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New job (2 years after credentialling) in Science in southern California

No Child Left Behind? The True Story of a Teacher's Quest

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I was thinking I must have read about this book here, but evidently not. It is about the 3+ year career of Elizabeth Blake, a middle-aged career changer science teacher, who experienced enormous bullying of teachers, including herself, by principals, district administrators, other teachers, and out-of-control "at risk" students. http://www.amazon.com/Child-Behind-Story-Teachers-Quest/dp/1587768798/re...
I was absolutely devastated when I finished it, and wondered how she managed so long.

I have a fellow teacher who

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I have a fellow teacher who has viciously targeted at least 3 other teachers on staff...she spaces out the bullying (average about 7 months)...concentrating on one at a time. She lies, gossips, and spends a lot time wasting other staff members' time with her disfunction. I called her on it last year and now since I just had surgery and have been out for 10 days, she must figure it's payback time...sheesh...what a character flaw! I was beyond upset at first, then I took many deep breaths...she is the same "mean girl type" I didn't understand in jr. high...and I ignored them then. It is never easy, and I have the luxury of being mature and pretty fearless by now, but still, small minded, mean people will always mistify me! oh, be thinking of me, I haven't seen her yet...but like I said--no fear! onward all ye who teach to make positive change! (typing with left hand--shoulder surgery...no caps!)

So, how do you....

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I've been at my school for 8 years and they are "eliminating" my position. I'm looking for a new job - I want to be a teacher trainer., which is why I got the additional Master Tech Teacher certification. My resume doesn't show much experience with training because I was not given the opportunity to work with the teachers in my school. My latest performance reviews are not especially favorable, but there is way more to the story than that one hour of observation.

My question is, how or should I explain my "circumstances" to a prospective employer without throwing my administration under the bus? I want to still be respectful to the admin positions, although maybe not the individuals in those positions...

Thanks for any replies I might get!

What do you do when the

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What do you do when the principal LOVES the bully? So frustrating when the bully is given leadership positions and accolades because the principal doesn't see or chooses not to see the behavior.

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The following comment was emailed to me

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Thank you so much for your blogpost about bullying. You would not believe my experience with a 28 year old principal and a 26 year old TFA recruit. My life has been turned completely upside down, and they have worked together to ruin my career and experience as a first year teacher. I am slowly revealing my administration's actions in a series of posts via my blog at:
www.elleckert.com. I plan to start posting documents, including some of the most ridiculous emails in the history of education, soon. In my opinion it was completely irresponsible of [district withheld] to hire someone that young and inexperienced to manage a tough urban high school. She barely has any classroom experience herself, even though [the superintendent] highly recommended her to the board. He embellished her credentials to the point of the ridiculous. My principal is a bully in full swing mode; I am not the only staff member she openly ridiculed and mistreated; she behaved in this manner with students present. Feel free to post my comments. You may borrow my latest blogpost [www.elleckert.com] for your comment section. Thank you again for bringing this terrible and shameful subject to light. Not only does this harm the profession, it also hampers student success.

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Hi Christopher, Thank you for

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Hi Christopher,

Thank you for taking the time to summarize your story. It's a testament to how much you want to serve that, despite the obstacles you have encountered, you still want to be back in the classroom.

History Teacher, Seattle

Hard to fight back

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As a victim of this behavior from my principal (and having seen it done to at least three other colleagues), it is a very difficult thing to fight. I, too, had numerous "anonymous" complaints, positions promised to me and given to another, consistent blame for "problems" in the department and school (even though the department had state test scores of 95% or higher every year I was there). Everything I did was watched and criticized. I felt as if I were teaching with the Sword of Damocles over my head.
I went to the union. I kept copious notes with times and dates. I met with the union president. I met with a lawyer.
The upshot is that I was forced to resign from the school and have not yet gotten back (after two years) into a full-time teaching job in the state.

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How are teachers protected from being harassed, intimidated, and

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Christopher Nesi's emailed me to share his blog post on educators who are bullied: http://mrnesi.wordpress.com/.

Thank you, Christopher.

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I hope so, Melanie. My inbox

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I hope so, Melanie. My inbox is filling with some horrific accounts of teachers being bullied. - Todd

Educational Consultant/Author, Southern California

Excellent input. Hopefully,

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Excellent input. Hopefully, this will encourage more professional behavior, especially directed toward new teachers.

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