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After seven and one-half years of teaching in the public School District of Philadelphia, I have decided to make major changes in my life and have resigned. Tomorrow, February 1st, is my last day.

My students have had mixed reactions to my resignation; some are happy, some are very disappointed. All of them realize why I'm quitting: I'm burned out.

Teacher burnout is happening to most of my colleagues. There are a few stalwarts who seem completely unaffected, but I do not have the kind of temperament, or to be frank, talent that these few special souls have. Teaching has been a definite education in life and perception for me, and I hope to take my many lessons from it into a career as a writer. While trying to be a writer - that is, a commercially successful one - I'll be doing different things, most likely. Some of these might be stopgap 'mcjobs', others more serious committments. However, my focus from hereon shall be that of a writer.

What else do you expect from a longtime user on Lit.Org, after all?


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The Alienist
jhfurnish@yahoo.com


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The following comments are for "I Have Resigned from My Teaching Position"
by The Alienist

Go Boldly
I wish you the very best, and pray you succeed in your quest.

williamhill

( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: February 5, 2007 )

And the trophy goes to:
Good for you! It takes much courage to take that bold step and follow your heart and not live that life of quiet desperation. (If Clair were with us today, she would be just as proud...and hope...like I do, that Lit has given you the springboard from which you sprung!)

I only hope that does not mean you are leaving us any time soon...please use us as you sounding board so that when those honors are heaped upon you (as they will be) we can proudly point and say "He is one of us!"

Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: February 6, 2007 )

Taking the leap
Congratulations and good luck - not an easy decision to make.

Henry Miller, the great writer, made the same decision around the age of 36 - chucked his job and split to France. He said, "I'm going to be a writer, and by god, I'll live or die by it."

( Posted by: gomarsoap [Member] On: February 11, 2007 )

Retirement
I retired twice and ended up 26 years in a reform school. I fit in there. I taught writing. I was tempermentally suited for felons. I can't explain it but preppy yuppy youth weren't my style. It was VERY hard but fulfilling and I did retire a third and final time one and half years ago. I am content. I hope you find your niche and get to express yourself fully wherever you land.

( Posted by: EchoMarm [Member] On: February 12, 2007 )





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