As I sit and write this post I am jobless. I resigned my teaching post during my maternity leave as my request for part time hours could not be accommodated.
On 6th June my maternity pay ends and I am yet to find a new job.
You see, the thing is after nearly 12 years of being in the teaching profession I don’t know if it’s for me anymore.
I haven’t become old and jaded but I’m not sure I have the same passion that I used to for it. I am passionate about young people, about them feeling empowered and safe and nurtured but not about targets and grades and performance management. I am passionate about investing in the lives of young people but not about making them jump through hoops.
I have worked in mainstream, PRU, Alternative Education, SEN and within each it is only a matter of time before it becomes about everything else but quality time with the students and to be honest, that’s never what I signed up for.
I am torn, don’t get me wrong, this has been my vocation, my calling for 12 years, I have eaten, breathed, slept teaching for the majority of my adult life.
Right now, I question if it is where I am best used. I question if my heart is still in it, if I can inflame my passion for it again. It’s frightening.
I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know how everything is going to work out.
I do know that the world looks at me differently now I am a mother. I do know that many will question why I would sacrifice a career.
My perspective has changed, my faith has changed. I have been given skills, abilities and passions and I am called to use them to make a difference.
The question is where?
I haven’t ruled out teaching, it is almost synonymous with who I am but I don’t want to just go through the motions anymore.
So yes, I resigned without a new job to go to. Yes, I stuck to my guns about wanting to work part time and yes, despite the uncertainty of it all, I feel it is one of the most sensible decisions I have ever made.
I don’t know what the future holds but one day I will, for now, it’s about holding fast.