Sunday, August 20, 2006

Irony, Kharma, Turn-about....

whatever you call it....I have seen it in spades this week at work.

I've been debating since Friday whether or not to write about this. And now I have decided I need to...in order to get my thoughts on the situation clear because I know at work tomorrow there will be all kinds of drama and chaos surrounding this issue. Now, names will be changed to protect the innocent {even though I don't really think there are any innocent!}

During the last 4 years my job assignment has been complicated. Basically the position I had required twice the work as most others. This assignment was supposed to be rotated between a few of us teachers each year but for one reason or another it never happened and I was the fortunate one to carry it for the last 4 years. But not this year! Yeah!! It finally rotated to another teacher we will call Homer.

Now 2 years ago Homer was in a position to be able to help me out a bit....but he didn't want to help...instead he went to our principal, Mr. Smithers, and complained, moaned, groaned and said it was a violation of some Ed Code to help us....so Homer got what he wanted and we got no help. Not what I would have wished for from a colleague but it's what I got so I had to make the best of the situation. Not once did I consider not doing the extra work.....because the kids would be the ones to suffer and none of this was their responsibility. I was hired to do a job and I am not the kind of person who is going to do it half-ass. That's just not who I am.

So this year I have a new principal, Ms. Krebapple. Homer has told Ms. Krebapple in no uncertain terms he will not fulfill the duties assigned to him. Ms. Krebapple reminded him of the Ed Code that he had spouted 2 years ago and said he would have to do it alone. Well Homer came to my room, looking for support or validation of some sort I guess. I really had to fight back the urge to scream about my vindication, etc. Instead I told him that I would try to be as sympathetic as possible, which was not much since I knew the job could be done...and yes it will take more time and energy....I've done it for 4 years for crying out loud! I also told him that if he continued on the course of action he was pursuing, the kids were going to be the ones to suffer and that would not be fair.

So now it's time to prepare for tomorrow. I don't want to be in the middle of this but unfortunately I'm being pulled in for many different reasons. This is a really stinky way to start out the school year!

6 comments:

Laura said...

Sounds like a tough day but I'm sure you will do what you feel is right Julie. I'll be thinking about you! Good luck!

Chrissie said...

School politics are always tough, just for that reason - it's not just about 1 member of staff and another member of staff...it's about the kids (and the kids' parents, etc. etc.)

Tough one. I expect the Principal will be on valium by the end of the day - LOL

Just get a good supply of chocolate in...and breathe.

Simplyliz said...

That stinks! I know, though, once you get your kiddos in your room, you will be able to avoid the drama maybe a little?

chanel said...

oh dear ... poor you! good luck with this one .... don't get dragged down by someone else's bad attitude - stay happy!

Catherine said...

Always tough when the work place is in turmoil! Hope things get straightened around smoothly!

Briana said...

Gotta love those that go over your head, it backfires and then come back to you! I hope things get straightened out!