Hi there, I’ve wanted to work with children for many years. After college, I applied for alternative teaching programs like Teach For America with no luck. When I moved to NYC from North Carolina, I let the fears and concerns of others keep me from pursuing teaching. Doubt and fear and self-limiting beliefs kept me from pursuing my passion. Instead, I freelanced in film and tv production. While it had its perks, work-life balance was not one of them. After seven years of working various jobs, some days for more than 12 hours, I burnt out and left the industry to concentrate on my mental health and wellness.
During this time, I was able to take part in a personal/professional development training that allowed me to get to the root of what had been holding me back from my true calling. This work allowed my teaching aspirations to resurface and I began reaching out to schools and organizations in hopes of being placed in a school for the 2019-2020 school year.
About 3 weeks ago I interviewed for an Apprentice Teacher position with a large charter school organization known for its excellence. They blend rigor and job and their results are stellar: 99% of their seniors graduate and go to college.
I followed up after the interview with a thank you note and received a reply that stated a principal would be getting in touch with me to join her team. The next day we spoke on the phone and the conversation went well. She said I would be supporting a 4th grade class. After the conversation, she asked when I could start. I mentioned that I was going away for the final weekend of the leadership training and would like to have a day to decompress and prepare for the position. She said, “we would need you to start on Monday”. I said absolutely, “I can start on Monday.” She said she would follow up with resources to catch me up since school starts that day. I would be contacted by recruitment with a contract that would need to be returned in 24 hours.
Knowing that the schedule for my part-time job would be prepared that night, I gave my notice immediately to make myself available for the teaching job.
I didn’t hear back over the weekend and when I returned on Sunday night, I sent an email stating that even though I hadn’t heard back, I would arrive at school early Monday morning to get started.
Just before leaving my home, the principal texted me to say that I didn’t need to report to school and to continue to wait for recruitment to contact me. I didn’t hear anything from Recruitment and had to follow up many times before receiving a callback. I was told that the position had been filled and that the principal was not aware of someones hiring for the position I believed I had been hired for.
Since there was no contract, the school states that they are under no obligation to offer me compensation to make up for the fact that I quit my job and lost wages due to their error and miscommunication.
This situation threw me for a loop and caused me to hide away from the world due to hurt, embarrassment, and disappointment.
Since I was out of a job for two weeks, I am unable to pay rent which is due in 3 days. I owe $900 and am asking for support in coming up with the funds to cover the cost. If anyone is willing and able to donate any amount, I would be so grateful.
I know this happened for a reason and I’m excited to pursue other avenues to work with kids.
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