In yesterday’s post, I admitted that I reluctantly left the classroom about 15 months ago because my mental health was suffering dramatically. I was fortunate to be in the position that I had qualified for retirement and that our family could afford this change. This was about three months before the pandemic shut everything down in the United States, and I was congratulated on my prescience by many – despite the fact that I obviously had no idea of what was to come. Though I knew I was fortunate, I found it hard to be thankful because the hardships that unfolded for so many of my colleagues made me feel even guiltier that I had walked out on a career I once loved and people I continued to admire.
Since that time, of course, conditions continued to worsen. Some colleagues have resigned, some others are deciding this will be the last year, and some are actively looking for new opportunities. With demands on teachers increasing – while support either remained the same or decreased – many educators have sadly come to the conclusion that I did – that our system in the United States makes it nearly impossible to maintain a healthy personal/work balance.
I taught for nearly 30 years before I came to the above conclusion, so I am not advocating for teachers to abandon classrooms in droves. But if you have reached the same point in your journey where you feel you are no longer able to do a good job in either your work or your personal life, you may be looking for a change. I saw a post on Twitter where a teacher confessed this, and asked for suggestions. I thought it would be helpful to include the post here.
Dear Friends:— Jane Martin (@biologywithjane) March 9, 2021
I’ve decided to take a break from classroom teaching.
Do you work at (or know of) a dynamic education-based organization hiring for a remote position in STEM, youth engagement, coaching, or project management?
I’d love to hear about it!
My DMs are open. 😊
There were many great responses on the thread, so I want to mention a few here that are outside the usual sites such as LinkedIn:
- EdSurge Jobs Board
- Outschool (one participant mentioned she has been able to make an annual six figure salary by teaching with Outschool)
- Educator Forever
- Global Online Academy
- GSV Ventures
I hope this post is helpful to anyone who is seeking a new adventure related to education. Students need great teachers now more than ever – but you can’t be great if your mental and/or physical health are suffering.