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I think as long as you give notice before you leave, you should be able to get a reference and do ok in the future. I've certainly known plenty of people who have quit mid-year (we had a fifth grade teacher quit three years in a row-the last one didn't make it through September!)

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schoolgirl3 11-22-2009 06:07 AM

however, my husband has lost his job, and I couldn't walk away. Facing the start of this school year was daunting, I just wasn't sure about going back. Fortunately I did, and my class is wonderful. We are having a great year together.
Good luck to you, and if it feels right, you definitely made the right decision.

2muchtodo 11-15-2009 11:06 AM

I did it. It feels good. I believe that I am leaving on a positive note, and I am planning to work my tush off until my very last day. I will miss the school and my students terribly. However, I know that life is too short to spend even one school year being so stressed, and not having time for myself or my family.

ms maestra 11-07-2009 07:07 AM

^ Good for you!!! Feel confident in your choice! Please let us know how the school responds to the news, and how you do with saying goodbye to the students, adjusting, and how it feels! I would love to know!!

toomuch2do a 10-30-2009 05:16 PM

I made the decision to resign. There is a great deal more going on in my life besides a difficult teaching position, and in order to be a good mother, wife, and a sane, happy person...I had to do it. I feel guilty leaving my students, but I know it will all work out for the best.

I ♥ cats 10-22-2009 12:22 PM

We were moving and I gave that as an excuse but the real reason was that I couldn't take one more minute of my class or my principal. I gave 30 days notice and that was it. He begged me to stay until the end of the year (mid-June) but I simply said I couldn't do it, and that was it. I felt like a load had been lifted off my shoulders the minute I did it. I'm teaching again now and I told my new district that I resigned early in order to move, look for a job in the new state, etc, which was true. I had no problems with bad references. I think that as long as you give whatever notice is required (look in your employment handbook) they can't say anything bad about you, unless you've had bad evals. Good luck!

ichigo 10-20-2009 02:46 PM

I think as long as you give notice before you leave, you should be able to get a reference and do ok in the future. I've certainly known plenty of people who have quit mid-year (we had a fifth grade teacher quit three years in a row-the last one didn't make it through September!)

newoldteacher 10-19-2009 04:53 PM

I don't doubt they offered to let you go that very day. Probably were afraid of a lawsuit. Glad you are happy now.

PPCDTeacher 10-19-2009 09:48 AM

I left at the end of October last year. A student had broken my arm, and it was the last straw in a LONG line of bad stuff that had been happening at my school. I knew it was time to leave. I was going to give 30 days notice, but when i went in to tell my principal I wanted to resign, she said I could quit that day if I needed/wanted to. So I took advantage of the opportunity (I already had another job lined up anyway-- I became a nanny and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!) There was no penalty, no fine, no $$$ problems, I just went over to human resources and signed some papers and went home a free person.
I plan to stay with this family (they want me here as their nanny until their babies are grown) but if I ever go into teaching again I will just tell them the truth-- I left teachng because it was a very unsafe environment.

toomuch2do1 10-19-2009 08:59 AM

Thank you for your story, Fred I know that I love being in education, but I am definitely close to being burnt out. My spouse has convinced me to try to make the most of this year, and then move on. That is what I truly want to do. I don't think my students need a teacher who runs out on them. Sadly, I will just have to spend my energy working on instruction, and the rest of the "stuff" we have to do in our school will just have to be done sub par.

fredflintston 10-19-2009 07:38 AM

I have an LTA in my classroom for a few periods a day who quit her teaching job many, many years ago. She went out for maternity leave and never went back. She said it was the best decision of her life because teaching was too stressful. She stayed home with her kids and ran a greenhouse business out of her home and just came back to being an LTA two years ago. She said she loves being an LTA except for the pay.

toomuch2do 10-19-2009 05:23 AM

I am not happy with my current teaching situation. Yes, there are positives...I enjoy working with my students, planning lessons for them, etc. However, the ridiculous amount of OTHER stuff is making it nearly impossible for me to do my best in my job (which is TEACHING...not being a social director, nurse, secretary, babysitter, etc.). I feel overwhelmed, even after many years of teaching. I am considering packing it in and leaving in order to maintain my sanity. I know that teaching is rough everywhere, that we are tasked with so much and given so little time and compensation for what we do. However, I feel that there are better places out there for me. I don't feel that I am a good fit for the grade level I am teaching or for my school.

So, the question is....has anyone ever left a teaching job during the school year? If I were to leave, I would provide the 30-45 day notice our system requires. I just worry about it impacting future opportunities, especially in such competitive markets. At the same time, I worry that a really rough year, and possibly not-so-great evaluations could make an even bigger difference (I have several years of stellar evals, but I am not feeling like that will happen this year). If you have left, what have you told future employers, if anything about the experience? I do have one good excuse, as I am also juggling graduate school.

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