15 April 2006

Who in the office pool had this one?

I mentioned a few days ago that the Boss Lady said that she was going to have the money for an additional .2 for me (making me at Curriculum full time...assuming The Union doesn't have its way), but that it would come with a "task." She didn't tell me what the task would be.

I stumbled upon the answer the other day.

We have a person in our district whose job is dedicated to supporting new teachers and helping with certification issues (which can be rather complex here in Washington). She has had enough of the politics at central office and after nine years, has asked to go back to the classroom. When she revealed this at lunch, I asked her how much of her job the teacher mentorship was. She told me that it was .5 of her contract and I audibly breathed a sigh of relief.

I could tell from the look on her face that this was the wrong reaction and after a few prying questions, it was revealed that she is rewriting that portion of her job for a .2 and had already had a variety of conversations with the Boss Lady about me being perfect for the position.

So, it looks like I'll be working with newly minted teachers a day a week next year. Mind you, the Boss Lady has not said anything specific about this and the other person's transfer won't be arranged for a couple of weeks.

I'm not completely sure what I think about doing that work. I just never pictured myself in such a role. My sweetie sounded the alarm about a .5 job now being expected for .2 pay. That is an issue, except that we have so few new teachers anymore. Six or seven years ago, it wasn't unusual to have up to 50 for our district. In the last two years, the number has been no more than 15, all but one or two secondary teachers. Enrollment is decreasing, the district is overstaffed, and we just aren't hiring anymore.

In a way, I'm relieved that it doesn't look like the .2 will be attached to continuing my summer job of organizing the "intervention" for high school kids. And on the other hand, I'm a bit disappointed that the .2 isn't associated with the increase in my elementary science responsibilities (including our new science kit center). I can't really complain. In having to split my attentions between students and Curriculum duties, I think the kids have often received the fuzzy end of the lollipop. Even if I have diverse job responsibilities again next year, at least it will be in one location and I will have a lot more flexibility in terms of how I schedule my time.

I have a meeting with the Boss Lady later this week. We'll see if she gives any indications at that time about next year...and a new "task" as a teacher mentor.

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