Granny Smith’s Story

I chose the name Granny Smith because 1) it is my favorite apple (just chop some up and add it to chicken salad – it will definitely put some pep in your step) 2) The sourness of the apple reflects the state I have felt since making the decision to change my career from teaching in the classroom to another industry.

I want to state my vulnerabilities out in public because I know that somewhere in the world, there are educators who feel as if they are limited to a narrow part of the professional spectrum. It is lonely and sometimes tear-inducing, but being true to your heart and making the decision to leave the profession is going to pay off in the long run.

Story

The world of education is a very fascinating place. In most, if not all countries, we all have to attend primary, and maybe secondary school. Outside of the parents’ home, our development has been entrusted by our wonderful teachers. If you are unfamiliar with the ins and outs classroom teaching, you may find it surprising that teachers in fields ranging from preschool to trade schools to universities to workplaces (?) put in plenty of time, energy, talent and intellect into their lessons. As soon as the bell has rung, the section has ended and the five o’clock whistle has blown, most teachers’ real workdays have just begun.

I , Granny Smith appreciate all of the teachers who have inspired me to take on a path my family has never taken and continues to have a high respect for the profession.

As a woman who has not seen thirty yet, I am privileged to have taught hundreds of students in the pediatric and adult population. I have managed fourteen classes in three years and worked with a variety of wonderful people.

This website is a place where burned-out teachers who need perspective, confidential guidance and humor can come and take refuge. The site will contain stories you may relate to and my journey through finding a job that will enable me to use my gifts. The purpose of this site is to encourage and empower teachers and support whatever direction they choose to take in their career paths. But because I respect the profession, people and the institutions I have worked for, I choose to speak of my experience in general terms.

There is a sense of guilt that entails leaving any profession, but I have never felt such profound guilt making the decision to leave the teaching profession. Many people in teacher prep programs go in expecting to do this forever. In the US, at least, teaching is seen as a terminal career. Any slight deviation from it, such as educational administration, librarian profession and specialized therapeutic occupations, such as speech language pathology are acceptable in the community. If you feel an ounce of it, don’t feel bad!

I am in the process of seeking employment right now in another industry. Times are tough, but strangely liberating. If you are making a similar transition, I would love to hear your story and support your endeavors.

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