face.

Erik went to a meeting yesterday in which he learned that there may be major layoffs where he works. The factory is struggling...filed bankruptcy last year and still trying to keep afloat. There are rumors that another company is buying them out. Major changes are definitely ahead for them. He doesn't think he'll lose his job there, but he may be demoted. He will take a major pay cut just to keep this job...a job he's had for 11 years.

Don't get me wrong. I love the people I work with...I adore the kids. I love so much about this job. I'm tired though...I've already lasted more years at it than most special ed teachers. It was time for a change. I may still take one class a semester, but I wanted to just be free for awhile. Oh well. It's probably not to be for a few more years.

9 comments:

Cubby said...

Urggghhh! Well all I can say is don't you dare give up your dream, even if it is one class a semester. You should also go back to the financial aid office and tell them about the "fluid situation" and see if there's anything they can do. It's amazing what some work-study jobs pay. When I was going to school and had my situation change, they were able to help a lot. Hang in there, because if anyone can do it, you can!

Becca said...

Hugs to you sweetie. I hope that it all smooths out. Chin up, door closes, window opens kind of thing. Keep looking for that window.

Jane! said...

You never know when it will turn out to be a good thing that your plans got changed.
Well, it's a good thought to occupy yourself with while absorbing the change, anyway!
Good luck!

Nadine Hightower said...

Bummer. But you just have to keep going in the right direction. It will all work out in the end.

Hang In There.

Jeankfl said...

True.. you never know what you might get into because YOUR plans didn't work. Just trust the Lord to make those changes.. It'll work out in the end..
hugs,
Jean

Mary Moore said...

Oh man, I feel for you. Hang in there. Maybe do something on the side that really makes you happy. It might help get through it.

Beans said...

Definetely keep your chin up. Better times will come back again!! The uncertainty is the killer. It must have taken you a long time to reach the point where you made the decision to change direction, and its disapointing to say the least to find out it will be delayed. But just remember, you will get there. Use that as motivation every day to get through the days at the job you're worn out from, just know that you are determined to make the change and you may feel better just knowing you are taking a step in that direction if you do one class a semester. I wish you both the best...

White Hot Magik said...

Will pray that something changes to give you some relief, sounds miserable. Hard time to make commitments like going back to school. I am considering it also, to get my teaching certificate.

Becca said...

Are you going to update your blog? It has been awhile...hugs!