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. 🙂