I have mentioned before that I live 45 minutes away from my school - and that is on a good day with no traffic. Usually, it takes me about 50 minutes to get there, and over an hour to get home. If I stay after school for any longer than 15 minutes, it takes me an hour and a half to get home, since I hit the bad traffic. Not to mention the mileage that I've been putting on my car, which was brand new just one year ago.
I told my principal that the distance was the reason I am leaving. Honestly, it is the biggest reason, but if I felt like it was worth the drive, then I would have stayed. I'm not going to go into it, because I chose not to go into it with my principal, so I'll just say that the school was not a good match for me. I quickly realized this, but by that time, I had come to love my students, and couldn't leave them in the middle of their semester. Breaking a contract is so out of character for me, but I had to look out for me in this situation.
BUT - I'm not leaving teaching. No way. I start at my NEW SCHOOL tomorrow!! I originally interviewed there in October (see how quickly I realized I
I am so excited about this change. Of course I will miss the kids and my teacher friends, but I know this will be a better work environment for me. Plus, it is 15 minutes from home. I will have so much more time after school. I am proud of myself for doing the right thing in the way that I chose to leave my old school, and I cannot wait to get started in a new, improved place tomorrow!