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Re: “How a CPS teacher went from 'excellent' to 'do-not-hire' in one year

I taught in CPS from 2003 to 2010. I loved my career, my students, my colleagues, and their families. I went on maternity leave and returned this past August to Barton School, which was a new school for me. Both the principal, Frank Gettridge and the AP, were amazing. Things had changed tremendously since I'd gone on leave, and with two small children at home, I was having a hard time keeping up, especially with the 6 weekly lesson plans, writing five week unit plans, based on the new common core standards, and the large amount of bullshit that needed to be posted, but clearly had nothing to do w student success. I had the support of my administration until October 19, when Mr. Gettridge resigned, as did the AP. the two women who were assigned as "interim" principals made teaching a nightmare. I was scrambling to keep up with the ridiculous list of entering grades, posting standards, rubrics, writing unit plans, and assessing for most of the day, whike my seven and eight year kids were to be independently reading, although they were reading at a kindergarten level. My mother was diagnosed w stagec4 breast cancer and the workload and fact I'm a single mother caused me to suffer from a complete breakdown. Unable to take a medical leave because I hadn't been in the classroom for 12 months, I suffered until I could no longer balance teaching, parenting and caregiving for my dying mother. I resigned from a job I once considered my life's work and passion. I was not allowed to enter my classroom to retrieve the $4000 worth of personal supplies and materials I'd accumulated over ten years, because I was unable to provide receipts. Just days ago my mother passed away. The amount of former students who posted their love and support for me was shocking and made me remember how amazing it used to be to be able to make a difference in the lives of my students. And that is something the "suits" at CPS can never take from me. God bless. And to my first class of second graders from Parkman School, thank you, i love you, and I'm so proud if all of you that are graduating next month. I will be there as always to love and support you.

Emily Torres

Posted by laylabean on 05/15/2014 at 12:45 AM

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