Look to the rainbow…

My UFT advocate called me this morning in preparation for my hearing on Wednesday. As I mentioned in a previous post, I was not granted tenure and was terminated from the NYC Department of Education. I chose to appeal the decision, therefore the UFT assigned me an advocate to represent me at a scheduled hearing. This will be my third attempt at a hearing. The first time the principal did not show up claiming he had a network meeting. The second time a panel member either was unaware of the hearing date or just forgot to show up. Let’s hope three’s a charm, though I trust Divine order is at work in my life.

As my advocate reviewed my case with me, I felt a surge of anger once again. My UFT advocate was very clear on the multitude of ways the principal failed to follow protocol, providing documentation to support his statements. It angered me because I felt I was treated unfairly in the tenure process. I felt targeted for termination ever since returning from medical leave-a leave taken because I was injured in a car accident. Because I have a lawsuit pending, I cannot disclose too many details but I will say this: Prior to taking FMLA, all of my annual ratings and formal observations were rated Satisfactory.  

I’m trying to put this experience behind me, learn from it, and have the courage to continue to pursue my dreams, despite the doubts and anxieties I may feel. I applied for a week-long summer teaching position in the field of Agriculture this afternoon. I am really excited about this opportunity. 

There was a downpour earlier this afternoon followed by the appearance of a beautiful rainbow.  I’d like to think that as I looked to the rainbow, it was a reminder to myself that I’m that female that follows her dream. 🙂 

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About Magaly L.

Five Facts About Me: 1. I was born in El Salvador, grew up in NY, and after being in the United States for almost 33 years, I finally became a citizen in 2013. I was super excited when I voted for the first time! 2. My personal favorites: chocolate, desserts, dancing, the beach, leisure travel, reading, juicing, gardening, cooking, spending time with family, and writing. I really do love chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate, but any chocolate is better than none. I also love red velvet cupcakes from my favorite bakery in NYC, Two Little Red Hens on the Upper East Side. And I love spending time in nature. There's something so peaceful about listening to the birds or listening to the waves break, that centers me in the present moment and reminds me that Divine order is at work in my life. 3. I come from a large family and I love it! My parents, two brothers, one sister, LOTS of cousins, aunts, uncles, abuelos, and my "gotitas de amor"-my nieces and nephews. 4. I am an educator both by training and at heart. 5. I have been living with PNES (psychogenic non-epileptic seizures) since 2007. Though this condition has been life-altering and challenging to live with at times, it has also led me to a more fulfilling life, strengthening my faith and helping me have the courage to pursue my passions and chase a couple of dreams.
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