For those of you who are following my travelogue around the high schools of Queens, I have some news. I am being taken off the Absent Teacher Reserve Rotation train wreck by Middle College High School for the rest of the 2014-15 school year.
Middle College was one of the schools I wandered through this fall. Apparently, I did something right there as they called me in for an interview for a Leave Replacement Teacher position. I don't know how to say thank you enough to Principal Linda Siegmund and her faculty for rescuing me from ATR rotations to let me actually teach again. The new trimester starts today. Middle College is a very progressive school that I am looking forward to working in.
It is nice not to have to wonder from day-to-day and week-to-week what classes I will be given and what schools I will be sent to in the Michael Mulgrew, Carmen Farina traveling circus known as the ATR Rotation.
As excited as I am to have a fresh start somewhere, make no mistake about it I am still an ATR. This position is temporary so in September chances are I will be right back pounding the pavement looking for a job and quite possibly in rotation again. Decades of experience means next to nothing.
Is this any way to treat close to 2,000 professionals who are in rotation or in temporary assignments? We have spent the last 5-10-20-30 years or more dedicating our professional lives to the students of New York City. Our reward is to be bounced around like a tennis ball and denied a chance to vote for our own union representatives at the school level.