Thank you so much for your message. I feel truly dismayed by everything and wondering if I made a mistake going into this profession. I am good at what I do, but spend so much time doing paperwork that I am burning out. And I feel like many teachers just make demands without 'getting it.' And I do feel bad that the students have missed so much speech. I have had 8 sick days since October. That on top of all the non-school days and having to take time to test and do paperwork, well, I guess some teachers are feeling nervous. This district has a long history of hiring emergency people for the SLP positions. That is sped teachers or grad students or warm bodies to do "speech". My husband made me feel better by reminding me that the kids getting 75% of a real SLP is better than what they've had before.
I just got to get out of this job. I am not even sure anymore if I want to finish the school year out. A friend of mine in a rehab told me of a job and I think I am going to apply.
Thank you over&out. Your message made me feel human. I was feeling defeated and questioning my own worth because I do feel bad about the kids missing some speech. I am only human though and have been sick. I will spend the break time on my resume and get to looking for other work. It's sad to say that I have been so overwhelmed with work and being sick that I haven't had the energy to do that before now.
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